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If you have just one day to take in Budapest, we suggest you begin your day at the Central Market Hall, one of five surviving 19th century market halls in Budapest. Take a stroll on the ground floor packed with merchants offering a myriad of local produce, fruits and vegetables. Then walk along Váci utca, a pedestrian precinct lined with beautiful 19th century buildings housing boutiques, souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes. Walk to Vörösmarty Square and visit the famous Gerbeaud Café for some coffee and pastries.
From there, head toward the river for a walk along the Danube Promenade to Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Cross the bridge and take the Castle Hill Funicular to the top of Castle Hill. There’ s a lot to see here, so allow for at least a couple of hours to take in all the sights. Take a stroll along the cobblestone streets and visit the National Gallery in the former Royal Palace, Matthias Church — the scene of several coronations — and Fishermen's Bastion for some of the best views of Budapest. Take a coffee break at Ruszwurm, one of the city’s historic coffee houses and pastry shops. Recommended lunch spots in Castle Hill are Vár: A Speiz, Café Miro and Café Pierrot. If you’re a wine lover, be sure to visit the House of Hungarian Wines to sample wine from Hungary’s 22 wine regions.
Finish your day at St. Stephen's Basilica. If you’re a music fan, you’ll appreciate an organ concert. The area around the basilica is also home to many great restaurants and hip wine bars like Borkonyha, Café Kör, and DiVino.