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3-Day Itinerary Suggestions

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can provide. We are spending four nights in Budapest in late August as part of month-long European trip. It will be my husband and I, and our four kids (ages 9-11).

Arrival Day - We are staying near St Stephens Basilica and will arrive around 4pm. I'm not sure what we can accomplish this day.

Day 1 - Castle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Gellert Hill?

Day 2 - Parliament grounds, Heroes Square, City Park

Day 3 - Margaret Island - our kids want to do the pools/baths/slides here

Departure Day - Leave early

What day does it make sense to go to the Market Hall? Could we walk everywhere or is it best to use public transport? Any suggestions about what else to add to the itinerary? Thank you!

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Sunday, Sept 1 - We are staying near St Stephens Basilica and will arrive
around 4pm. I'm not sure what we can accomplish this day.

Depends on the age of the kids. At the least you can walk down the pedestrian area in front of the Basilica to the river than ride the 2 tram along the river front. This gives you a pretty good overview of the city. Beautiful views too. Maybe stop at the Corso and have a bite to eat. When the sun goes down the view across the river is pretty spectacular.

  • Monday, September 2: stle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Gellert Hill?

That's good for a half day. The first half could be the Great Synagogue and the Jewish district, then the tram to the Market Hall and then tram across the river to Buda and on to the funicular to the Castle Hill. Three will be a lot to see and do, but the Museums will be closed (Monday). Walk down, walk across the Chain Bridge and the Basilica is an interesting 10 minute walk from the Pest end of the Bridge.

Tuesday, September 3 - Parliament grounds, Heroes Square, City Park.

Walk to the Parliament and take the morning tour. Buy tickets on line asap. Then walk down to the Shoes Memorial before Walking Falk Miska utca to 4/6 Tram. It passes the Nyugati Train Station (designed by Effiel), The second stop will be the Oktogon where you can take the M1 Metro to Hero's Squarfe and the Park. Walkk back down Andrassy ut for the architecture and the beautiful tree lined Blvd.

Wednesday, September 4 - Margaret Island - our kids want to do the pools/baths/slides

The bath house in City Park would provide more cultural insight. Second half of the day visit Vaci utca.

Thursday, September 5 - Leave early. Call City Taxi the night before for the ride to the airport if that is where you are going.

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Thanks for your reply. Sorry I didn't see it earlier; I had notifications off. I appreciate the details about trams, etc.
Our arrival day is actually Sunday, Sept 1, and we depart on Thursday, Sept 5.

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Thank you very much, James. The details are appreciated!
(Side note: We are going to Slovenia after Budapest.)

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If you plan your days around location, Budapest is a really walk-able city as long as you all are okay with doing a decent amount of walking!

A few suggestions:

  • On day 1, you could do all of that plus add on the Market Hall (can walk from Gellert Hill really easily) and then maybe end the day with dinner in the Jewish district. Mazel Tov is a great place for Mediterranean or even a place called Drum Cafe for traditional and cheap Hungarian food.
  • On day 2, that sounds like a good mix of things! I recommend walking along Andrassy Avenue which leads to Heroes Square and City Park either on the way to or back. The M1 metro runs under Andrassy so if you get tired of walking that is a great option to get you back to the city center. St. Istvans Basilica is also convenient to at least see and walk around on this day.
  • I think it'd be pretty cool to rent a bike/car thing on Margaret island. The kids would definitely love it and all of you would be able to fit in one of the bikes.
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With regards to the baths, don't lock yourself into one specific day. What if it rains? I'd go the first nice sunny day, or keep a very close eye on the weather. We were there in June, and it was great, but our "bath day" was a rainy one.