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3 days in Budapest

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3 days in Budapest
Budapest in three days. Make sure to walk the streets of Buda and Pest.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Castle Hill (Varhegy)
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Castle Hill (Varhegy)

Lovingly restored after being reduced to rubble during World War II, this picturesque area is located in the heart of medieval Budapest, which is characterized by cobblestone streets, narrow alleys and lovely squares surrounded by baroque and classical buildings.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Buda Castle
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Buda Castle

Destroyed by fire in World War II, this imposing 13th-century palace was rebuilt with modern interiors while incorporating hidden walls and medieval structures that remained hidden over the centuries.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Matthias Church (Matyas Templom)
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Matthias Church (Matyas Templom)

Used over the centuries as a coronation church for the Hungarian kings, the slender and graceful architecture of this beautiful church dominates the main square of the Castle area.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid)
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Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid)

Completed in 1849, this bridge was the first to be built across the Hungarian section of the Danube and is now considered to be one of the city's major landmarks.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Karpatia Restaurant & Brasserie
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Karpatia Restaurant & Brasserie

One of the oldest restaurants in Budapest, Kárpátia serves traditional and contemporary Hungarian cuisine with Gypsy musicians playing for diners in the evenings.

Cost: $12 - $37
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Day 2
Parliament (Orszaghaz)
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Parliament (Orszaghaz)

The domed neo-Gothic structre was inspired by the British House of Parliament and serves as both a vibrant government center and a proud city landmark on the banks of the Danube.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum)
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Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum)

The history of Hungary and its people through the ages is covered in many magnificent exhibits and works of art.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Gellert Spa
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Gellert Spa

Gellert Spa is a traditional Hungarian thermal bath complex with spa treatments. The bath house has beautiful Art Nouveau architecture dating back to... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Fulemule Etterem
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Fulemule Etterem
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Day 3
Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar)
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Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar)

Built in 1896 for the Millennial celebrations, this large complex houses 21 exact replicas of the most magnificent and historic buildings of Hungary.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Szepmuveszeti Muzeum
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Szepmuveszeti Muzeum

The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest houses the most significant European Art collection of the region between Vienna and St. Petersburg. The exhibitions halls delight visitors with an array of splendid compositions by Raphael, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Goya, Manet, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne and Chagall, among many others. In 2007 the museum joined the ranks of those... More

The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest houses the most significant European Art collection of the region between Vienna and St. Petersburg. The exhibitions halls delight visitors with an array of splendid compositions by Raphael, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Goya, Manet, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne and Chagall, among many others. In 2007 the museum joined the ranks of those museums that attract the highest numbers of visitors worldwide.The Museum of Fine Arts was built as part of the celebrations surrounding the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of Hungary and was inaugurated by King and Emperor Franz Joseph on December 1, 1906. The building simultaneously recalls both an antique temple and a Renaissance palace. The Egyptian Art Collection of the museum is one of the richest of its kind in Central Europe. The Classical Antiquities Collection embraces the entire period of antiquity. The Old Masters’ Collection is represented by around three thousand paintings of the most important eras of European painting from the 13th till the end of the 18th century. Visitors can enjoy the famous sculptures of Sansovino, Riemenschneider and Messerschmidt, in the newly renovated rooms of the new permanent collection of the Old Sculptures Collection in 2013. The Prints and Drawings Collection is an inexhaustible treasure trove embracing the history of drawing and reproductive techniques in Europe. Its approximately 10 000 drawings and 100 000 prints can be seen in the course of temporary exhibitions. The Department of Art after 1800 covers the works of world famous artists as well. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Heroes' Square
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Heroes' Square

A large square constructed in 1896 for the millennium of the Magyar Conquest of Hungary. The square's Millennial Monument is flanked by the Fine Arts Museum and the Mucsarnok Art Gallery.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
Varosliget
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Varosliget

The Városliget is a great place to spend a whole day. In summer you can take a look at the architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle, take a seat at the... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Menza
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Menza
Cost: $10 - $15
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