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How to Spend 2 Days in Budapest

How to Spend 2 Days in Budapest

Dripping with history and culture, Budapest is a dream city-break destination filled with architectural treasures, opulent spas, and ornate coffeehouses. From Danube cruises and art nouveau bathhouses to hearty cuisine and classical music concerts, here’s how to make the most of a 2-day break in the Hungarian capital.

Day 1: The Best of Budapest

**Morning:**Beat the crowds with a convenient morning sightseeing tour focused on Budapest’s top landmarks. See sights such as the Budapest Parliament, Heroes’ Square, Buda Castle, and St. Stephen’s Basilica via coach or tuk-tuk tour—both of which ensure no time is wasted traveling between attractions. Alternatively, set your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

**Afternoon:**Hot springs bubble up across Budapest, providing thermal waters for the city’s many historic bathhouses. Spend the afternoon soaking in the pools of the Gellért Baths, whose art nouveau interior makes it among the most aesthetically pleasing bathhouse complexes in town. 

**Night:**Floating down the Danube is a quintessential Budapest experience—and one that is best done after sunset when the elegant riverside architecture is illuminated. Options include basic sightseeing cruises as well as dinner, wine-tasting, and craft-beer cruises. 

Day 2: Hungarian Cuisine and Culture

**Morning:**Start your second day with a deep-dive culinary tour that goes far beyond goulash. Sample cured meats and other delicacies at the Central Market Hall and get a basic introduction to Hungarian wines during a guided tasting session. 

**Afternoon:**If your stomach can accommodate more food, follow up with a dessert-themed tour that makes stops in the city’s grand coffeehouses for sweet pastries paired with steaming brews. If you’re too full, opt for a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter instead. Learn about the city’s Jewish heritage as you visit sights including the Dohány Street Synagogue and the Jewish Museum.

**Night:**After a day of snacking and sightseeing, unwind with an evening of music. Watch folk music and dance performances while dining on a traditional Hungarian feast in the Buda Hills, or attend classical or folk music recitals in Danube Palace or Vigadó Concert Hall.

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Evening Cruise on the Danube with Optional DrinksDining Experiences

Evening Cruise on the Danube with Optional Drinks

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Sip and sightsee along the Danube on this evening cruise in Budapest. Choose from multiple cruise options to suit your preferences and admire the stunning views of Buda Castle, the Parliament House, and the Citadel. Additional drinks are available for purchase on board as the evening continues along Budapest’s sparkling panorama.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in BudapestWater Tours

Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest

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Experience the beautiful sights of Budapest on a cruise along the Danube River. See famous landmarks such as the Chain Bridge, which connects the eastern and western sides of the city, as well as Buda Castle. On board you can enjoy wine and Hungarian sparkling wine and a buffet-style dinner included on the cruise, based on the tour option selected. Live music sets the mood as you glide past the capital city’s stunning backdrop.
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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off TourHop on Hop Off

Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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This Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour of Budapest is one of the easiest ways to get around the city while you’re traveling. Book your night tour, 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket and explore at your own pace. The route stops at many key areas of Budapest, including Heroes’ Square, the Hungarian Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Hungarian State Opera House. The bus offers free onboard Wi-Fi and recorded commentary about Budapest's sights in several languages.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Budapest Folklore Show including DinnerDining Experiences

Budapest Folklore Show including Dinner

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Venture to the beautiful Buda Hills for dinner and a folk show on your next trip to Budapest. You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Budapest by a guide and transported to an authentic restaurant in the hills, where you can enjoy night-time views of the city.  A three-course meal and wine will be provided, followed by traditional folk music and dance.
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Budapest Parliament Visit and 3-hour City Tour Half-day Tours

Budapest Parliament Visit and 3-hour City Tour

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Explore the largest building in Hungary on this half-day sightseeing tour of Budapest with entry to the Parliament House. This excursion includes the price of admission, a guided city tour and pickup from your hotel. Over the course of the trip you’ll see the famous lookout towers of Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes’ Square and more. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the Holy Crown of Hungary while you’re inside Parliament.
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Budapest Sweet & Coffeehouse WalkHalf-day Tours

Budapest Sweet & Coffeehouse Walk

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Budapest is a city of coffee and sweet lovers, with a rich history of coffee houses, patisseries, and cafes. This 3-hour small-group walking tour showcases this tradition with a food-expert guide. Explore the city’s love of sweet treats, learn how its cafes were hubs of literary life, and enjoy several stops to sample delights like artisanal coffee, ‘dobos torta,’ strudel, and dessert wine. If you wish, upgrade to a private tour with hotel pickup.
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Budapest Jewish Heritage Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Budapest Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

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Travel through Budapest’s historic Jewish Quarter on a walking tour and learn about the community that remains active there today. See the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Raul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, the Jewish Museum and more, as your guide discusses in-depth the Jewish heritage behind the streets that you pass. With two routes to choose from, you’ll hear about the community’s past and the important role that the Jewish culture plays in contemporary Hungarian society.
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  • 3 hours
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Budapest Culinary & Wine WalkWine Tastings

Budapest Culinary & Wine Walk

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Delve into the culinary culture of Budapest during a walking tour of the Hungarian capital. In a small group limited to eight food lovers, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Central Market Hall – Budapest’s largest food market – and sample traditional products in a patisserie and artisan chocolate shop. Pleasure your palate with three Hungarian wines and listen to informative commentary from your gourmand guide on this enriching tour.
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Budapest Private Tuk Tuk Half-Day TourHalf-day Tours

Budapest Private Tuk Tuk Half-Day Tour

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Add a fun twist to your sightseeing tour in Budapest and see the sights aboard a motorized tuk-tuk. Glide around the Buda Castle District; hop off to take photos of Heroes’ Square, Matthias Church, and the Garden of Philosophy; and see the Chain Bridge, St. Stephen's Basilica, and the Hungarian Parliament building.
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