Bitten (hard) by the travel bug, we went to Budapest to celebrate Tanusree’s birthday in September last year. Those of you have been following us for long, know well that we believe in gifting experiences rather materialistic things. Exploring, discovering, tasting, seeing, learning inspire us THE MOST. Even just breathing the air of a new place fills us with joy. Every place has its own scent, its own charm and its own completely unique vibes. Keeping up with our tradition of exploring it ”all”, on our day 2 in Budapest, we had a packed plan to make the most of the occasion of Tanusree’s birthday. If you missed our Day 1 itinerary, we recommend you take a look at it before you scroll down.
Day 2 Itinerary list:
Szechenyi Bath–>Lunch at Titiz Turkish Restaurant (It’s not a recommendation though, eat where you fancy)–>St. Stephen Basilica–>Heroes Square–>Sunset view of Parliament building from Batthyány tér–>Dinner at Restaurant Aszu (Only if you are looking for fine-dining experience)
- Spent 3-4 hours at Szechenyi Baths, best to get this experience done early in the day to avoid the rush hour. Less crowded, better photo opportunity.
- The location in front of St. Stephen Basilica is ideal for people watching or simply to catch a breathe resting with a drink of your choice.
- Arrive at Batthyány tér in good time before sunset to get an extraordinary view of the Parliament building during the golden hours
- We recommend restaurant Aszu for a great dining experience
We woke up early as usual and made our way to the bus stop which was just a 4 minute walk from our nest in Budapest and we walked through the quiet neighbourhood to get the bus to the Szechenyi Thermal Bath. The morning calm in the neighbourhood, with cars lined up neatly and the blocks of building with their grandeur oozed character at every corner.
Our eventful itinerary on Day 2 in Budapest started off with a visit to this largest medicinal thermal bath in Budapest. Make sure you read our experience of Soaking in the Széchenyi Thermal Bath to prepare well for your visit.
Hunger follows being in water for a while and naturally we were rather starving when we were done with visiting the Szechenyi Bath. We returned to our wonderfully located apartment to drop our swim wears and went for lunch at the Titiz Turkish Restaurant in the neighbourhood. Some authentic Turkish food was all that we needed to reenergise ourselves for the rest of the day.
Next in our itinerary was the magnificent St. Stephen’s Basilica. Named in honour of the 1st Hungarian King – Stephen, this Roman Catholic basilica is the 3rd largest church in Hungary. Supposedly the right hand of King Stephen is also preserved in the church which makes a visit here all the more intriguing.
The plaza in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica is a perfect location for people watching. Tourists and locals alike all were busy getting along with their usual activities. We came across another wedding ceremony that just took place and the bride and the groom were surrounded by friends and families posing for that All-in-one photo of the wedding album. Another déjà vu for us because we have come across similar scenes of merry-making marital ceremonies in so many of our travels especially to iconic churches. Witnessing real people experiencing real emotions in real life in a country local to them but foreign to us, has always been a key ingredient of rich voyage experiences for ourselves. This was no exception at the St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest.
After St. Stephen’s Basilica, we headed towards the Bajcsy-Zsilinszky metro station to take the underground train M1 which was the oldest line of the Budapest metro. Our next destination was Heroes Square which turned out to be only a few stops away. One of the most prominent public squares of Budapest, Heroes Square is famous for its statues featuring the seven chieftains of the Magyars, important Hungarian national figures and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.
Along with being amused at the Hungarian history and its turning points, the Heroes Square was found to be the location to be equally amused by unusual sights of people doing various things. Starting with a fencer doing his fencing moves in full gear to seeing hen and stag parties in beer-bus with loud music and frequently parking their vehicles nearby – the square surely offered more vibe than the Heroes of Hungary might have wished for.
We were keeping an eye on the sunlight because our next destination was time sensitive. We took the subway again from Heroes Square and reached the Batthyány tér station which was actually on the Buda side. Our aim that evening was to enjoy watching the Parliament building during sunset over the river Danube. Our research confirmed that Batthyány tér was the best location from where to enjoy this exceptional full frontal view of this architectural and historic icon of Hungary.
For Tanusree’s birthday dinner, we went back to the St. Stephen Basilica and it was Aszu which was our chosen restaurant to end the 2nd day in Budapest with some fine dining. Subscribe to our newsletter to know first about our recommended itinerary for Day 3 in Budapest, straight in your email. Thank you for reading!