As the weekend approaches the travel bug in you starts acting up. Some clicks later you have booked yourself through to Budapest. Two days in the Hungarian capital and loads of things to do, places to see. So what’s keen traveller like you supposed to do? How do you pack in as much as you can into a weekend? Read on and you will know all there is about planning a great weekend in Budapest.
Travelling alone or with a bunch of friends, thinking of a stag weekend or in search for some time away from the mundane, Budapest has something for all kind of travellers. Divided by the river Danube, Buda and Pest offer two distinct settings for the visitors. Let’s take a closer look and find out how your weekend here can become truly memorable.
Weekend Day 1
On your first day get down to exploring the cultural side of the city. Cross the Danube through the iconic Chain bridge and head to Buda Castle. Home to the National Gallery and History Museum, the Buda Castle offers breathtaking views of the Danube. The Buda castle district is a UNESCO world heritage site and is sure to take your breath away with its Gothic style architecture.
Your next stop should be the Citadella. Located atop Gellért Hill, the Citadella is an imposing fortress dating back to 1851. Offering some of the best views of the cityscape below, this location should be a must-see in your itinerary.
Buda part of the city also offers other attractions like the Matthias Church located across the Fisherman’s Bastion. After a day full of sightseeing and culture, relax in one of the thermal spas here. After all it was called ‘spa city’ in the old days for a reason. Visit the Gellért Baths, known for their healing powers and have a long soak in the hot spring waters here.
Weekend Day 2
On day two, start by exploring the Pest side of the city. Check out the tallest buildings in Budapest, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian Parliament. Both imposing structures form an important part of the Budapest skyline. Climb up to the dome of the basilica and see panoramic views of the city below.
Your sightseeing part of the tour can end with a walk down the Andrássy Avenue. Home to some of the best restaurant and cafes in Budapest, the avenue offers an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic food options to choose from.
If walking around gets a bit too much, hop onto the oldest subway in continental Europe. Running under the Andrássy Avenue, this historical subway will take you back in time. After all that culture and history it’s time for some fun.
Make your last day in Budapest a memorable one. Visit one of the many bars or pubs in the city and tuck into some Hungarian grub. Drawing a variety of crowd, the pubs attract locals and tourists alike. Try the Hungarian favourites, Goulash, Lángos or Főzelék and wash it down with one of the craft beers that the city is so famous for. Also do not miss the chance to try Unicum, the national drink of Hungary. A closely guarded secret recipe adds to the intrigue of this unique liqueur.
Budapest is truly a hidden gem of Europe. With a right blend of culture, hospitality and cuisine, travellers will thoroughly enjoy their time here. On your visit to the Hungarian capital you will come across a wide selection of people, from the solo traveller to the group of young chaps on their Budapest stag do. No matter whom you meet they will only have good things to say about the city. So get packing, your weekend in Budapest is calling out to you.