Begin your first day in Budapest by exploring the historic Buda Castle District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a glimpse into the city's rich past. Start your morning at Fisherman's Bastion, a stunning terrace with panoramic views of the Danube River and the Pest side of the city. Take in the fairytale-like architecture and explore the seven towers, each representing one of the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin. Visit Matthias Church, a Gothic masterpiece with a colorful interior adorned with frescoes and stained glass windows. Wander through the narrow cobblestone streets of the Castle District, where you'll find charming cafes and boutiques. Don't forget to cross the iconic Chain Bridge to Pest for a picturesque view of Buda Castle.
For the afternoon, head to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, one of the largest and most famous thermal baths in Europe. Relax in the healing waters of the outdoor and indoor pools, surrounded by Neo-Baroque architecture. The thermal baths are not only a rejuvenating experience but also an essential part of Budapest's cultural heritage. After a leisurely soak, take a stroll through City Park (Városliget), where you'll find the Vajdahunyad Castle and the iconic Heroes' Square. Grab a late lunch at one of the nearby restaurants offering Hungarian specialties, such as goulash or chimney cake.
Conclude your first day in Budapest with a cruise along the Danube River. Opt for an evening cruise to witness the city illuminated at night, with landmarks like Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building, and the Chain Bridge casting reflections on the water. Many boat tours also include dinner, providing a unique dining experience with a backdrop of the city lights. After the cruise, take a leisurely stroll along the Danube promenade to soak in the atmosphere and perhaps enjoy a nightcap at one of the riverside cafes. If you're in the mood for entertainment, consider attending a traditional Hungarian folk dance or music performance to round off your enchanting first day in Budapest.
The Hilton Budapest can be found in the impressive Castle district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, next to the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. Explore the romance of old Buda while being only 15 minutes from the city center of Pest. Enjoy the great Danube and city views from your luxuriously furnished 102 ft² rooms, work in comfort at the desk or put your feet up in the large armchair in a fluffy bathrobe. All rooms are bright and airy, with large windows. Marvel at ancient relics, located in the hotel’s restored Dominican cloister. Lounge in the Lobby Café & Bar and admire breathtaking views, or try authentic Hungarian and international flavors at the LÁNG Bistro & Grill. Work out in the fitness center featuring LifeFitness® equipments and open 24 hours a day, or relax in the sauna or enjoy a massage. Indoor and outdoor parking facilities, car wash and valet parking are available.
Offering a fitness center and a spa and wellness area, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest offers accommodations in the heart of the city center, just a few minutes walking distance from St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Danube. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant or a drink at the bar. Combining elegance, comfort and amenities such as wired and wireless internet connection, LCD satellite TV, air-conditioning and a mini-bar, the spacious rooms and suites overlook the pedestrian Fashion Street or the beautiful Elizabeth Park. Some of the rooms also feature a step-out balcony with panoramic views. The luxury marble bathrooms have separate bathtub and rain-shower. Free toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer are provided in all rooms. The Kupola Lounge is located beneath the iconic stained glass cupola which is the ideal place for a rich breakfast, a light lunch or an afternoon tea. IPANEMA Brazilian Grill and churrascaria features original yet modern cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and a South American atmosphere. Kaffee Wien focuses on serving home-made cakes and pastries. The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a stunning array of treatments, spa rituals, a hot tub, steam room and a swimming pool flooded with natural daylight. The Fitness Center is open 24 hours per day and features state-of-the-art equipment. Private parking is possible at a location nearby for an additional fee. The hotel is just minutes' walk away from the city’s exquisite shopping and lively business district, the Castle district, Opera House and the Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue of Europe.
Built in 1906 and entirely renovated in 2004, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest enjoys an incomparable location in front of the Chain Bridge, offering luxury units, an infinity-edge pool, a fitness room and a restaurant and bar. All rooms and spacious suites offer iPod Docking Station, satellite TV, wired and wireless internet connection and marble-covered bathrooms with a spacious bath or a shower cabin. Most of the suites are provided with a further guest bathroom and some of the rooms also feature a step-out balcony with panoramic views of the Danube River and the Castle Hill. Guests can enjoy dinner or have a drink at the Kollázs Brasserie & Bar, a contemporary European brasserie overlooking the Chain Bridge and the Danube River, which offers creative combinations of the dining experience. Breakfast can be enjoyed every morning on continental basis. Additionally, American breakfast can be requested at an extra cost. The business center and concierge desk are at your disposal with working stations, a boardroom and scanning and printing facilities. Translating and secretarial services are on request. The Buda Castle and the Matthias Church can be reached within a 15-minute walk, while the St. Stephen's Basilica is just 1,300 feet from the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace. Private parking is possible on site and airport shuttle service can be arranged as well.
Standing proudly at the heart of grand Budapest, Corinthia occupies a legendary space in Budapest hospitality. Inside walls which have been standing since the late 1800s lies an elegant homage to modern luxury, with a respectful nod to the past round every corner. It is your ideal base from which to explore, with landmarks like Heroes’ Square, Buda Castle and the thermal waters of Széchenyi Baths within easy reach. A warm Corinthia welcome awaits after a day of exploring; sink into the Royal Spa, an art deco masterpiece where modern comforts sit alongside original features, before discovering an unrivaled collection of restaurants and bars including Caviar & Bull, Uncensored and Rickshaw. That’s if you can bear to leave your room of course… each of our accommodations is equipped with every luxury for an unforgettable stay. From the nearby underground and tram stops, guests can easily access all attractions. The Hungexpo Exhibition Center is a 15-minute drive away.
Located 2,300 feet from the Chain Bridge and Saint Stephen's Basilica, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest offers several restaurants, luxurious air-conditioned rooms, and an indoor pool. Its architecture is a symbol of modern Budapest. Altogether the hotel features 314 rooms and 37 suites. The hotel finished the renovation of rooms and suites to reflect a unique contemporary style, and to provide all the must-have features and conveniences of travel today. The grand deluxe rooms and suites are designed by British designer Alex Kravetz. The superior rooms size is above average, while the suites feature some of the original artwork from the Corvinus Collection of Hungarian contemporary art. The Nobu Restaurant serves delicious sushi and innovative Japanese dishes, while the ÉS Bisztró-Brasserie features a summer terrace and serves Hungarian and Viennese specialties. The Living Room is a classic coffeeshop with a modern twist. Drinks can be enjoyed at Blue Fox The Bar. Á la carte breakfast is offered. Kempinski The Spa, on second floor provides unique massages and body treatments with natural products. At no surcharge, guests can enjoy the sauna and the fitness center. From the nearby underground and bus stops, guests can easily access all attractions. The Hungexpo Exhibition Center is a 20-minute drive away.
St. George Residence All Suite Hotel Deluxe is located in Budapest City Centre, a neighborhood in Budapest, and is near a metro station. Budapest History Museum and Museum of Ethnography are cultural highlights, and some of the area's attractions include Budapest Castle Hill Funicular and Mystique Room. Palatinus Bath and Underground Railway Museum are also worth visiting.