Best places to photograph Budapest Hungary

Best places to photograph Budapest in Hungary

Budapest is exciting, bizarre and filled with so many colorful and unusual places to explore on food or by public transportation. You will find a multitude of beautiful areas around the city that are very traditional and filled with gorgeous architecture and design. Photographing Budapest is fun and relatively easy to maneuver in the compact historic district, which makes all the main attractions and different neighborhoods easy to get to and explore on foot. There are many photogenic attractions to consider: food venues and markets, squares filled with impressive architecture, historic monuments and quirky areas of the city to explore and keep your camera buzzing while you tour around. To save you some time in visiting Budapest, I will highlight some of my favorite and  places to photograph Budapest. Get your camera ready to shoot because you will definitely find plenty of photo opportunities to capture in and around the capital.

 

Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

Here’s quick guide of the best places to photograph Budapest

 

Looking up to Matthias church and Fisherman's Bastion Budapest

Base of Matthias church and Fisherman’s Bastion

The Buda side of the city has so many magnificent attractions and historic landmarks to visit and spend a day or more if you  have extra time. when you start from the bottom of Buda Castle hill, you will get some nice uphill views to the ramparts and historical sites at Buda Castle, Matthias church and the Fisherman’s Bastion.  It’s nice to walk up slowly so you can capture some of the architectural splendor of these impressive monuments and ramparts while walking uphill. On the way up are some wonderful views framed views of the city with lots of greenery, peek-a-boo views to different bridges and shoreline along with details of the castle walls above.

Tip – If you prefer not to climb the trails to the ramparts and main areas of Buda Castle hill, you can easily take the Buda Castle funicular or the Castle bus: no. 16 and 16A from the base which takes you directly to the main tourist areas on top.

Looking at the Parliament of Budapest from Buda Castle hill

Views of Pest from the Fisherman’s Bastion at Buda

When you get to the top of Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the entire city and the Danube river. Photo spots to concentrate on would be Parliament, the Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge and the other successive bridges along the Danube river with the scenic landscape and city details below.  Even on dull grey days like the day I visited, you’ll still get some wonderful views – I would just cut most of the grey skies and include more frontal frame views of the city along with the bridges.

Climbing up to Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest Hungary

 

You never know what you’ll discover walking around Fisherman’s Bastion

Tip – if you go to the large tower on the far left of the Fisherman’s Bastion, there is a restaurant/bar with a large upstairs balcony where you can have a meal or visit for a nicer views of the city and ramparts of Buda Castle from above. This music combo group below typically performs on weekends if you want to hear them play and even do a dance if you’re in the mood.

 

Live music and dance at Fisherman's Bastion in Buda section of Budapest best place to photograph Budapest

 

Detail studies and views of Budapest parliament

 

Fisherman's Bastion details Best places to photograph Budapest Hungary

 

 Exploring Buda Castle Hill

Outside of Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias church, there are many attractions worth visiting on Buda Castle Hill,  this includes: Trinity Square, The Royal Palace and the Hungarian National Gallery, Labyrinths of Buda Castle, the National Széchenyi Library, and the President’s palace(Sandor palace).  All of these locations offer fantastic photo opportunities along with more scenic views of the Danube river and the Pest side. While exploring the cobble stone streets around Trinity square, you will find unique buildings and architectural details hosting a variety of shops, galleries, bars and local restaurants.

Tip – for a complete guide of attractions and places to visit at Buda Castle hill, check out the Budapest by locals site here.

 

A view of Matthias church and the baroque Trinity statue

 

Trinity statue and Matthias church in the Buda section of Budapest

 

 

Interior of Matthias church

 

Matthias church interior - Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

 

Fascinating painted walls and patterns of Matthias church

Before you start to explore the area around Matthias church, make sure to purchase a ticket for a reserve time for entering the church and check out all the gorgeous interior details which is a must see attraction. There are docent tours that you can also take part of the understand the history and significance of the church on Buda Castle hill.

Tip – make sure you walk up to the upper galleries of the church to see the beautiful painted columns and ceilings, stained glass and other unusual architectural details that are fun to capture with your camera.

