2 Day Itinerary In Budapest

Last year, I got an opportunity for a short visit to the city of Budapest. Spending two days there, I observed that the unique culture and rich history of this city are evident from every corner of the city.

Budapest attracts visitors with its structural jewels and amazing climate, from the Parliament building to the grand Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

The city is full of museums, galleries, and theatres with captivating displays of art and culture to attract art lovers.

Come with me as we go on an exciting 48-hour tour of Budapest. This itinerary will help you get the most out of this fascinating European metropolis during your two days here. 

Where to Stay in Budapest?

If you want to enjoy Budapest city freely, consider staying in one of Budapest’s lovely hotels or guestrooms in the center of the town. Here are some of my recommendations:

  1. The Royals Downtown 
  2. Central Budapest Vadász Street
  3. Easy Star Hotel
  4. Avenue Hostel
  5. Evergreen Budapest Guest House

Itinerary in Budapest – Day 1

Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere)

I started my day with a traditional breakfast in my Hotel room. The first spot I had in my mind was the famous Heroes Square. 

Heroes’ Square is one of the most recognizable squares in the entire Hungary. I take the metro and travel down the M1 line to the Hősök tere stop. As I go onto the busy streets, I arrive at Heroes’ Square, a grand monument to Hungary’s legendary past. 

At Heroes Square, I first visited the Museum of Fine Arts, which is situated in the center of the square. I’m enthralled with the fantastic collection of artwork; each item offers a glimpse into Budapest’s rich artistic past. 

After leaving the museum, I wander around City Park, where friends and family gather. Once I’ve had a relaxing soak, I take a walk or a quick metro ride to Heroes Square. 

Budapest Parliament

Being ranked as the third largest parliament building in the world, Budapest Parliament is a not-to-be-missed location in the city. This architectural marvel graces the banks of the Danube and demands attention with its neo-Gothic charm. 

I would recommend guided tours as they provide an exclusive window into Hungary’s democratic core, illuminating the Parliament’s rich history and contemporary function in governing. 

I spent about an hour and a half seeing the interior of the Budapest Parliament, which included admiring the Hungarian Holy Crown, watching the Hungarian Crown Jewels, and seeing the grand vaulted hall and elaborate central staircase.

The Parliament, a beacon of beauty and history against the serene Danube backdrop, symbolizes Budapest’s ageless elegance and cultural tradition as you wind through the city’s streets. 

Central Hall Market

After spending plenty of time at the Budapest parliament, I headed towards the Central Hall Market. 

Visiting the Central Market Hall was similar to entering a bustling center of Budapest’s past and present. 

As I made my way around the main floor, I was greeted by rows of stalls overflowing with aromatic spices and fresh fruits. 

A trip to the Central Market Hall wouldn’t be complete without sampling some traditional Hungarian food. 

I was amazed at the assortment of Hungarian paprika available as I looked through the stalls. Each mix, ranging in spiciness from moderate to spicy, promised to liven up our culinary explorations.

St. Stephen’s Basilica 

Located in the center of Budapest, St. Stephen’s Basilica is a remarkable marvel with a fascinating history preserved within its walls. 

The fascinating relic that makes St. Stephen’s Basilica stand out is the mummified right hand of St. Stephen himself, which is kept in a jeweled box. 

Stepping inside, guests are welcomed by a symphony of neoclassical magnificence, with each finely decorated detail a tribute to the artist’s skill and dedication. 

You may enjoy a fantastic view of Budapest’s skyline, where the Danube River meanders between famous buildings like the Parliament Building, by climbing the 364 steps to the Panorama Tower.

I couldn’t help but think of the basilica’s significance as Budapest’s most prominent church while I was in awe of its imposing dome and twin bell towers. 

Additionally, guided tours to St. Stephens’s Basilica give an immersive trip through centuries of faith and tradition for anyone who wants to learn more about its rich past. 

With this, Day 1 of my itinerary comes to an end. I headed towards my Hotel, had a warm bath, and slept well to enjoy my second day in Budapest.

Itinerary in Budapest – Day 2

Fisherman’s Bastion 

I woke up early to watch the beautiful sunrise at Fisherman’s Bastion, a must-see attraction during a two-day visit to Budapest. 

Fisherman’s Bastion, built in the late 19th century to celebrate Hungary’s millennium, is a monument to the country’s rich past and architectural prowess. 

I was enthralled with the expansive vistas that greeted me as I wandered through the maze-like network of turrets and lookout towers that made up the Bastion. 

The Danube River flowed elegantly through the center of Budapest, and the entire cityscape was visible from the viewing terrace of the Bastion. 

Although the Bastion’s design is Victorian in origin, its medieval influences give it an appearance of eternal majesty that transports visitors to a bygone era. 

I couldn’t help but feel in wonder and amazement as I strolled around its battlements—like I had stepped into the pages of a fairy tale. 

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

One of the places I want to visit on my two-day itinerary in Budapest is to cross the Széchenyi Chain Bridge back to the Pest side. Built in the 1840s, this magnificent bridge spans the Danube River. It provides a unique link between the lively cities of Buda and Pest. 

It’s a fantastic experience to stroll along the Széchenyi Chain Bridge’s pedestrian path, especially after dusk when the Danube becomes lit by city lights. 

As I stroll across its historic bridges, I can’t help but be amazed by the ornate lion statues guarding its entrances—the only examples of its original construction left standing. 

Beyond its historical significance, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge leads to Budapest’s Buda side, home to undiscovered treasures like Leo Rooftop Bar. 

After crossing the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, I traveled toward Buda Castle.

Buda Castle

Buda Castle, residing above the Buda hills and overlooking the Danube and Pest, embodies the rich history of Budapest. 

Despite being destroyed by war, it is now home to the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery. Enjoy the vast panorama of Budapest while walking through its hallways to get a look into centuries past.

Getting to the castle is an adventure; take the Buda Hill Funicular for a leisurely trip or climb the steep stairs from the Chain Bridge. 

Once there, tour the well-kept grounds and lavish Royal Palace, both included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Any guided tour to Budapest must include a stop at the famous Buda Castle, an enthralling experience rich in history, art, and breathtaking views.

Afterward, I stopped at the Istanbul Kebab & Grill Török Étterem for a delicious lunch. 

Danube River Cruise

Experiencing a Danube River Cruise is ideal for ending my short but magical trip to Budapest. An evening cruise offers visitors magnificent views of lit sites, including the stately Parliament building. 

An hour-long cruise that departs from the dock next to the Elizabeth Bridge reveals Budapest’s treasures, including Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Buda Castle. 

I was captivated by Budapest’s charm when I decided to take a sunset cruise. The river cruise featured the Parliament building bathed in a golden hour glow and was enhanced with Hungarian cuisine and live music. 

Though my time in Budapest was brief, I still remember the Danube River tour, proof of the city’s enduring allure. 

End of 2-Day Itinerary to Budapest

Two full days in Budapest provided the ideal harmony between exploration and leisure, in my opinion. Attractions like the Parliament building and the castle made my journey deeper. 

When I think back on my visit to Budapest, I can’t help but be amazed by its unique appeal and attraction. This hidden treasure of Europe offers an authentic experience at a fraction of the cost of more populated destinations without the rush and bustle. 

Budapest offers a fantastic experience, whether you’re drawn to its architectural marvels or looking for peaceful moments in its thermal baths. 

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