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Trip List by seolram

4 days of culture, food and wine in Budapest

28 Nov 2012  Recent birthdaytrip in November
4.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Museums, features, activities, leisure, food and wine, enjoying the capital of Hungary

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Budapest
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Fall
  • 1. Budapest
    Budapest, Central Hungary

    Day 1
    Try to take an early flight to take most advantage of this trip.
    At the airport buy the Budapest Card, with this trip you will get your money's worth!
    Take bus 200E (Free with the card) and after about 25 minutes you will arrive at the last stop of metro M1. From here you can make your way into town

  • 2. Hotel Bristol
    The Three Corners Hotel Bristol, Budapest, Central Hungary
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    Avg price: $85

    Don't fuss about which hotel to take: centre is very big, so you will be in the centre...
    This hotel is the one we used and it was okay. Helpful staff. It's near all mkinds of public transportation, near the East station, not the nicest of neighbourhoods, but it is safe and a good position to explore the city.

  • 3. Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum)
    Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum), Budapest, Central Hungary

    13:00 Go and have Luncheon (Gulyasleves and Dobos torta as desert) at Astoria (discount with the Budapest card) at Astoria. Lovely service, beautiful restaurant and not that expensive either.

    14:30After your meal, just walk around the block to the National Museum. Don't forget the Archaeology part, just to the left standing before the reception. Really great way to show the objects and give an image to a story!

  • 4. Central Market Hall (Nagy Vasarcsarnok)
    Central Market Hall (Nagy Vasarcsarnok), Budapest, Central Hungary

    16:15 After the vist of the museum it's just a short walk to the Central Market where you can get a bite and a drink on the upper floor or just gaze at all the stuff you can buy at this market. Touristy stuff upstairs.

  • 5. For Sale Bar & Restaurant
    For Sale Pub, Budapest, Central Hungary

    17:30 Near the market, time to handle our thirst with a nice Hungarian beer!
    Great atmosphere, great free peanuts...

  • 6. Huszar Etterem
    Huszar Etterem, Budapest, Central Hungary

    19:00 After a nice walk through city centre take the metro to East station and walk the short distance to this restaurant. The owner is lovely and the food is traditional and good (don't make my mistake: the small round green peppers are actually very HOT!!

  • 7. Budvari Siklo (Buda Hill Funicular)
    Budvari Siklo (Buda Hill Funicular), Budapest, Central Hungary

    Day 2
    10:00 After a nice breakfast take the bus to the other side of the Danube, walk the boulevard right up to the chainbridge. From there ofcourse take the funicular

  • 8. Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Toreneti Muzeum)
    Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Toreneti Muzeum), Budapest, Central Hungary

    11:00u. Archaeology of the city.
    Actually more to see outside where diggs are still going on. Near christmas time there will be a small market near the changing of the guards. They sell inexpensive delicious mulled wine. Take a nice big cup and enjoy while getting warm!
    Get a nice mulled wine outside and see the changing of the guards at noon.

  • 9. Labyrinth of Buda Castle (Budavari Labirintus)

    12:30 Underneath the castle grounds caves and cellars to wander through. A special way to explore some of Budapest history. Discount with the budapest card, good thing since it is a bit expensive. Bit strange though, it seems as if two different groups were in charge of establishing a collection: one with emphasis on architecture and history, the other one with touristy entertainment... bit weird

    (it seems as though the labyrinth has closed down indefinately... so maybe go and see the Farmacy museum instead?)

  • 10. Fekete Hollo Etterem
    Fekete Hollo Etterem, Budapest, Central Hungary

    13:30 Time to get something to eat so go for the daily special menu, lovely traditional food, probably with some hungarian muscicians to play something during your meal. Staff can be a bit rude, but just ignore that and enjoy your meal.

  • 11. Matthias Church (Matyas Templom)
    Matthias Church (Matyas Templom), Budapest, Central Hungary

    14:30 Brilliant roof and really great to see when you are a big fan of the Sissi movies, lots of renovation going on at this point in time, but still beautiful.

  • 12. Fisherman's Bastion (Halaszbastya)
    Fisherman's Bastion (Halaszbastya), Budapest, Central Hungary

    15:10 Not as old as it seems, but what a view! The tower at the far end has a bar in it, you can go for hot wine in the winter. In summertime there is a terrace with a view at the lower level, also nice to enjoy a drink while taking in the scenery.

    The gate-tower at the far end also has a restaurant, looks lovely, haven't been in, but I do think it's worth a visit, has a discount with the budapest card.

  • 13. Szabo Marcipan Museum
    Szabo Marcipan Museum, Budapest, Central Hungary

    15:30 Don't expect too much, just nice to say you have been here. The shop is great though... lots of nice marzipan candy.
    After this visit: go to the Hilton hotel jsut behind Szabo and go to the lobby. Here you will find the remains of an old monastery, nice to see!

  • 14. Royal Wine House and Wine Cellar Museum
    Royal Wine House and Wine Cellar Museum, Budapest, Central Hungary

    16:15 Take the big tasting platter, 1 white wine, one rose, one red, one tokaij and palinka all served with cheese, crackers etc. You also get to explore the wine culture of Hungaria through plaquettes with information

  • 15. Hunyadi Etterem Restaurant
    Hunyadi Etterem Restaurant, Budapest, Central Hungary

    18:00 time to get something in our stomach. After descending via Fisherman's bastion, make your way to this restaurant (okay it wasn't as great as the reviews will make you think, but it was decent. Wines are a bit overpriced though...)

