To have a really great day, you must start with a great breakfast. For the morning of your first day in this beautiful capital city, we recommend the quaint and delightful Café Gerbeaud. Built in 1858, this historic café is a tourist favourite and serves a wonderful variety of Hungarian cakes and desserts and deliciously wholesome breakfast. Enjoy a wonderful konyakmeggy – a brandied chocolate cherry, or a traditional dobos cake – a Hungarian sponge cake layered with chocolate buttercream, while you enjoy the elegant décor of the renaissance revival building.
A short walk from the café is St. Stephen’s Basilica. Located on the Pest side of the city, this awe-inspiring 19th century cathedral boasts a mix of neo-classical and neo-renaissance style architecture, a glorious interior, and splendid stained-glass windows. However, the crowning glory of the basilica is the mummified right hand of patron Saint Stephen I, the first King of Hungary. Preserved in a reliquary and adorned with precious jewels, the hand is a curious and highly venerated attraction.