Visit Budapest in 1 or 2-3 days: what is worth doing?

The Hungarian main city, Budapest, has many historical attractions that are worth visiting.

Budapest offers an infinite number of attractions, and if you are thinking of exploring the city in 1 day or 2-3 days, get ready, because now is the time to plan your trip!

Visit Budapest in 1 or 2-3 days: what is worth doing?

Budapest offers an infinite number of attractions, and if you are thinking of exploring the city in 1 day or 2-3 days, get ready, because now is the time to plan your trip!

The Hungarian main city, Budapest, has many historical attractions that are worth visiting. But when someone visits this enormous city, at first sight, it can be hard to decide what to explore, what fits into a one-day tour and what needs more time. We will give you some ideas on how to make the most of your trip to Budapest, even if you only come for a few days.

1 day in Budapest

Do you have only one day in Budapest, and you want to get the best out of it? First of all, you have to be sure of what you find interesting. Different parts of Budapest hide different treasures.

If you want to get lost in the downtown area, the Jewish Quarter is a must-see part of it. This is a constantly bustling district of Budapest, where many ruin bars and nightclubs await you in the evenings, and during the day you can get learn about past events and history as part of a tour, and have local traditional dishes for lunch or dinner, your guide will surely know the right places.
In the Jewish Quarter stands the well-known Synagogue on Dohány Street, the second-largest synagogue in the world. In the yard behind the Synagogue, there is a metal weeping willow tree, the Emmanuel Memorial Tree: the names of the Jews, who lost their lives in the Hungarian Holocaust can be read on its leaves.

Walking through the district’s cobbled, cosy streets, you stumble upon special sights at every step. Those with sharp eyes can also spot a small statue of Kolodko near the Dohány Street Synagogue.

During the day, you can even find time to visit other sights in Budapest. Saint Stephen’s Basilica is located in the city center, near the Jewish Quarter, and even Heroes Square can be reached in 20 minutes by public transport, such as the 105 bus or the M1 metro. But anyone visiting there should also go to the Budapest Parliament building, which can be easily reached by tram number 2. It is worth buying a 24-hour day ticket for one day, but for those who prefer to walk, a single ticket is enough.

If you want to explore a different area, you should go to the Buda Castle District, which takes you back to the past, straight to the Middle Ages. You can go up to Castle Hill with the funicular, which departs from Clark Ádám Square, or you can even catch the 16 or 16A bus. After getting off the bus at Szentháromság (Holy Trinity) Square, you will find yourself next to the Matthias Church. It is worth wandering around because nearby is the Fisherman’s Bastion, and you can even admire the beautiful panorama of Budapest from above.

And there is another option for those who want to rest a little. Hungary is very famous for its thermal baths, and in Budapest, you can find a few. The most well-known three bathes are the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, near Heroes Square; the Rudas Thermal Bath and the Gellért Thermal Bath, both near to Gellért Hill. You can visit them either during the day or at night.

The variety of programs shows that you can only do a couple of them in one day, but the beautiful Budapest city is still worth a visit.

2-3 days in Budapest

In 2-3 days, you can get to know the many faces of Budapest. As it was mentioned before, you can spend one day discovering the downtown area, including the Jewish Quarter and the attractions located in the heart of the city. Luckily, you can buy a 72-hour Budapest travelcard individually, but it also works for groups of up to five people, and there are public transport passes too. With public transport, you can discover Andrassy Street, there stands the Hungarian State Opera, and at the end of the road leads to Heroes Square.

During the daytime, you can have a nice dinner at Strudel House on October 6th Street, or try out Hungarian sweets at Gerbeaud Café, located in Vörösmarty Square. But there are many options for those who want to taste Hungarian goulash soup, chicken paprikash, fisherman’s soup, Dobos cake or cherry strudel.

On the second day, you can go up to the Buda Castle District, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city of Pest. During an easy walk, you can see the buildings that are part of the UNESCO world heritage. Culinary experiences also await in that area, as the famous Ruszwurm Confectionery is located there.

In the evening, it is nice to take a walk along the banks of the Danube, visit the Hungarian Parliament building or even try one or two local ruin pubs.

But during a several-day stay in Budapest, it is also worth exploring the Great Market Hall at Vámház Boulevard next to the Liberty Bridge, where you can get to know Hungarian gastronomy and Hungarian delicacies. Not to mention that the three-storeyed building’s top floor is a dining area, where, among other treasures, delicious lángos are also available.

While exploring the city, you can come across special Kolodko mini-statues in several places, each of them having its own story. It is also worth taking the time to try out the thermal baths mentioned above because their healing waters are known worldwide.

As you can see, there are many programs to choose from when you visit Budapest. On the tours organized by me, you can be sure that you will get to know everything that is worth visiting in Budapest.

Let’s explore the city together!