This morning I got a call from an old (very old) college roommate. He is taking a cruise starting in Budapest and decided to add a few days in Budapest.
Since I went through all the trouble I thought I would share it (edited).
Day One: He arrives late afternoon and take a taxi to the hotel. I suggested the Intercontinental or the Marriott because its such a short stay. There they can sit on the Corso in the evenings and enjoy one of the most stunning views in Europe. That alone makes for a good trip.
I suggested after checking in to walk to the end of Andrassy ut as that will take them through some lovely areas and its easy to negotiate.
From there up Andrassy ut past the beautiful architecture, the opera house and the designer shops to the Oktogon. From the Oktogon the next third of Andrassy ut is magnificent old apartment blocks that give a wonderful idea of what pre-war Budapest must have been like.
The last third of Andrassy ut is home to the great mansions, now many embassies; before reaching Hero’s Square. I am hoping by now the sun has set as its more beautiful at night.
From there, dinner at Paprika’s and then a visit to the Hungarian hose of music before getting on the M1 for the short trip back to very near their hotel. Then drinks on the Corso and bed.
Day Two: The 2 Tram Day. First a tour of the Parliament Budilding, the Shoes, then to visit some antique shops then the tram back to the Great Market Hall. Then the tram to Great Synagogue and spend the rest of the day in District VII.
Day Three: Morning at and around Buda Castle (by tram and funicular) . Afternoon in the area of the Basilica and evening in the bath house.
Day Four: Transfer to the ship about 200m from the hotel. Skip their tour and hit a few museums (all by tram and the M1).