Join the Herd. Inspired by Australian coffeehouses, Goat Herder Espresso Bar serves locally roasted coffee in an atmosphere that’s both casual and chic. Plus, croissants, muesli, banana bread and freshly squeezed seasonal juices are available all day. Undoubtedly, you’ll want to return to this charming, sunny spot.
National Treasures. Since 1802, the Hungarian National Museum has documented the history, art and archaeology of the country, as well as regions — like Transylvania — beyond Hungary’s modern borders. The beautiful neoclassical building is accented with statues by Milanese sculptor Raffaele Monti. Its entry steps were featured in the film “Evita,” starring Madonna.
River Walk. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge spans the Danube River between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest. Cast from wrought iron and stone, the bridge opened Nov. 20, 1849, after the Hungarian Revolution and was designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark. During World War II, retreating Germans blew up the bridge in 1945, but it was rebuilt four years later. Today, visitors can walk the bridge and marvel in its beauty and broad views of the Danube.
Local Lunch. Experience authentic Hungarian cuisine at Mandragóra. This charming bistro is in a residential neighborhood and favored among locals and tourists alike. From goulash to wild boar and chicken paprikash, Mandragóra’s menu provides a wonderful entrée into the world of Hungarian cuisine.
God and Country. St. Stephan’s Basilica, or Szent István Bazilika, pays homage to Hungary’s first king, St. Stephan, and is the largest church in the country. It’s so large, in fact, that 8,500 people can fit inside the stunning neo-classical building at once. From the cupola, you’re treated to sweeping city views, and inside you’ll find Hungary’s most sacred treasure — the mummified right hand of St. Stephan, also known as the Szent Jobb, or Holy Right Hand.
One More Tour. Dohány Street Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest synagogue in the world. Built between 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish revival style, the impressive building holds 3,000 people. Inside, the frescoes are made from golden geometric shapes — the work of famous Hungarian romantic architect Frigyes Feszl. Interestingly, both Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saëns both played the synagogue’s pipe organ, a rarity among synagogues.
Comfort Food. Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest’s Deák St. Kitchen means you’ll be able to unwind after a long day and enjoy lovingly curated Hungarian cuisine, as well as a few standbys. The restaurant focuses on fresh, local ingredients, and the dishes highlight the best of what’s in season. What’s more, this beloved grill also has an award-winning wine list and a resident mixologist who’d be happy to craft your favorite cocktail before or after dinner.