Two Days In Budapest – Perfect 48 Hour Budapest Itinerary 2019

Merging whimsy with grit, Budapest fires the imagination and fills the camera card. Here’s an inside guide on how to spend two days in Budapest, complete with a bespoke 48 hour Budapest itinerary.

Budapest Itinerary At A Glance

Day One


Castle Hill


Pest & Gellert Hill


Michelin star dining

 and ruin pubs

Day Two


Budapest Parliament

House of Terror


Retro Budapest

Or Széchenyi Baths

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Meet Budapest: Whimsy and Grit

Like a spinning coin, Budapest is a city with two sides. The whimsical, classical Budapest of cream puff architecture, hazy views, spires and spy novels.  And the gritty, complicated Budapest, where ruin pubs snarl their way through the scorched difficulties of the 20th century.

Even the name Budapest comes as two parts: hilly Buda and flatter Pest, divided forever by the Danube. Political patterns pair up as well: the Nazis and the Soviets. Christianity vs Islam.

Budapest is a place where those deep footprints of history leave imprints in the most beautiful and ugly of places.  

Combine 2 Days in Budapest with a Danube River Cruise

However you spend your time in Budapest, be sure to see her from the river. The view from the Danube of the parliament buildings is one of the best in the world. 

On my first trip to Budapest, I opted for a short evening river cruise. 

This last time, my two days in Budapest were part of my 10 day Danube River Cruise with Avalon Waterways [ad] That trip surprised me in so many ways and you can read the full Avalon review here. 

But one of the best parts? Avalon's attention to time spent on land as well as on the water. Many of the recommendations in this 48 hour Budapest itinerary come straight from their programme and their tour guides. 

But that’s what makes the city so fascinating – and deserving of more than just two days in Budapest.

But everyone’s gotta do what they gotta do, right? If two days in Budapest is all you have then two days in Budapest it shall be!

And I’m here, with my experience of many visits to this Hungarian city, to give you my two day itinerary for visiting Budapest.

Viewing binoculars at Fishermen's Bastion Budapest

Fishermen's Bastion

Budapest in Two Days 

Disclosure – Some recommendations may have been discovered during a hosted trip and this post may contain some affiliate links. As ever, all thoughts and opinions are truly my own, otherwise what's the point?!

Day One in Budapest

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