If you only have 48 hours and want to know what to see in Budapest in two days, you have come to the right place. Budapest is a city that has a lot to enjoy and two days may not be enough, but with good organization and following our advice it is possible to visit Budapest in 2 days.
This route that we are going to show you is perfect to visit Budapest on a weekend arriving on Friday night or on one of the routes that are usually done through Central Europe. You can also get ideas in our travel diary of Budapest and other Central European cities.
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What to see in Budapest in 2 days
If you want to visit Budapest in the most complete way possible and knowing the most important places, we recommend that you do some of the following activities and excursions:
- Boat ride at dusk
- Guided tour of Budapest
- Illuminated Budapest Tour
- Budapest Mysteries and Legends Tour
First day in Budapest
Our two-day tour of Budapest can start at the Parliament, but this will always depend on what time you can take the guided tour that takes you inside the most famous building in Budapest. There are guided tours in Spanish in which you will get to know one of the chambers or its main staircase.
After visiting the Parliament, you can walk to the nearby St. Stephen’s Basilica, the largest religious temple in Hungary. Having only 2 days, we do not recommend visiting it in depth, but you can go in and get a general idea. Or climb their towers.
Nearby is Vorosmarty Ter, Budapest’s main square where you can unwind with a delicious ice cream at Gerbeaud, the city’s most famous patisserie. Vaci Utca starts from there, a shopping street that leads to the Central Market of Budapest, where you can take the opportunity to eat and then go to the Danube River and have great views of the Buda District, which we will visit the next day.
Overcoming the temptation to cross one of its bridges, you can go to Andrassy Avenue, where you will enjoy spectacular buildings and mansions, such as the Dechsler Palace or the Opera House. You can also visit this building but we do not recommend it in such a short visit of two days due to lack of time.
What we do recommend is to walk this avenue, a World Heritage Site, in its first section to Plaza Oktogon, and there take the Metro to Plaza de los Héroes. This Metro line is also a World Heritage Site and deserves a visit.
In Heroes’ Square is the Millennium Monument and two neoclassical buildings that house interesting museums, which we can leave for another occasion, since we still have to visit the City Park and especially the Szechenyi Spa, where you can relax giving end to the first day of our two-day tour of Budapest.
Second day in Budapest
If the previous day was dedicated to visiting Pest, the second of our two days in Budapest should be dedicated to Buddha. We can start the walk in the highest part of the city, the Matthias Church, which we can reach by tram, another great experience in this city.
The Matthias Church was the coronation place of the Kings of Hungary and is an essential visit together with the annexed Fisherman’s Bastion, a beautiful terrace crowned by 7 towers from which you have the best views of the Danube and the Parliament. Without a doubt, spectacular. And you won’t be able to stop taking photos.
From there you can stroll through this area of the neighborhood until you reach one of the most picturesque places in the city, the Labyrinth of the Buda Castle, which you must visit if you want to have a unique experience.
Not far away is the Buda Castle, where you could visit the Budapest History Museum or the Hungarian National Gallery. Whether you visit these two excellent museums will depend on your tastes and the time you have.
From the Buda Castle you have great views of the Chain Bridge, the most famous in the city and that you will not get tired of admiring. You will also see St. Stephen’s Basilica and the entire Pest Quarter. Now all that remains is to cross it and enjoy.
To get to the bridge you have two options, go down the stairs or go down in the funicular. The second is obviously faster. If you want to enjoy another spa, we recommend you walk to the Gellert Spa, which is a few meters walk along the river, or stay at the Rudas Spa, located right next to the Chain Bridge, under the Buda Castle.
With this you will have known the best things to see in Budapest in two days. But if you have more days, you still have many other places that you should not miss.
You can find more information about what to see in Budapest on the Hungary tourism page.