4 Day Trip Budapest
4 Nights Stay in Budapest
Guided City Tour
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Day 1: Budapest,
4 Day Trip Budapest , Drop your gear and meet the crew. Get your bearings on a walking tour and take notes of where you wanna come back and visit tomorrow. Tonight, be introduced to some hearty Hungarian food at a local restaurant and bond with your fellow Topdeckers with a round or two.
Day 2: Budapest
Today is all yours. Snap a selfie at Buda Castle and if time allows, visit the House of Terror Museum before exploring the streets. Next up, relax at the Széchenyi Baths and indulge in a spa treatment. After a full day exploring, you deserve it. Pro tip: when night falls, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars.
Day 3: Budapest
A full free day for the win! Catch the sites that are left on your list, dig into some more local comfort food and stake out a local bar to ring in the New Year. Be sure to catch the fireworks tonight – the medieval city straddling the Danube river makes for an epic backdrop.
Day 4: Budapest
Our trip may be over, but you can stick around and see how the start of the year pans out (pretty well, if you’re here).
Parliament Buildings and Crown Jewels
A highlight of a walk around Budapest’s lovely pedestrian-friendly cobbled streets is the area around the country’s architecturally pleasing Parliament building, and its neighbors, the Museum of Ethnography and the Ministry of Agriculture. The world’s third largest parliament building, this Neo-Gothic building was inaugurated in 1886 to mark the country’s 1,000th anniversary. (Hungary was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.) It boasts 691 rooms as well as an impressive 19 kilometers of corridors and stairs. Guided tours (approximately 45 minutes) are available whenever the government is not sitting and include many of the building’s highlights, such as the main entrance hall, various lobbies, and the Hungarian Crown Jewels.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
St. Stephen’s Basilica of Budapest is also a cathedral and is a popular attraction for its impressive architecture, the beauty of its interior, and the panoramic views from its dome. Dedicated to St. Stephen, Hungary’s holy king who was also the founder of the Hungarian state, it was begun in 1851, but after several construction setbacks – including the collapse of its unfinished dome – it was not dedicated until 1905. The roof, towers, and external walls were badly damaged in World War II, and the church’s precious mosaics fell from the walls. But these were successfully restored to their original place and are the highlight of the richly decorated interior. The five-part Venetian mosaic is in the sanctuary and represents the allegories of the mass. The most precious holy relic is displayed under glass in the chapel to the left of the high altar, the mummified right hand of the church’s patron saint, the first king of Hungary.