 

Matthias church interior - Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

 

 

 

 

Views from Gellert Hill - Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

Gellert Hill at Buda

Close to Buda Castle on a separate hill is Gellert Hill with the Bronze Gellert monument (Hungary’s famous saint) sitting proudly at the peak. You will get the same spectacular views to the entire city below along with views looking directly to Buda castle, Matthias church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. At the base of the hill sits one of the celebrated baths called the Gellert baths which is also worth a visit for the beautiful interiors thermal pools that are fun to explore and photograph.

Tip – From Gellert Hill, you can take some wonderful pictures of the many bridges that span the Danube river. The Elisabeth bridge leading to the Pest  side is a nice bridge to capture from this hill on the way up to the Gellert monument. Or below is another bridge you can photograph from Gellert Hill,  this is the Chain bridge with the basilica of St. Stephens in the background.

Views of the Chain bridge and Pest from Gellert Hill

 

Chain bridge and Pest - Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

 

 

 

Danube river promenade - Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

Danube promenade at Budapest

The Danube riverfront promenade is where you want to explore the area for some lovely landscapes and city skyline from the Buda or Pest side. On this long promenade, you can visit a variety of interesting monuments and views that you can frame an easy postcard photo worthy moment. Take for an example the bronze shoes on the steps of the Danube which reflects the Jewish mass deportation with the Nazi occupation of Hungary, this spot of bronze shoes gives you a different story about the Jews living in this once vibrant Jewish filled city and perhaps their last view of the Danube and Budapest. If you stay along the waterfront area for sunset and later into the night when the monuments are lit up then, you will get some fantastic photo captures of this lovely landscape with city views from twilight to evening.

 

Holocaust memorial on the Danube - Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

 

Sunset views of Buda Hill

Tip – for perfect sunset views of Budapest, go late afternoon along the shoreline on the Pest side along the Danube promenade (the area around the bronze shoes is ideal but a bit of a walk). On a clear day, you will be able to catch some magnificent sunsets over Buda castle hill like the image below. Then stay a little longer to catch the hillsides and shoreline with most of the monuments lit up for the night.

 

Sunset views of Buda Hill Castle from the Danube promenade in Budapest

 

The monuments lit up on the Buda side at night

 

Night views of Buda Hill Castle from the Danube promenade in Budapest

 

 

St. Stephen's Basilica Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

St. Stephen’s Square and Basilica

The large square around St. Stephen’s basilica is a fantastic area to explore the cathedral and the surrounding neighborhood which is filled with stunning architecture that spans many genres of the city’s classical periods. It’s a fun area to explore and take in some of the beautiful buildings and architectural details, outdoor cafés and street scenes around the square. You can enter the cathedral but no tripods are allowed inside. Look for a solid surface or pew bench as a brace to take a photo of the interior. Or you can bump up your ISO settings and keep your hands steady for a clear shot of the beautiful altar and other chapels in the cathedral.

Tip – visit this area again at night and you will get some wonderful illuminated shots of the square, cathedral and other street scenes. There are music programs offered at night for a nominal fee.

 

St. Stephen's Basilica - Budapest at night

 

 

 

Budapest Central Market Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

Budapest central market

The ornate brick structure that houses the central market on the Pest side is definitely worth a visit for visitors that want to see and photograph colorful stalls filled with beautiful arrangements of produce, meats, seafood and other specialty foods from the area. You can easily take pictures with the vendors, but do ask permission if you want to include them in your photography of the market. This is a great place to try some of the specialty food or even take something to snack on for later.

 

Tip – go to the upper level to take photographs of the market below or to take detailed shots of the glass framework or the mostly souvenir stands on the 2nd floor.

 

Széchenyi Thermal Bath best places to photograph Budapest

Budapest thermal baths

Called the “City of Spas”, Budapest has more spas and medicinal baths than any other capital in the world. Used by the early Romans and then expanded by the Ottoman empire, the thermal baths at Budapest are a must visit experience. The only difficulty would be deciding which of the public or private spas to choose from. One of the largest and grandest spas is the Széchenyi Thermal Bath which was the first public bath established in Pest. There are many outdoor pools to choose from and a variety of ornate interior pools that are fun to explore the different rooms, saunas, steam rooms and hot to cold pools.

Tip – It is difficult to bring a camera with you to all the thermal pools without cold stares or accidentally dropping your camera. The best option would be to take a few pictures outside the pool areas before you head inside to the locker room. Or you can also take your cell phone and take a few photographs of the interior pools while you are just scouting the pools and then go back to the locker to store your phone so you can enjoy the pools without worry about losing anything.

