My visit to Budapest earlier this year was everything I imagined it would be and so much more! Although I technically was there for three days, I personally think that this city can be seen in 48 hours if you really want too, especially if you're a non stop walker like me during city breaks! To make your trip a little easier I've put together a quick guide on how to spend two days in this beautiful city and see all it has to offer.
Things To Know
- It's Boo-da-pesht, not Boo-da-pest
- Budapest is split into two sides, the Buda side and the Pest side - a long time ago they were separate cities cut down the middle by the river Danube which were eventually joined to create Budapest (read on to my guide on where to stay to learn more)
- Make sure to pack a swimsuit!
- Their national currency is Forints, not Euros!
Where To Stay
Remember how I was saying that Budapest used to basically be split into two cities? Keep this in mind when choosing your hotel - the Buda side is more pretty and is surrounded by historical sites whereas the Pest side is a commercial hub where the majority of the shops, bars and restaurants are. So it really just depends on what kind of vibe you're going for (although I have to admit, I stayed on the Buda side and regretted it every night when we had to travel across the bridge to get back)
Maverick Hostel - £ - Hostels are on a whole other level in Budapest since the nightlife is unreal! Check out hostel world to compare prices and read reviews.
Art'otel - ££ - I stayed on a hotel by the river on the Buda side which was lovely and in all honesty just your standard hotel with the basics. It did have an awesome view of the Fisherman's Bastion which was stunning though!
Hilton (Buda Side) - £££ - A gorgeous hotel perched on top of the hill looking down at the Pest side, I dreamed of this hotel while I was there!
Day One in Buda
- Grab your bearings! A free walking tour is great to learn about Budapest's fascinating and a bit confusing history and its many previous conquerors - just google 'free walking tour Budapest' and see which one takes your fancy, most will have starting times of 10am/11am
- Buda Castle Walk across Liberty bridge and find the stairs (or funicular) that takes you up to Buda Castle and explore the beautiful grounds
- Fishermans Bastion Close by is the gorgeous Fishermans Bastion that has an epic view of Budapest
- Even more epic is the view from Gellert mountain. Aim for sunset time to catch the sun slowly setting over Budapest, shedding the prettiest golden glow over the city
- See Budapest Illuminated at Night Budapest is pretty during the day but absolutely beautiful at night. Along the river bank, the building's are lit up and twinkle in the night. Fully embrace it by walking across the chain bridge or take a river cruise at night.
Day Two in Pest
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath Start the day by relaxing in one of the most famous thermal baths in Budapest, an activity I missed out on and have regretted so much!
- The Jewish Quarter Wander through the small winding streets in the Jewish Quarter which is filled with cool shops and eats' I'd really recommend taking a Jewish focused walking tour as well to learn about the history!
- Szimpla Kert is a renowned ruin bar in Budapest which is a must do even if you're not the biggest partier. Budapest is famous for their ruin bars which are basically old abandoned buildings that have been converted into cool bars
- The Parliament Building which is the third biggest in all of Europe. It's definitely more impressive up close! Wander down to the river side and look out for the shoes by the river bank that symbolise the Jews who lost their lives during the war - It has to be one of the most moving landmark I've seen.
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