A lot of the times we can only manage to travel to a certain destination for a few days or a weekend. In this case, it’s always good to do some research in advance so that you can get the maximum out of those 48 hours. If you only have two days in Budapest, check out the following tips by Culture Trip.
Budapest offers a wide selection of programs for shorter trips as well. Two days are enough to get a taste of our culture, history, and gastronomy, which will hopefully make you want to return. The best way to plan a short trip to Budapest is probably by combining a touristy day with a bit more relaxing one.
You should definitely start the first day by fuelling up at one of the great breakfast spots of the city. A hearty meal will give you enough energy to take on a small sightseeing tour. One of the current favourites are the free walking tours, which only last for a few hours but touch upon the main sights of Budapest.
The tour usually ends at the Fisherman’s Bastion in the Castle District, which is full of lovely restaurants, where you can refuel. Then, you should head back to the city centre with bus 16, which drops you off at Deák Ferenc Square, from where you can walk to Saint Stephen’s Basilica and to the Parliament.
For a relaxed dinner, you have many restaurant options to choose from, but you can also try out the Hungarian street food scene. End the day at one of the famous ruin pubs of Budapest, which have become a “must” in the past years.
The second day will be centred around relaxation. Start the day at one of the historic or new wave cafés of Budapest, and then head to one of the famous thermal baths. You can’t miss the bath experience in the “city of spas”.
After a few hours of soaking, massaging and relaxing, visit the Great Market Hall or the Downtown Market for traditional Hungarian dishes and souvenirs. If you opt for the first one, you can continue shopping on Váci Street, which leads to Vörösmarty Square and the beautiful Gerbeaud Café.
End the day and your trip with a walk along the Danube or a river cruise. There’s no better way to top off the experience than by admiring the illuminated city.