 

 

 

Public squares of Budapest best places to photograph Budapest

 

Public squares of Budapest

There are many wonderful public squares throughout Budapest that are a nice place to visit and  to photograph anything interesting that is spontaneously happening. Most of them have beautiful fountains, statuary and attractive architecture surrounding the historic squares with unique features that you can capture. My top pics of photogenic squares include St. Stephen’s Square with the main cathedral, Trinity Square on the Buda side, Heroes’ Square with the Millennium Monument and the bronze statuary, and Vorosmarty Square where you will find regular events and outdoor markets with specialty goods to check out along with local street food vendors. For a list of the most popular and lively squares to visit in Budapest check out this list of public squares from Go To Hungary.

 

Specialty food markets in the public squares of Budapest

Outdoor markets and street food at Vorosmarty Square 

 

Outdoor market at Vorosmarty Square in Budapest

 

Beautiful architectural details on Vaci Street, Budapest

Inner Ring and Vaci Street

The main pedestrian promenade on Vaci Street is where you will find all the main shopping and designer boutiques inside the Inner ring of Budapest. Outside of shopping, you can see some beautiful architecture and enjoy the street scenes of the city while exploring some of the popular squares and other historic landmarks in the area.

 

 

Budapest Inner ring Best places to photograph Budapest

 

Vaci promenade at night

 

best places to photograph Budapest

 

Budapest Parliament

The best place to photograph the stunning architecture of Budapest Parliament is from the Buda side typically around Fisherman’s Bastion with views above to the Danube and the majestic  Parliament building. If you want to visit Parliament, you can make reservations to tour the interiors of the government building which are impressive and includes visits to the grand staircase, the upper house halls, coronation jewels in the Dome hall and a variety of other fascinating rooms on the tour. You can check out the details and reservation information on the Hungarian Parliament tour site here.

 

Budapest Parliament Best places to photograph Budapest

I hope that this has inspired you for exploring some of these wonderful attractions and landmarks around Budapest, Hungary. Have you been to some of these places or know some other interesting places to explore and photograph? Please do share them in the comments section below.  If you enjoyed the tour of Budapest, please check out my night tour of Budapest here.

 

Budapest Parliament best places to photograph Budapest

 

Where to stay in Budapest

If your looking for a place to stay in Budapest it definitely is about location, great views and travel deals – check out some of these deals and if your planning on visiting Budapest, please pin or bookmark this post!

 

Bosco Budapest – a gorgeous hotel in a great location, this stately hotel exudes old world charm and close to the Jewish section. It really is a piece of art and centrally located.

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest – a five star hotel that is a stately hotel in another great location and views. Old world charm, nice appointments and details with excellent front desk service

BO18 Hotel Superior Budapest – a great value hotel in a good location with decent breakfast buffet. Good room size amenities and well maintained rooms.

Continental Hotel Budapest – a striking hotel with a beautiful lobby, roof top pool, jacuzzi and well located in the Jewish side of Pest. Nicely appointment rooms, good sized bathroom and toiletries, along with standard room services.

For more travel deals and better prices, check out Trip Advisors website here for reviews and special deals.

Check out these fun activities and tours while in Budapest

Budapest Candlelit cruise – a fantastic way to enjoy the Danube with great photo ops at night time.

Skip the Line to Gellert Spa – an easy and fast way to enjoy more time at this amazing spa without the long lines

Budapest City Card – free admission to over 100 museums, discount attractions and public transporation around the city

Budapest grand city tour with Parliament visit – a fantastic way to tour the whole city and also get a chance to see the inside of the gorgeous parliament building

Budapest Culinary walk – a fantastic way to tour the city’s attractions and try some of the local food and restaurants in the area.

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Best places to photograph Budapest, Hungary

 

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22 Responses to Best places to photograph Budapest Hungary

  1. vagabondwithabike April 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    Hi Noel,

    beautiful pictures, good recommendations! I had the chance to be in Budapest over December last year…December…not the best month for Budapest. Very foggy! So I resorted to mostly night photography…at freezing temperatures. If you check out my site you’ll see that I covered some of the sites you’re recommending…and I’ll post more pictures shortly. Thanks for your article again!

