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Budapest 5.5 Days in December

I have wanted to go visit Budapest for years so finally pulled the trigger and booked for December 2019! I have a long list of things I want to do but having more trouble than usual getting it all pulled into a cohesive itinerary and could really use some advice (please!). We will be arriving on Sunday, December 8th at 830 (hence the .5 days) and will leave on Saturday, December 14th at 830 as well. We are staying at K+K Opera hotel. Following is everything I'd like to do (in order of preference), and I know there's more I'm missng, this is just the "short" list so far:
1. Christmas markets (Vorosmarty Square and Basilica)
2. Szechenyi and Gellert baths
3. Wine Tasting at Faust Wine Cellar 
4. St. Stephens Basilica
5. Buda Castle
6. Cave Church
7. Refueling stops at Ruszwurm and New York Café
8. Nutcracker (Wed/Thurs only
9. River cruise (night)
10. Parliament tour
11. Ruin pub (Mazel Tov)
12. Fisherman's Bastian
13. Momento park
Again - any help or advice on putting this together, as well as any additional suggestions for restaurants, sites I'm missing would be very much appreciated! Thank you in advance!

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Nice list. The good thing is that getting around is very easy ... and in fact part of the experience. Some things are day of the week dependent, some time of day dependent. So the details are excellent. You pretty much ignored Jewish Budapest ... not a high priority?

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Thank you James! Not the case at all, I just didn't know if we'd have the time so I was really trying to pare down the list to a bare minimum. I've been poring over the forums all day though, and I think I'll have plenty of time (actually a lot). If you don't mind, what are your thoughts on the following itinerary (there are some holes, I admit). I have an entire two days left so I'd love to add Jewish Budapest in there as well:
St. Stephens Basilica (self tour)
Basilica Christmas Market
Dinner @ Vak Varju

Chain bridge
Fisherman's Bastian & Matthias Church
Ruszwurm Cafe
Funicular to Buda Hill
Buda Castle
Buda Christmas Market
Wine tasting @ Faust
Cave Church
Gellert Baths

Parliament Tour
Shoes on the Danube
River Cruise (530)
Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market

Momento Park
New York Palace Cafe
Szechenyi Baths

Posted by
1189 posts

Hi from Wisconsin,
Nice list.

6, only if you are passing by.

7 add the Cafe Muvesz across from the Opera house. And actually, try getting tickets to see a performance in the Opera Hauz. Even if you are not an Opera or classical music fan, you will never forget it.

8 sounds like you might being going there.

I have built a map of Budapest with the locations we all want to get to, Except the Gellert...hmmm, I should add that. I am happy to send you my map. Ask me for it at [email protected]

Wayne iNWI

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1189 posts

This is the second time the font has gone bizerk. Maybe it is starting a line with a pound sign. It makes it look as though I am shouting.

Note to RS: this is an android Samsung devise.

Wayne iNWI