Weekends are perfect for a getaway from your daily routine, enabling your senses to indulge in the charms of a European capital. To do this, however, if you don’t want to miss out on the essentials, it is best that you carefully plan out your trip beforehand. Budapest is one of the most attractive cities for a two day visit. The easiness with which you can use public transportation and a good preparation of your visit will allow you to enjoy a city that has a lot to offer in just two days.
Check out our proposed itinerary.
The first day, Friday, after checking in at the hotel, the best option is a walk through the city center. You can start out at Váci Utca, the most important shopping street in Budapest, then go on to Andrássy Avenue, a boulevard included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and St. Stephen’s Basilica, the largest religious construction in Hungary, and finally go to the opera area, where many different bars, pubs and restaurants will be delighted to welcome hungry and fun-loving travelers.
On Saturday morning your best choise is to start out at the Buda district, the most stately part of town. You can walk around the Buda Castle, one of the best-known monuments of Budapest and the old royal residence, where you can enjoy some of the best views of the city. Don’t forget to enter the courtyard, where you will find the Budapest History Museum, portraying the city’s history from the Middle Ages to the present. From there, our route takes us to Mathias Church, built between the 12th and 15th centuries, and the Fisherman’s Bastion, a terrace with seven towers commemorating the seven founding tribes of Hungary, from where you can contemplate the full splendor of Pest and the Parliament.
Going down the hill, on number 9 of Úri Utca, one of the best preserved streets from medieval days, is the entrance to the Buda Castle Labyrinth, a must for those who want to have a bit of fun. Next is a walk over the Chain Bridge, the best known bridge over the Danube and one of the symbols of the city, taking you to St. Stephen’s Basilica, something you have to visit.
Going south you arrive at Vörösmarty tér, the square with the best bakeries in the city. From there, going along Váci Utca you will reach the Central Market, an ideal place to eat well at reasonable prices. You can walk down your lunch by visiting the shops on Andrássy Avenue and then go to the Opera House, where guided visits are available for those interested.
The day can end with a boat ride on the Danube, including dinner and a live show. Prices are reasonable and Hungarian folklore is always worth watching and listening to.
The last day takes us first to Heroes’ Square, with statues of the leaders from the seven founding tribes of Hungary. The same square houses the Museum of Fine Arts of Budapest, one of the best museums in the city, with works spanning from Greek and Roman times to paintings by Raphael, Picasso, Cézanne, Tiepolo and El Greco.
Next our stroll takes us to City Park, where many Hungarian families spend their bank holidays. And depending on the timing of your return flight, you should visit the Széchenyl Spa, one of Europe’s largest thermal baths, with 15 swimming pools (3 in the open air and 12 indoor), where you can rest for an hour or two before eating something at the stalls near the zoo or the city center.
Bear in mind: The Parliament is one of the most impressive buildings in the city but it also has many visitors. We have left it out of our route because it takes several hours and you would have to sacrifice other things in the city. But if you want to you can contract a guided tour of Budapest & Parliament, where you would visit this building plus our Saturday morning route.
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