    Regards,

    Robert, the Vagabond With A Bike

  2. Annette March 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    What incredible architecture – I’ve been thinking about visiting Budapest lately…

  3. alison abbott March 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Budapest has such an ethereal quality, like stepping back in time. This group of photos really gives a unique feel to the place-like I’ve discovered a lovely vintage travel book.

  4. Carole Terwilliger Meyers March 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    What lovely images of Budapest! The shot of the baths reminds me of a vintage postcard. Nice.

  5. Edwina March 9, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    I’ve only spent a day in Budapest, but your photos make me want to go back and explore it more. It’s truly a beautiful city. I love the night shots!

  6. Hung Thai March 9, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    My goodness these are incredible pictures. That shot of chain bridge is straight out of a movie. Can’t wait to visit this place soon…

  7. Miriam March 9, 2016 at 1:59 am #

    Noel, your photos of Budapest are absolutely gorgeous! I’m planning a trip there in May and can’t wait to explore the city! I’ll definitely pin this!

  8. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go March 8, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

    Your photos celebrate the history, architecture and beauty of Budapest. If your hope was to inspire your readers to visit this amazing city here’s one person that was INSPIRED! Hope to visit Eastern Europe in a few months and I’ll be referring to your posts to keep in mind places that we should see. Thanks for the tips.

  9. Billie Frank March 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Wonderful photo tour of Budapest. The shoes were very sobering!

  10. The GypsyNesters March 8, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Fisherman’s Bastion seemed to offer endless possibilities for shots to us. Yours are fabulous, as always.

  11. Kathryn Burrington March 8, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    Noel, please stop making places I want to go to even more inviting. When I finally make it there I will defintely use this post for inspiration. Lovely shots, especially the first one.

  12. Sue Reddel March 8, 2016 at 2:15 am #

    Wish we had post before visiting Budapest last December! You’re photos as always are amazing. We were only there for a day but it certainly is a beautiful city.

  13. Paula McInerney March 7, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    I was trying to pick a favourite photograph as I was reading this. I went from the dancing, to the thermal baths, and then the architecture. All I know is that Budapest must be visited by us, as soon as possible.Great job Noel.

  14. Joe March 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    Excellent photos here! I loved Budapest when I visited a couple of years ago, and agree that it’s a very photogenic city with lots of great photographic vantage points. Not sure if I captured the sights, sounds and smells as well as you have here though. Great job sir! Love your description of the famous Castle Hill too 🙂

  15. Andrea Gerak March 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    You caught some very nice details, beyond the “obligatory” shots!

    And your post is indeed an excellent selection of great photo spots.

    I would add to the list the Janos-hegy lookout tower, the top of St Stephen Basilica, or a little bit more out in the green of the Buda Hills, the Harmashatarhegy. Also, the “other side” of the Buda Castle Hill, the promenade towards West gives spectacular views, especially at sunset.

    And your Chain Bridge picture looks like it was taken from the Buda Castle Hill, wasn’t it?

  16. Julie McCool March 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

    This is so helpful because we’ll be making our first visit to Budapest in May. Your photos are so gorgeous and now I know where to go during our visit. Thanks for the great tips!

  17. Janice Chung March 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    This was really useful. When I travel I sometimes look at books or postcards to see how photographers have taken pictures of certain monuments or historical sights. Your tips after certain locations were particularly helpful

  18. Vicki Winters March 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    As always….STUNNING photos. I love that I can see inside the windows and almost make friends with the people in your pics. Now, I’d love to visit Budapest!

  19. Suzanne - Travelbunny March 7, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    Fabulous shots of a beautiful city with some slightly different perspectives. I enjoyed photographing some of the underground stations and Hero Square on my visit which was a few years ago now. The Shoes on the Danube is such a moving memorial.

  20. Donna Janke March 7, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    These are absolutely stunning photographs. Budapest looks like a wonderful city to visit and explore. How did I not know it had thermal baths?

  21. Paul (@luxury__travel) March 7, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    I love the architecture! Such a fascinating city and so beautifully captured here. Love your sunset view but looks as though it might benefit from a little straightening, Noel! 😉

  22. Tam Warner Minton March 7, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    Spectacular, as always!

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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