With so much to see and do, planning for three days in Budapest is essential when visiting this stunning city. At the Eminence Certified Organic Farm, we are proud of our heritage and adore our home base of Hungary. To help you plan your travels, we have narrowed down our top recommendations for the perfect three day holiday, including a trip to the farm. Read on for our guide to three days in Budapest, and let us know if you have – or will – be visiting!
Eminence Organics has had the pleasure of sending some of our fans and amazing partners to Budapest for the trip of a lifetime. Based on an itinerary of personal recommendations given by Eminence Organics President and General Manager, Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay, we have put together the perfect three day trip to Budapest. This 72 hour sojourn focuses on the city itself on day one, Hungarian spa culture during day two and traditional Hungarian organic farming on day three. Not only will this provide you with an overview of everything you need to know about Budapest, but will leave you feeling deeply inspired and rejuvenated.
Where Should I Stay?
While there are many options for beautiful accommodation, our top recommendation is hands down the Aria Hotel Budapest. Located in the heart of the city, “the Aria offers the ideal location to explore Budapest on foot, by tram or by bus. The area around the hotel offers pedestrian streets with numerous cafes, restaurants and terraces.” Aria is in the top 1% of hotels in Budapest based on reviews from TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Hotels.com and Expedia and took home the title of “#1 Hotel in World” from TripAdvisor in 2017.
What Should I Do?
Did you know that Budapest is actually two cities – Buda and Pest? Or, that settlements date back as far as the stone age? Rich in history with so many things to see, deciding what to do can be overwhelming. As noted in our itinerary above, we’ve recommended the following sightseeing activities to give you a taste of everything Budapest has to offer.
Budapest City Tour: Pest & Buda Highlights
A tour of Budapest is a must, and the perfect activity for day one of your trip. Not only will a city tour ensure you see crucial Budapest landmarks such as St. Stephen’s Basilica, City Park (and Vajdahunyad Castle), the Castle District and Várkert Bazár, but it will help you get your bearings in this beautiful city. With many options to choose from, we recommend selecting a tour that offers highlights from both Pest and Buda and provides a combination of walking and driving so you can see as much as possible.
Upon completing your guided tour, we recommend stopping by Vaci Utca (or Vaci Street) for lunch and leisure time. Vaci Utca is the most renowned pedestrian shopping street of Budapest and is full of activity, architecture and local cafes and restaurants. Vaci Utca is also within walking distance to the Aria allowing you to easily head back to the hotel with your haul of souvenirs.
A visit to Budapest would not be complete without visiting the world famous spas in the city. After a busy day on your feet, day two is all about relaxing and soothing your tired muscles. To start, we recommend visiting the historic Gellért Baths. Considered the most famous Art Nouveau themed bath in Europe, Gellért Baths features 10 pools, massage and saunas. The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is another must-see. Built in a Neo-Baroque style at the start of the 20th century, Széchenyi Thermal Baths is one of the largest bath complexes in Europe, with 21 pools, saunas and aqua fitness available. If you’re up to it, feel free to visit any of the other amazing spas in Budapest, but don’t miss out on the incredible Gellért and Széchenyi baths.
The Eminence Certified Organic Farm
Last but not least, on your third day in Budapest we invite you to tour the Eminence Certified Organic Farm and learn more about organic farming. At our certified organic farm, our mission is to enhance your well-being naturally by growing certified organic ingredients while providing education, healing the earth and honoring our Hungarian roots. During your tour, in addition to seeing our naturally grown crops, you will also see traditional Hungarian architectural elements including our wood-burning lángos oven, thatch-roof chicken coop and stunning, hand-carved wooden gates. Located three hours outside of Budapest, plan a full day at the farm to ensure you have ample time to explore and connect with nature.
Where Should I Eat?
Budapest boasts an incredible assortment of fine dining and casual fare drawing from multicultural influences and traditional Hungarian dishes. To help you decide, we have narrowed down your lunch and dinner options to our favorite restaurants in Budapest.
The Pannonia Gastroboat is the perfect way to round out your city sightseeing on day one. A unique, vintage restaurant ship, the Pannonia cruises through the heart of Budapest while serving a slow-food menu. Not only is the Gastroboat a beautiful example of early 20th century ships, but the menu features local, seasonal Hungarian delicacies.
To nourish your body as you nourish your soul on day two, we recommend a visit to Pest-Buda Bistro for a delicious lunch between visits to the baths. Pest-Buda Bistro is one of the oldest restaurants in Budapest, offering a warm cozy environment serving “Grandma’s home-style Hungarian cooking.” Whether you’re after something rich and comforting or light and fresh, Pest-Buda Bistro has something for everyone.
After settling back at the hotel after a day of restoration at some of Hungary’s most famous spas, prepare for an evening of fine dining at Onyx – one of Budapest’s most renowned restaurants. This Michelin star restaurant offers modern takes on Hungarian cuisine with a trendy Neo-Baroque interior. With a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor, the over 1,700 positive reviews of Onyx confirm it’s strong reputation as a must-eat location in Budapest.
On day three as you venture back to the city from the Eminence Certified Organic Farm, enjoy a rustic Hungarian meal at Tanyacsarda Restaurant. With a traditional thatched structure and decorated with customary tools and objects, enjoy delicious slowly simmered goulash at Tanyacsarda in the Hungarian countryside.
Barack & Szilva
After three days packed full of the sights, sounds and tastes of Budapest, finish your trip with a relaxed dinner in Budapest’s famed Jewish Quarter. Barack & Szilva offers Hungarian provincial food in a bistro setting. With a cozy interior and beautiful patio when the weather is warm, relax and reflect on your trip in one of the best casual restaurants in Budapest.
Our itinerary is a dream three day guide for what to do in Budapest. Looking to book your trip ASAP? Don’t forget to schedule your tour on the Eminence Certified Organic Farm! Are there any other landmarks or activities you would add for three days in Budapest? Tell us in the comments below and join the conversation on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | G+.