I heard, long ago, that one of the best things you should do when in a new city is to find the highest vantage point. We very nearly didn't get the chance to go up the St Stephen's Basilica until the very last day in Budapest and only because our bus terminated earlier than we thought. I'm so glad we did because it would have been a shame otherwise - put this one down on the 'must-do' list. And go during sunset golden hour before the 7PM closing time.
Standing on the balcony, you can see the entire city spread out before you. It's a favourite for wedding photographers too, apparently - we saw at least one wedding photoshoot per city during this trip but I think this couple was my favourite.
Andrassy Avenue, stretching out for 2.5km at the huge intersection near the Basilica, is your Hungarian incarnation of the Champs Elysées, and actually modelled after it. Think stately buildings, trees spaced at precise intervals and designer clothes you (probably?) can't afford.
My family bought one of those Hop On, Hop Off tourist bus tickets and there are several stops along Andrassy Avenue so you can always get on the bus when you get tired and get driven straight to Heroes Square at the end of the avenue. I haven't been to the actual Champs Elysées but, on a weekday morning, I daresay you won't have the luxury of an entire footpath to yourself as we did on Andrassy Avenue. Cue the photos. ST STEPHEN'S BASILICA | TripAdvisor 1051 Budapest, Szent István tér
Make sure you bring your student ID in Europe to get discounts on entry fees to the balcony (and to most museums everywhere).