River Danube is the center of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The story of Budapest began in 1873 with the joining of three cities Buda, Pest, and Obuda. The city is beautiful all year round and spending 48 hours in the city is just enough time to get a taste of the capital city. With amazing architecture, beautiful views, the city is full of great bars and restaurants, it’s one of the most affordable cities in Europe. Here is our itinerary on how to get the best of the city in 48 hours.
Start the first day on the Buda side of the city with a sunrise. Climb up Gillet Hill to see the Liberty Statue. The climb will reward you with mesmerizing panoramic views of the whole city. On the top of the hill stands the beautiful Liberty Statue.
From there head on to the next hill with the 12th century Buda Castle. The day will be filled with gorgeous views. Parts of the Castle are open to the public, so go ahead and explore its museums and galleries. Here you’ll find the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum, and the Széchenyi National Library.
Situated on Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion head there for the conclusion of the day and wait for the sunset. Fisherman’s Bastion monument is a Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romanesque style fairytale building with stone balconies, spires, and statues. It’s the perfect way to conclude your day.
For a fun night go to the Pest side of the city there are more of the popular street shops and a lively nightlife.
This day starts with a morning walk through the city park and from there make your way to the Hero’s Square. Here you’ll find the iconic monument featuring historical figures, including the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, who are believed to have led the Hungarian people from Asia to the Carpathian. On the top of the central pillar sits The Archangel Gabriel. It’s the largest square in Budapest.
No visit to Budapest would be complete without a stop at the main bridge that spans Buda and Pest, the Chain Bridge.
From there walk along the Danube Promenade. On your way to the Hungarian Parliament Building, stop at the memorial commemorating the Jews murdered in Budapest during the Second World War. The shoes on the Danube represent the shoes that people were forced to remove before they were shot and fell into the Danube. It’s one of the most moving memorials.
The last stop of the day is the Hungarian Parliament Building. It is one of the most famous landmarks. From this side of the river, you’ll get amazing views of the Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion. You can take a tour and get to see the Crown Jewels.
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