In the well-traveled triangle of Vienna-Prague-Budapest, the Hungarian city is still treated like the little sister. It’s certainly less polished, but also more authentic, and discovering its secrets is a bit of an adventure but one that is infinitely rewarding.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Families | Intellectuals | Romantics
When to goYear-Round
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
3 Days: Essential Budapest
Experience the best of the Hungarian capital with a customized itinerary that includes special access and guided touring. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day One: Historical Budapest
Budapest’s Liberty Monument, visible from afar, is a reminder of the city’s long occupation. Such a rich and complex history has given Budapest a wealth of wonderful museums, like Castle Hill and the House of Terror. Indagare can arrange tours of these sites, during which your expert guide will give you a deeper understanding of the streets through which you travel. After a late lunch at an Indagare-recommended restaurant, you will have some time to shop Budapest’s many boutiques and high-end ateliers and stroll through charming neighborhoods like Old Town.
Day Two: Cruise on the Danube
Even more so than Prague or Vienna, Budapest is a city ruled by water. The Danube River divides the former sovereign townships of hilly Buda and flat Pest, which are engaged in an age-old dialogue across the rushing waters. Whether you choose to start your day with a river cruise or save it for sunset, you will take in stunning views. Today, your guide can also help you choose among Budapest’s many cultural gems: the Palace of Arts, Omorovicza, Matthias Church or Gozdu Court. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at a gourmet restaurant.
Day Three: Budapest Today
Budapest is a city in motion, and the mood is one of optimism and vibrancy. Get a taste of what modern life here is like with a guided tour through the city’s up-and-coming Jewish Quarter and the ruin bars: cheap watering holes that have been transformed into Dr. Seuss-like havens for street art by the younger generation. We also highly recommend seeing the incredibly colorful Dohány synagogue. In the afternoon, stop by the famous, buzzing thermal baths of Széchenyi and enjoy a few cocktails before dinner.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special perks, including upgrades, early check-in, spa credits, and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
The historic and luxurious Four Seasons boasts a central location and strong sense of place that transports guests to the city's golden age.
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The Ritz-Carlton Budapest offers sophisticated, contemporary accommodations near the Danube, second only to the Four Seasons in terms of luxury.