I love Ricks work, but I don't think he has been to Budapest in a decade
Arrive 11 am from Vienna- Keleti Station- City Taxi- to hotel near Opera
For location of the hotel I think you chose wisely. Call the taxi when the train pull into the station. Then follow their directions. Nice folks.
Great Synagogue 1-2:30 - closes 4:30
By the time you reach the hotel and get checked in and are back out the door its going to be close to 1pm. That’s fine. Let’s not rush things. First go to the metro station in front of the Opera and get your metro tickets or Travel Card.
Time for a good Hungarian Lunch. Walk to the end of Andrassy ut and turn right. On the same side of the street you are on, but behind the basilica you will see http://lugas-etterem.com/ Good basic Hungarian fare.
Now its close to 2 pm so head for the Synagogue. You can hoof it our take the 47/49 tram part of the way if you have tickets or a card.
The paid tour is worth it and it takes about an hour.
You might make it back to the Basilica before it closes, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t. When facing the Basilica if you look to your right you will see some of the best souvenir shops in town. Further down the pedestrian plaza in front of the Basilica is a shop that specializes in music themed souvenirs. I like it a lot.
So go get cleaned up. You can walk or take the M1 up Andrassy to your hotel. Then I suggest a great night walk. Make reservations at http://www.maceszhuszar.hu/menu.html (do this before you arrive in Budpaest) for 7 pm. Leave the hotel about 6:30 and walk to the restaurant. From the Opera it will take 10 to 15 minutes if you don’t do any window shopping along the way.
After dinner, walk it off; head straight for Deak Ferenc ter, then Vorsmarty ter, then the river. Its beautiful on the embankment in the evening with all of the lights. You can take the M1 home if you get tired.
Sat June 6
9:45-10:30 Parliament Tour
Get up early and walk to the Parliament tour. It’s a great walk through great plazas and past great architecture.
Then take the tram to the market hall to shop. Eat lunch at the food court on the top floor. Be sure to visit the basement for pickled food and fish.
You can take the 47/49 tram back to the base of Andrassy ut to reach your hotel, but you might want to first take the tram across the river to the Gellert Hotel. First read the history of Nazis and Schindler at the hotel.
The house of terror is right up Andrassy ut from your hotel and a nice walk.
I think I would suggest you continue to Hero’s Square and the City Park and the Bath House.
Have dinner at http://www.paprikavendeglo.hu/ then back to the hotel to clean up before hitting the ruin pubs.
Sun June 7
Today I would walk to the Chain Bridge, across the bridge and up the funicular to Buda Hill. Eat lunch at one of the tourist places in Buda. Then back to Pest where you spend some time shopping along Vaci utca and the Vth district. Dinner maybe at http://hungarikumbisztro.hu/ or http://hungarikumbisztro.hu/ or http://www.menzaetterem.hu/
Tonight go to Kadarka’s wine bar (or one of many other excellent wine bars), sit outside and share memories with a good glass of Hungarian wine and a big plate of pate.