  • 16. Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid)
    Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid), Budapest, Central Hungary

    20:00 Making our way back to Pest we of course cross the famous chainbridge

  • 17. Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty ter)
    Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty ter), Budapest, Central Hungary

    20:30 In november and december you will find a great christmasmarket here, lovely atmosphere, buzzling and bubbling, mulled wine, all kinds of food, cozy!
    Loads of great bars near as well, so if you're not tired yet: take your pick! Otherwise you can get on the metrosystem right here and make your way back to the hotel.

  • 18. Heroes' Square
    Heroes' Square, Budapest, Central Hungary

    Day 3
    Again, great breakfast in the hotel, get some energy: big day ahead!

    10:00 Take the lovely old metro line up to the Heroes'square (oldest line in mainland of Europe). Take a stroll through the park, maybe even walk up to the 'castle', in winter enjoy the ice skating going on here. Then make your way to the Zoo.

  • 19. Budapest Zoo (Budapesti Allakert)
    Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, Budapest, Central Hungary

    11:00 Free with the Budapest card, so time for a quick run through the zoo. Pay attention to the lovely Art deco buildings.

  • 20. St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)
    St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), Budapest, Central Hungary

    12:45 Of course with a discount with the elevator to the top for an amzing view of Budapest.

  • 21. GERBEAUD
    Gerbeaud, Budapest, Central Hungary

    13:30 Cake time! (instead of Luncheon), perfect posh atmosphere, have a nice hot chocolate with dark chocolate or one of the speciality coffees to go with your cake.
    By the way: also a discount on the bill with the card.

    After this sweeth-tooth luncheon go up to Danube river and get your tickets for the evening cruise.

  • 22. Parliament (Orszaghaz)
    Parliament (Orszaghaz), Budapest, Central Hungary

    After getting tickets for the night cruise take the tram up to the parliament. With this tramline you will pass the shoes on Danube boulevard. If you are lucky you can get a tour through the parliament ( bring your ID), but just to have a nice closer look at the building is great as well.

  • 23. Museum of Ethnography (Neprajzi Muzeum)
    Museum of Ethnography (Neprajzi Muzeum), Budapest, Central Hungary

    14:45 Just across the street from the parliament you will find this museum. Big building, once the palace of justice. The building in its own is great, but the exposition is also fantastic, lots to learn about etnographic tradition in Hungary, great outfits, good interactive way to get to know the habits of a country.

    After a quick visit, get back to the tram and make your way back to Elisabeth bridge. Get of the tram and cross the bridge.

  • 24. Rudas Baths
    Rudas Baths, Budapest, Central Hungary

    16:15 Ottoman Baths. You may not see it at first but when going into the baths you'll see the beautiful architrecture from the 16th century. There is a discount with the budapestcard (which they try to get out of, just don't get fooled)

  • 25. Silenus Pub & Rezangyal Bistro
    Silenus Pub & Rezangyal Bistro, Budapest, Central Hungary

    17:30 just a wee hour in the baths, crossing the bridge again: time for some Hungarian beer and a snack at the bar of Silenus pub: lots of choice!, after a beer or two, make your way back to Danube river

  • 26. Danube
    Danube, Budapest, Central Hungary

    18:30 Night cruise on the Danube with a nice glass of champagne! There's an audio system in almost every language imaginable so you won't have to miss a thing.
    After the cruise, take the tram back to parliament and from there walk to the restaurant.

  • 27. Hungarikum Bisztro
    Hungarikum Bistro, Budapest, Central Hungary

    20:00 Lovely restaurant, traditional food, near the metro, so you can easily get back to your hotel, and nice staff!

  • 28. House of Hungarian Art Nouveau
    House of Hungarian Art Nouveau (Magyar Szecesszio Haza), Budapest, Central Hungary

    Day 4: our last day already! After a nice breakfast and checking out, leave your luggage at the hotel and take the metro to Parliament, if you did not succeed in getting a tour yesterday, you might want to get a ticket now and maybe come back later in the day to take the tour.

    10:30 From this metro station it is just a quick stroll to the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau. It really is lovely and you do get a discount with the Budapest card, but to be honest: just go to the museum cafe and get a slice of lovely cake and a coffee: you will see just as much

  • 29. Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)
    Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz), Budapest, Central Hungary

    12:15 Stroll through the area and make your way to the beautiful opera building. Just go inside, you cannot miss this! (If you really want to see everything and anything in this building: book a tour, if not: just visit the lobby and the shop. You of course also can book tickets for the opera earlier in your trip... great experience!)

  • 30. Alexandra Bookstore
    Book Cafe - Lotz Terem, Budapest, Central Hungary

    12:45 After admiring the Opera go across the street to the former Parisian building, beautiful art deco and lots of books and wine inside, but you really have to go up to the first floor and have luncheon in the former ballroom of the casino.
    Have a nice glass of white mulled wine and enjoy the decoration while eating.

  • 31. Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum (Liszt Ferenc Emlekmuzeum)
    Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum (Liszt Ferenc Emlekmuzeum), Budapest, Central Hungary

    13:45 It's just a small walk from the bookstore to this museum.
    You get discount with Budapestcard. You can only obtain info with the Aufdio guide, so if you don't want to pay extra for such a device, bring your own info about Liszt. The museum is small, but lots of lovely items, too bad there isn't some more information about the lfe and work of mr. Liszt.

    Now it probably is about time to return to the hotel, pick up your stuff, take the metro back to the bus and head for the airport ( make sure you plan enough time for the bus, it can be a long and bumpy ride!)

    Hope you have enjoyed the trip!