To begin, on your first day, walk across the Chain Bridge to get your bearings of the Buda and Pest sides of the Danube.
You'll see a beautiful view of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed embankments. From the Chain Bridge you can see a great view of Budapest's main bridges, the Hungarian Parliament building, Gellért Hill and the Buda Castle . On the Pest end of the Chain Bridge you'll see the Gresham Palace, but walk to the Buda end and take the Castle Hill Funicular up to the Castle District.
Explore the Buda Palace, the cobblestone streets and the ancient castle walls. Visit the Hungarian National Gallery to see Hungarian artwork or one of its exciting temporary exhibitions or the Budapest History Museum. Alternatively take a tour of the Hospital in the Rock - an underground network of caves that formed an emergency clinic during World War II.
Take a break at the Ruszwurm patisserie and indulge in a delicious cake or two - after all Hungary is famous for its confectionery. This cafe is amazing because it's been operating since 1827! Afterwards, continue on to Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion for one of the best views in Budapest.
After spending the first part of the day walking and exploring, it’s time to unwind. Visit one of Budapest's many thermal baths such as the newly renovated Rudas Bath or the Széchenyi Bath. At night head the Jewish District, you might want to grab a meal at one of the cosmopolitan restaurants in Gozsdu Udvar. Then head to one of Budapest's famous ruin pubs like Szimpla Kert. There are plenty of other great bars to check out along Kazinczy Street also.
On day 2 explore VI district and visit St. Stephen’s Basilica. We recommend heading up to the dome because the view is breathtaking. Then walk down the exclusive World Heritage Listed Andrássy Avenue until you reach Heroes’ Square, here you'll find the Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle modern-art hall. If you didn’t get a chance on day 1 you could walk around City Park and then visit the Széchenyi Baths. Alternatively, during winter there's the City Park Ice Rink, while at any time of year it's worth visiting the Vajdahunyad Castle here too.
In the late afternoon take the M1 yellow metro from City Park to Vörösmarty Square from there walk along Váci Street and indulge in some shopping. Here you could visit the Gerbeaud House, Jégbüfé or the Szamos Gourmet House patisseries. For dinner we recommend heading to Oktober 6th Street to see the St. Stephen's Basilica lit up at night and to try excellent Hungarian food at Kispiac or the Michelin-starred Borkonya. Alternatively you could enjoy a Danube dinner cruise and see the city lit up at night. You'll know what we mean when you see it - when the sun goes down Budapest really brings it!