Day 2: Alternative-Chic-Authentic
The classical National Museum, palaces from the turn of the century, university buildings and Budapest's ‘antique book row' are all on the little ring road, the Múzeum körút. The Ervin Szabó Library and student pubs are located in this area as well, but if you venture down Baross Street you'll notice how the character of the city changes completely. You'll stumble upon plenty of craft shops: hat makers, upholsterers, watchmakers - which sadly don't exist in many European cities anymore.
If you feel like you could use a break, we recommend having lunch at a truly authentic Hungarian ‘étkezde' - an eatery with fixed-price menus, such as Káder étkezde on Klauzál tér. Explore the Jewish Quarter and the Great Synagogue in the afternoon. You'll discover hidden courtyards, charming squares and narrow streets.
Alternatively, take a public boat or tram line 2 and head south to the Palace of Arts where you can visit the Ludwig Museum and the National Theatre. You'll see the silhouette of the upper façade of the original National Theatre in a ship-shaped pond, the statue park with more than 20 sculptures, a mini hedge maze and the Zikkurat, which is the gallery of the National Theatre (feel free to climb up, too!).
Hop back on the tram or walk along the Danube to the "Whale", a brand-new event and exhibition center. After such a long day, unwind at the historical Veli Bej Bath. Grab dinner at a bar on Broadway or in Gozsdu court, then have a drink at one of the eccentrically styled ‘ruin pubs': Szimpla, Instant, Lokál or Fogasház. Dance the night away at the hottest clubs in town: HelloBaby, Ötkert or Trafiq.