The Perfect Weekend in Budapest : 48 Hour Itinerary Budapest is highly underrated! It was never on my Bucketlist but somehow last minute I decided to take a weekend trip and absolutely loved it! It’s super affordable, delicious and perfect for every kind of traveler.
Budapest is separated by the Danube River into two sides, Bupa and Pest. Its home to many UNESECO World Heritage Sites and its a curious mix of the very old and the very new. The arcitecture here tells a story and the attractions shed light onto Hungary’s history. Both sides, Buda and Pest, are best explored by foot and because the main city is small its not hard to see all the big attractions in a couple days. Here is the breakdown of my trip!
Where we stayed: Our 2 bedroom beautiful AirBnB cost $57/night! The location was very central and safe and the apartment was lovely. TIP: I’d recommend booking with a super host. When you are traveling with wifi only, you need a SUPER RESPONSIVE host to be able to answer your questions and come find you when you arrive!
First Night in Budapest
We started our night by walking over to Menza for dinner, located in Liszt Ferenc Square- a popular area with many restaurants. Can we just stop and talk about how dinner (2 appetizers, 3 entrees, dessert, coffee) + bottle of 🍷 only cost $88. 👍🏼 What?! Budapest restaurants are generally a great value!
Dinner will be very filling so afterwards head over to see the the Oktogon intersection of Grand Blvd & Andrássy Ave. It’s supposedly one of the busiest intersections of Budapest. Then continue onto see Nagymező Street, Budapest’s Broadway Street.
Nagymező Street is another street with many options of restaurants to choose from. We decided to stopped by Pesti Disznó for some snacks!
The famous Ruin Bars! Szimpla Kert is Szimply awesome! 😀 It’s a 2-story open aired space with multiple bars inside. There are eccentric designs all throughout. It’ll be a fun night out with locals and fellow tourists – Szimply a must see!
Morning Goulash with Pork Fat: Hungarian Goulash is a soup or stew usually made with beef and seasoned with paprika and other delicious spices! We picked Bock Bisztro for breakfast. Their Goulash was so delectable! The other starters were also really excellent. The pate, and especially the Pork 🐷 Fat that comes with your bread. Oh yum! Tip: I would only recommend ordering the appetizers here. The entrees were good but not life changing and they also came out painfully slow. (It’s not ideal for a weekender visit- stick with the appetizers)
Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) & Andrassy Ut (Ut means Street) : After lunch, walk along Andrassy Ut to Heroes’ Square. The Boulevard which dates back to 1872, is lined with cafes, luxury bouquets and restaurants. There are also many museums including the Museum of Fine Arts and a Zoo that you could add to your itinerary!
Budapest: The city of Spas
Bathtime! Budapest is famous for their thermal spas/baths! Sometimes referred to as the City of Spas, Budapest is the perfect place to come lounge in healing waters. There are quite a few to pick from. Our AirBnb Host recommended The Széchenyi Baths. Tip: Pack bathing suit, sandals and a towel! Check hours of operation and if traveling during peak seasons, make prior reservations.
So how to pick a bath house? I honestly don’t think you can go wrong, but to be safe do a bit of research and pick a couple. Here is a list of the most popular baths in the city.
Chain Bridge, Budapest Parliament, Royal Palace
My favorite part of the trip was seeing the city light up at night! The Chain Bridge, which spans across the Danube River, connects the Buda and the Pest sides. It was opened in 1849 and during that time was considered one of the wonders of the world. I’m not surprised because it really is so beautiful, especially at night!
Chain Bridge with the Royal Castle in the back
After taking in the views, walk along the river and head south towards Váci utca or Vaci Street. This is a main tourist street with shops and restaurants. I personally dislike the, “main streets” of most tourist cities because they are full of H&Ms/Zara and other big brand stores + overpriced and not so good chain restaurants. (It’s like eating in time square….A big NO NO) but we did it anyway. The streets surrounding this street have cuter boutique shops and awesome architecture. Wander!
Start your morning at Espresso Embassy