Explore Budapest’s highlights in four days!

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a beautiful city with rich history, stunning architecture, thermal baths, and vibrant culture. Four days in Budapest will allow you to explore its highlights and experience its charm. Here’s a suggested itinerary for spending four days in Budapest:

Day 1: Explore Buda Castle District and Gellért Hill

  • Start your day by visiting Buda Castle District, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which includes Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Matthias Church. Explore the medieval streets, enjoy panoramic views of the Danube River and Pest side from Fisherman’s Bastion, and visit the beautiful Matthias Church.
  • Walk across the famous Chain Bridge, one of Budapest’s iconic landmarks, to reach Gellért Hill. Climb up to the top of Gellért Hill for panoramic views of the city and the Danube River. You can also visit Gellért Baths, a historic thermal bathhouse located at the foot of Gellért Hill, for a relaxing soak in the thermal waters.
  • In the evening, head to the Danube Promenade on the Pest side and take a stroll along the river, enjoying the beautiful views of Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament Building lit up at night.

Day 2: Explore Pest side and Visit Hungarian Parliament Building

  • Start your day by exploring the Pest side of Budapest. Visit Heroes’ Square, a historic square with statues of Hungarian national heroes, and nearby City Park, which includes Vajdahunyad Castle and Széchenyi Thermal Bath, one of the largest thermal baths in Europe.
  • Take a leisurely walk along Andrássy Avenue, a grand boulevard lined with beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings, and visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, a stunning Roman Catholic cathedral known for its panoramic views from the dome.
  • In the afternoon, visit the Hungarian Parliament Building, one of the largest parliament buildings in the world and an iconic symbol of Budapest. Take a guided tour to admire its magnificent architecture and learn about its history.
  • In the evening, you can enjoy a scenic Danube River cruise or go for a relaxing evening soak at one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths, such as Széchenyi or Gellért Baths.

Day 3: Visit Museums and Explore Jewish Quarter

  • Budapest is home to many museums that offer insights into its history and culture. You can visit the Hungarian National Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Hungarian National Gallery, or House of Terror Museum, depending on your interests.
  • Afterward, head to the historic Jewish Quarter, which is known for its unique architecture, vibrant street art, and rich Jewish heritage. Visit the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe, and explore the Jewish Museum, which offers a glimpse into the history and culture of Hungarian Jews.
  • Take a walk along Kazinczy Street, the heart of the Jewish Quarter, and discover its trendy ruin bars, unique shops, and local street food scene. You can also visit the Gozsdu Udvar, a buzzing courtyard filled with restaurants, bars, and entertainment options.

Day 4: Relax at a Thermal Bath and Explore Margaret Island

  • Start your day by visiting one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths for a relaxing soak in the mineral-rich thermal waters. Gellért Baths, Széchenyi Baths, or Rudas Baths are all excellent options to experience Budapest’s spa culture and unwind.
  • Afterward, head to Margaret Island, a scenic island located in the middle of the Danube River. Rent a bike or take a leisurely stroll along the island’s paths, enjoy its parks, gardens, and recreational facilities, and visit attractions such as the Musical Fountain, Rose Garden, or the medieval ruins of Dominican Convent.

What currency will I need?

The Hungarian Forint (HUF) is the official currency of Hungary, which is a country located in Central Europe. It has been the official currency of Hungary since August 1946, replacing the Hungarian pengő. The Hungarian Forint is abbreviated as “Ft” or “HUF” in currency exchange markets.

The Hungarian Forint is issued and regulated by the Hungarian National Bank, which is the central bank of Hungary. The banknotes and coins of the Hungarian Forint are minted in Hungary and are widely used in the country for various transactions.

The Hungarian Forint banknotes come in denominations of 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 Forints, while the coins are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Forints. The banknotes and coins feature prominent Hungarian historical figures, landmarks, and cultural symbols, reflecting the country’s rich history and heritage.

The Hungarian Forint is widely accepted and used for transactions within Hungary, and it is not commonly used outside the country. It is also used as a medium of exchange in some neighbouring countries, where Hungarian communities exist.

Should I use travel cash or a card?

According to Mintel, 90% of British travellers take some travel cash with them. It’s perfect for tips, taxis, street-side vendors and locations which do not have card machines (or where they are not working). It’s easy to budget with, and share with other members of your party. It’s also not prone to technical faults, does not require internet access, and you won’t be charged to use it.

Having a debit card is also a great idea as backup – just make sure you know what fees the card issuer charges to make payments in the foreign currency (better still, find one that makes no charges at all). Bigger purchases should be made on a travel-friendly UK-issued credit card to get that additional Section 75 protection (see https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/everyday-money/credit-and-purchases/how-youre-protected-when-you-pay-by-card). Make sure when paying by card that you ALWAYS pay in the foreign currency – do not let the card processor do the conversion to GBP as you will always get a worse rate. That applies even if the foreign currency is already loaded onto a prepaid multi-currency card – the card issuer will decide whether to settle from your foreign currency wallet or not.

Where can I buy currency?

You will typically get a better deal buying your travel cash here in the UK before you travel. Look for the highest possible foreign currency exchange rate to indicate the best deal. For example, a rate of HUF 414.8869 is better than HUF 394.8481 when buying Hungarian Forint (HUF). Airports tend to offer the worst rates – especially if you have not pre-ordered – and you may find a bureau de change on your High Street, in a supermarket or department store, in many travel agents, and at major transport hubs.

You can also buy Hungarian Forint from Travel Money Club for next business day despatch to home via fully insured Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm. Unlike the competition, we don’t hide fees and charges in our exchange rates – you just pay a fair and transparent handling fee based on how much you are exchanging. Get an instant quote now at https://yourtmc.link/quote-huf.

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