Discover Budapest in 48 hours

Discover Budapest in 48 hours

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:


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!

So much fun! Plus I was able to take photos and film while we were driving because I didn’t have to worry about manoeuvring through crowded streets 🙂


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.

Green Area means relax – locals come here to do sports and stay active or to enjoy some quality time with their loved one…

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.

Sunday market is a great place to get the feeling of how the locals live

CITY CENTRE – architecture, architecture, architecture!

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!

Parliament House

Probably one of the most impressive parliament houses in the world.

Beautiful Chain Bridge

Who knew tandem bikes were that much fun!

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.

Community Garden in 7th district

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.


Budapest is also known for its art scene and bohemian street life.


Read more on what to see and do in Budapest in my previous travel guide by clicking HERE!



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:
13. Andrassy Avenue
1062 Budapest, Hungary

31. Andrassy Avenue
1062 Budapest, Hungary

mom park
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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  1. 26/09/2017 / 19:39

    beautiful photography. thanks for such an informative post

    • 27/09/2017 / 11:04

      Thanks! Have a lovely day! 🙂

  2. 26/09/2017 / 20:07

    I want to plan a weekend trip to Budabest so this post is really great to plan a nice weekend break.

    • 27/09/2017 / 11:03

      Thank you! I hope it comes in handy and don’t forget to check out my Food guide where you can find some amazing restaurant recommendations for an even more awesome Budapest experience.

  3. 26/09/2017 / 21:32

    Budapest is my favorite European city (and yes, I’ve been to Paris, Prague, and London) 🙂 Lovely shots!

    • 27/09/2017 / 11:02

      Thank you!
      I agree with you! Even after having been to various European cities, Budapest holds a special place in my heart.

  4. 27/09/2017 / 00:22

    Thanks for the inspiring tips. Love the photos! Saving it for my next trip to Budapest 🙂

    • 27/09/2017 / 11:01

      Thank you! I thought it might be useful to see an easy going travel guide.

  5. 27/09/2017 / 10:22

    I loooove Budapest. Been there on 3 days vacay, but it was so little time to see all of the beauty of Budapest. I will definitely go back soon.

    Beautiful photos, xx

    • 27/09/2017 / 11:01

      Thank you! I visited Budapest last November for the first time and fell in love with this beautiful city, so I just had to return this year.

  6. Jasmin N
    27/09/2017 / 18:41

    Budapest looks and sounds absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never been, but I’d really love to. Sounds like there’s a plenty to do in 48 hours.

  7. 27/09/2017 / 20:16

    You packed so much great stuff into 48 hours. Now I want to go!!!

  8. 28/09/2017 / 13:13

    This is a great guide! I visited lots of these places last year but didn’t know Szimpla turned into a market! I loved Budapest, really want to go back soon.

  9. 28/09/2017 / 13:31

    Oh, I love your photos! We did a roadtrip around Europe last summer but we didn’t have time to visit Hungary which is a shame. I would have loved to see Budapest. Probably I’ll go there some other time. Thanks for the tips. This post is sure useful for people planning to travel there. 🙂

  10. 28/09/2017 / 17:00

    My friend was just telling me about Budapest and how we should definitely take a mini-trip there. This post has finally convinced me 🙂
    Katja xxx

  11. 28/09/2017 / 17:06

    Wow! I have never been to Budapest and it sounds wonderful. Thanks for all these great photos too!

  12. 28/09/2017 / 20:17

    Looks like it was an amazing trip around the city. Just looked like a whole lot of fun to be had. I would love seeing all the amazing buildings that they have and strolling through the farmer’s market.

    • 03/10/2017 / 08:55

      It’s a very special city – there’s such a contrast between the old, stunning architecture and the bohemian quarters on the other side but everything works wonderfully together.

  13. 02/10/2017 / 22:07

    Budapest is right up there on my travel bucket list! I can’t wait to visit – will definitely be using this guide for some inspiration! x

  14. Zana Djakovic
    02/10/2017 / 22:08

    This post is awesome and I love Budapest. Been there a long time ago and I fell in love with that city. Every corner is enchanting. 🙂 Your photos are so beautiful dear!

    • 03/10/2017 / 08:50

      Thanks Zana! I guess I really haven’t heard anyone say anything negative about Budapest yet.

  15. 03/10/2017 / 15:43

    It is Very nice and Helpful Article. Thank you for sharing, Thanks again.

  16. 24/10/2017 / 20:04

    beautiful photography

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