Discover Budapest in 48 hours with this city guide that will let you enjoy all of the amazing tourist spots and still have fun!
Sounds nice, right? It’s amazing what you can see and do in a short amount of time.
If you want to enjoy this beautiful city in a relaxed and fun way,
here are some suggestions of what to SEE & DO in 48 hours!
If you are also looking for restaurant recommendations, I invite you to read my previous post – Food Guide: 48 hours in Budapest!
Without a further ado, here are my top things to do in Budapest in 48hours:
TANDEM BICYCLE RIDE
Why not hop on a bike and see the city from a different perspective? The city offers multiple bicycle path for an incredible experience. I would suggest you start your day with a nice breakfast (Click HERE for suggestions) and then proceed with a nice relaxing ride along the Danube river where you can stop and enjoy all of the main monuments: the Parliament house, Bronze shoes, the Chain Bridge and Margaret Island. After that, I’d suggest a nice ride through the streets of Budapest, where you can stop for coffee breaks.
HINT: Stop by Best Bike Tours Budapest, where they are super nice and easy-going. The guy even gave us half an hour for free!
In the middle of the majestic Danube river, you will find a little island. Every city has its own green space and Budapest has Margaret Island. Once a royal hunting reserve, Margaret Island today represents the much needed green area where residents escape during the summer heat or just in the afternoons when they fancy some relaxation and/or sports activities such as jogging.
Today the island represents a public space, popular with locals and a tourist site attracting more and more curious foreigners. The island is connected to the mainland with a bridge, so it’s very accessible, even on foot. Once there, you can enjoy simply walking around or rent a funky cart and drive around the island, which is fairly small (only 2.3km long and 500m wide). Depending on the amount of time on your hands, you can also opt to visit the Japanese gardens or spend a few hours in the Palatinus Baths.
Discover Budapest: If you visit the Margaret island, you HAVE to take a photo with this sign as your background! 😉
Discover Budapest through food – Szimpla is definitely one of the most famous ruin bars in Budapest. It is the reason Budapest became famous as a bohemian destination with a lively nightlife. But every Sunday morning, the courtyard transforms into a lovely farmer’s market. If you want to taste locally produced organic products, Szimpla is the place to be on Sundays from 9 am on, all year round. This is the place where we bought delicious goat cheese and some very interesting bread. They sell various products that you can also try on the spot, which is amazing. Nothing like a homemade jam to bring with you as a souvenir.
What’s great about this city is that is actually very easy to get around. The main tourist attractions are not too far apart so it’s very pedestrian friendly. If you decide to rent a bike you will be able to see many stunning buildings, such as the Hungarian Parliament from the comfort of your bike. For a short vacation, I would suggest to take it easy and don’t try to see Buda and Pest in two days time. It’s best to enjoy your time and be present than to hurry around like crazy. Even though Buda is stunning and very charming, this time around I opted to stay in Pest and enjoy the whole culinary experience more than anything. But if you’re interested in learning more about Buda, click HERE!
7th DISTRICT (part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
As I’ve mentioned before, for this city guide I’m focusing more on what to do in Pest. And for sure, one of the must-dos is the visit of the famous 7th district. This is where Budapest comes alive – a mix of pubs and bars and old building, offer a mixture of hipster and bohemian that give this city a special flare. Known as the party zone of Budapest, this is where you will find amazing restaurants offering all the latest culinary trends and ruin pubs – special pubs that were created in the old buildings. In the evening you can enjoy various concerts and performances but in the daytime, you get to enjoy browsing through local design stores and art galleries.
Take time to discover less obvious parts of the city. In Budapest, you can find hidden community gardens that today represent a nice meeting point for locals.
Read more on what to see and do in Budapest in my previous travel guide by clicking HERE!
WHERE TO SHOP:
In 48 hours you will have just enough time to do some window shopping, which is always great because it won’t damage your finances. But if you’re looking for some interesting clothing stores that you won’t find on every other high street, pop into NUBU where you can enjoy looking through racks of this amazing Hungarian brand. I highly recommend!
You can find them in these locations:
NUBU FLAGSHIP STORE
13. Andrassy Avenue
1062 Budapest, Hungary
31. Andrassy Avenue
1062 Budapest, Hungary
NUBU & NUDE BY NUBU
53. alkotás street
1123 Budapest, Hungary
I hope you enjoyed this city guide that showed what I did in 48 hours in Budapest!
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