Last Updated on December 15, 2022
By Jim Ferri
48 hours in Budapest will keep you very busy. You see, Budapest is an incredible city for travelers – actually, two incredible cities on opposite banks of the Danube, each with its own distinct flavor.
Four or five days is a good amount of time to visit, but even in just two days you’ll find there’s a lot you can do in the Hungarian capital. If you’re traveling to Budapest to join a river cruise, do yourself a favor and arrive a few days early. It’s a great place to absorb the Hungarian culture, as well as the country’s celebrated food and wines.
Budapest is a beautiful Old World city that oozes charm. In fact, 48 hours in Budapest will give you plenty of time to walk along its avenues and you’re surrounded by turn-of-the-century architecture, cozy cafés tucked away on cobbled streets, and wonderful music and art.
A Layer Cake of History
It’s also a layer cake of history, stretching back through the Soviet-era oppression, to the Habsburgs, the Turks, the Romans and the Celts. They’ve all left their imprint on the city, making it the fascinating place it is today.
There are a lot of things to do and enjoy during your 48 hours in Budapest – more than one could ever cram into a two- or three-day visit. But even though many will find a short stay inevitable, there is still time to see the best of Budapest, even though you’ll likely wish you could linger much longer.
Regardless of the duration of your stay, here are the top places to enjoy in this beautiful city. Don’t put it off any longer. Just make plans to go. Now. Even if you can only spend 48 hours in Budapest.