Like an alluring painting that sits prettily on a pedestal in a museum, the fascinating Hungarian capital of Budapest sits prettily across the slithering Danube river. Full of sights that appease the eyes and the soul, trips to Budapest are generally a mix of the traditional and the eclectic. With beautiful architecture peppered all across its length and breadth and an intriguing history that makes the city fascinating, you should definitely visit Budapest if you love destinations that have a charismatic presence. And, if you plan on visiting this gem for just 3 days, worry not, we have just the itinerary for you. Without further ado…
What to see in Budapest in 3 days: a perfect itinerary!
Day 1: Walk around the Danube
Day 1 should begin with you wearing comfortable footwear and going on a Budapest walking tour. Take a stroll down the marvelous Széchenyi Chain Bridge, then follow it up with a guided tour of the architecturally marvelous Hungarian Parliament building. It is considered to be one of the prettiest parliament buildings in the world. The guided tours are available only when the National Assembly is not in session. If you happen to visit during a session though, don’t worry, you can still admire the beauty of this 100+ year old building from the outside.
One of the places to visit in Budapest is the humbling ‘Shoes on the Danube bank’ memorial. It is dedicated to the people (many of whom were Jews) who were made to line up against the riverbank, asked to remove their shoes and were then mercilessly shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen, during World War II.
You can end Day 1 with a Budapest river cruise where you’ll gently glide into the sunset as you enjoy good food and drinks.
Day 2: Explore the Buda side of Budapest
When faced with the question of what to see in Budapest in 3 days, the answer invariably ends with Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and Matthias Church! All three are located on the Buda side of Budapest, so you should begin you day with a ride in the funicular up the Buda Castle hill and enjoy a hearty breakfast at the quaint café located on the terrace of the splendid lookout towers of Fisherman’s Bastion. And while exploring the terraces of the bastion, if you get that feeling like you have seen it somewhere, maybe you have – it looks similar to the logo of Walt Disney Films!
Your next stop can be at the Matthias Church which is a magnificent 19th century church (with a history dating back to ages before the 19th century!) boasting of intricate Neo-gothic architecture. End your day by visiting the most famous tourist attraction in the city- the humongous and glorious Buda Castle. Within the castle, you will find the intriguing National Gallery as well as the Budapest History Museum.
Day 3: Some shopping and sightseeing in Budapest
If you are on a mission to complete the maximum number of things to see in Budapest in 3 days, maybe you should start your day at the bustling and vivid Central Market Hall. An offbeat tourist attraction in the capital, this neogothic restored market hall has it all- from fruits, vegetables and spices to souvenirs and wine.
After spending the morning at the Central Market hall, you can spend the afternoon atop the Gellert Hill where you can enjoy panoramic views of Budapest. You will also find the lovely fortification of The Citadella on the hill and you should definitely check it out.
End your 3 days trip to Budapest with an evening in the thrilling Budapest Eye. Not as famous as the London Eye, this one is a beautiful experience, nonetheless. Offering pretty views of Budapest, this giant Ferris wheel is located at Erzsébet Square.
Hope you have a beautiful time in Budapest during your 3-days’ trip. We wish you a happy journey.