Budapest travel guide for 2 days

Budapest travel guide for 2 days

Budapest travel guide for 2 days

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Many tourists visit Budapest and spend a few days here, discovering its most beautiful sights. Budapest’s main attractions are located close to each other, and ​to the good public transport network, you can get around the capital in 1-2 days.

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How to get around Budapest?

Public transport is easily accessible to all popular locations in the city, so getting from one point to another in Budapest is easy.
The price of a line ticket is 350 HUF, which is valid for bus, metro, trolleybus, and tram. You can save even more by choosing to buy a day ticket type instead of line tickets.

Tickets can be purchased from BKK ticket machines:
– Budapest 24-hour ticket: 1650 HUF
– Budapest 72-hour ticket: 4150 HUF
– Budapest Weekly ticket: 4950 Ft

Use Moovit for timetable information and route planning.

Day 1 – Iconic Budapest sights

Fisherman’s bastion

One of the most romantic and popular attractions in Budapest is the Fisherman’s Bastion. Due to its magnificent panorama, it is popular with tourists and locals alike. Arrive early morning if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a magical sunrise in one of the best locations in Budapest.

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The fairytale building of the Fisherman’s Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902 in the neroman style. Its seven impressive stone towers symbolize the seven chieftains of the Hungarians. It takes its name from the fact that there used to be a fishing town here.

Entrance to the upper viewing platform of the Fisherman’s Bastion is free until 9 AM, after that 1000 HUF/person.

Matthias Church

The Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion are next to each other so you can explore two iconic sights at the same time. Construction of the church began between 1246 and 1247. The church has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the past centuries. When Suleiman conquered Buda, he converted the Matthias Church into a mosque that explains the bright colors and patterns of the church. The snow-white limestone neo-Gothic church, covered with colorful tiles, is a unique building in Europe. The best view of Budapest is from the church and the bastion.

Both attractions are easily accessible by bus or metro.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9 AM-5 PM, Sat: 9 AM-12 PM, Sun: 1 PM-5 PM.
Ticket prices
For adults 1800 Ft
For students and pensioners 1200 Ft

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is the oldest and most famous bridge, providing the first link between Buda and Pest. The bridge is an iconic symbol of the Hungarian capital. It was built between 1839 and 1849, named after István Széchenyi. Destroyed during the World War II, it was rebuilt in 1949 on the 100th anniversary of its construction.

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If you get hungry, visit Cafe Molnár’s chimney cake café.

Shoes on the Danube

The Shoes on the Danube is a Budapest Holocaust memorial to the Hungarian Jews who were shot into the Danube. The victims were instructed to take off their shoes before they died, and then their bodies fell into the river.
The inscription on the plaque is available in three languages: “to the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by arrow cross militiamen in 1944-45.”

Shoes on the Danube

Parliament

The Parliament House is the largest building in Budapest. After the three cities of Buda, Pest and Óbuda merged in 1873, it was decided that a new parliament building was needed. Construction began in 1885 and was inaugurated in 1896 on the 1000th anniversary of the conquest. Take a 50-minute walk through the most beautiful rooms of the Parliament House.

St Stephen’s Basilica

St Stephen’s Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in Hungary and the second tallest building in Budapest after the Parliament. The basilica is named after St Stephen, the founder of the Hungarian state, whose mummified hand is preserved here.

Admission is free, but a donation is recommended.

In front of the basilica, you will find many restaurants and cafés, making it an ideal stopover to relax or end the day.

Day 2 – Free time activities

Gellért Hill

Gellért Hill rises 235 meters high, and the monument is visible from many points in the capital. It becomes more crowded at sunrise and sunset, as the Citadel on Gellért Hill offers one of the best views of Budapest. The Statue of Liberty on Gellért Hill is one of the symbols of Budapest, the work of Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl, a female figure holding a palm branch in her raised hands.

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The Gellért Spa is one of the most famous thermal baths in Budapest, is definitely worth a visit.

Liberty Bridge

The Liberty Bridge, earlier known as the Franz Joseph Bridge, opened in 1896, is the third road crossing in the capital. The Liberty Bridge is a very photogenic spot in Budapest, especially when yellow trams cross the green bridge.

Trams come about every 5 minutes, so it’s worth waiting a few minutes.

Heroes’ Square

Heroes’ Square is Budapest’s largest and most popular square, and the monument was built to celebrate the 1896 millennium. The 36-meter high statue in the center is the Archangel Gabriel.

The story is that King Stephen crowned himself and became a Christianity because Archangel Gabriel had asked him to do so in a dream. The crown and cross in the hands of the statue also symbolize this dream. In front of the column stands the Hungarian War Memorial, commemorating the heroes who died for Hungarian independence.

There are many attractions near Heroes’ Square, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Kunsthalle, the Budapest Zoo, the Széchenyi Spa, and the Vajdahunyad Castle.

You can get here by the M1 yellow metro line to Heroes’ Square station.

Vajdahunyad Castle

During the millennium celebrations of 1896, in memory of the conquest, the Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest was made as a copy of a Gothic castle in Transylvania. The aim was to present the history of Hungarian architecture with the building. Originally made of wood because of the cost, it was later rebuilt between 1904 and 1908 using more durable materials.

Day trip to Bory Castle

Bory Castle, the most beautiful sight of Székesfehérvár, is only 70 km from Budapest. The castle had designed by the architect and sculptor Jenő Bory with his wife and built by himself over 40 summers. The castle is a symbol of eternal love, a reminder of their life together, and their artistic dreams. The castle is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest structure in the world, built by a man alone with his own two hands.

Opening hours: every day from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Ticket price:
Full price ticket 1800 HUF
Students and pensioners 900 HUF

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