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4 days - Budapest

We are staying 4 days (and 5 nights) n Budapest. Booed a hotel on the Pesht Embankment right on the Fovam Ter station. Will welcome itinerary suggestions...and also suggestions on good eating places near the hotel.

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Remarkable city just got back 10 days ago and wish we could have spent another few days. Don't misses, are the castle and the parliament building. The tour of the parliament building inside is only 45 minutes but worth it IMHO. We also did an incredible Legenda Dinner Cruise at night. The meal was very good and with the open boat and perfect weather to see the castle & parliament building lit at night was spectacular. The
You didn't say when you were going and I do suggest you pick up RS book on Budapest. It is a wealth of information.

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Thanks a lot for the information Shelley. We are going in October. Have already got the RS eastern europe guidebook. Getting other information via the travel forum. Which museums did you see...or would suggest. The one which I am definitely interested in is the House of Terror. Will definitely look into the parliament.

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You're staying in a great location for the metro and trams--and there's something special about being right on the Danube. I stayed in that area 3 times before venturing to mid-town off Andrassy this May. The House of Terror is one of the most fascinating museums I've ever toured, definitely don't miss that. Also reserve your tickets for Parliament as soon as possible. Castle Hill can easily take half to a whole day to explore, between St Matthias church, Fishermen's Bastion and the National Gallery, also down below on the far side of the hill is the wonderful Hospital in the Rock museum--it was built into the natural caves and used during WWII and the 1956 revolution. The Dohany synagogue is another don't miss. If you have Rick's Budapest (much more detailed than the Eastern Europe one) book it will give you all the detailed info you need. A couple of my favorite museums are closed for renovation--The Applied Arts--or being moved--The Neprajzi (ethnographic). The guidebook will also show you how to get to Szentendre, a lovely & charming little artist's colony about 45 minutes from Budapest--you can take the HEV train there and return by boat--nice place to get out of Budapest for a half day. Whatever you do, allow plenty of time to just wander this beautiful city, on foot or by tram--it's my most favorite place in the world and it has a pleasantly busy vibe, never feels hectic or overwhelming. If you need some nature you can visit my favorite place in Budapest, Margit sziget. Gardens, the ruins of a monastery, baths, bike rentals, and the little zoo where there are storks that I am ridiculously fond of--right in the middle of the Danube.

This website is good for finding out if any special events or festivals are happening when you're in town.