I’ve been living in Budapest for more than 5 years now and I still can’t stop taking photos of this beautiful city. Yes, Budapest is really that photogenic! To prove my point, in this post I collected all the most beautiful Budapest Instagram spots together with a bunch of useful tips about how to get there, when is the best time to go and how to avoid the crowds.
If you’re planning to spend only a weekend in Budapest, you might be interested in reading my 2 day Budapest itinerary as well!
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The Most Beautiful Budapest Instagram Spots
1. Fisherman’s Bastion
If I should choose only one spot as the most Instagrammable place in Budapest, it would be the fairytale-looking Fisherman’s Bastion. It’s a panoramic lookout tower located on the Buda side of the city and it’s definitely one of the most breathtaking buildings in Budapest. I’m seriously obsessed with this place! I’ve already been there a dozen times and I can still find new angles to shoot every time I visit.
Location on Google Maps: Fisherman’s Bastion
How to get there: The Fisherman’s Bastion is easily reachable by foot. Just cross the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to the Buda side and after the roundabout turn right to the Hunyadi János street. At the end of the street you will find a stairway that leads you up directly to the Fisherman’s Bastion. Alternatively, you can take the bus nr. 16 and get off at the “Donáti utca” bus stop which is located near the stairway.
Best time to go: Being one of the most touristy places in the city, the Fisherman’s Bastion gets crazy crowded during the day. Therefore I recommend you to go as early as you can! Since the sun rises right in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion, it’s worth to wake up early and watch the sunrise from there. You will not only have the whole place to yourself but the soft morning lights are great for photography as well!
Cost: Most part of the Fisherman’s Bastion is free to visit but for the upper towers you have to pay a small entrance fee of 1000 HUF (3.3 USD). However, if you’re going early in the morning you don’t need to pay an entrance fee until 9 am – another advantage of getting up early! The upper towers are also free to visit in the winter period (between October 16 and March 15) and on August 20 (Hungarian national holiday).
2. Matthias Church
The Matthias Church is practically part of the Fisherman’s Bastion so it’s easy to visit them all at once. It was used as a coronation church by Hungarian kings for centuries and it’s still one of the most unique churches in Europe by this day. It’s a huge building so having a wide angle lens will save you a lot of trouble!
Location on Google Maps: Matthias Church
How to get there: Since the Matthias Church is located right next to the Fisherman’s Bastion please refer back to the previous section about how to get there.
Best time to go: If you want to avoid the crowds you should get there early in the morning. However, the church only opens at 9am (and at 1pm on Sunday) so if you’re planning to go inside as well, it’s best to go around opening time.
Cost: Visiting the Matthias Church from the outside is free. If you want to go inside you need to pay 1,800 HUF (6 USD) per person.
3. St. Stephen’s Basilica
The St. Stephen’s Basilica is the largest church in Budapest and it’s a must visit on every Budapest itinerary. It’s a great photography spot from the outside as well but what most people don’t know is that you can actually go up to the towers! If you’re looking to find the best views of Budapest, you absolutely need to check out these lookout towers.
If you are visiting Budapest in November or December be sure to check out the Christmas market in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica! It’s definitely one of the best Christmas markets in Budapest and there is even a light show projected on the Basilica. A pretty magical experience! If you love Christmas markets, you might be interested in reading about the best Christmas markets in Europe as well!
Location on Google Maps: St. Stephen’s Basilica
How to get there: You can either take the M3 metro line and get off at the “Arany János utca” metro station or you can hop on the M1 line as well and get off at “Bajcsy-Zsilinkszy út”. The St. Stephen’s Basilica is only a few minutes walk from both metro stations.
Best time to go: It highly depends on what you want to do! If you wanna shoot outside without the crowds it’s best to go early in the morning. If you want to see the inside of the church as well, it’s open between 9am and 7pm every day. The lookout towers have different opening hours, they open at 10am and close at 4.30pm in winter, 5.30pm in spring and 6.30pm in summer. If you’re visiting Budapest in the winter I would recommend going up to the towers around sunset time!
Cost: There is no admission fee to enter the St. Stephen’s Basilica, however, you need to pay 1,000 HUF (3 USD) if you want to go up to the panoramic lookout towers.
4. The Hungarian Parliament
The Hungarian Parliament is currently the largest building in Hungary. With its 96 metres height it’s also the third largest parliament building in the world! No matter how many times I’m walking past this building it never ceases to amaze me.
Although it looks pretty epic from up close, if you’re looking for the best photography spot of the Hungarian Parliament, you need to cross the Danube river for it. This viewpoint is located on the Buda side of the river, facing directly the Parliament building.
Location on Google Maps: The best viewpoint of the Hungarian Parliament
How to get there: Take the M2 metro line and get off at the “Batthányi tér” metro station. After that you just need to follow the Danube river until you’re directly facing the Parliament! This spot is located on a pedestrian pathway so it’s pretty easy to shoot there.
Best time to go: You can visit all day long, the view is equally beautiful during the day and the night as well. The sun is rising up behind the Parliament building so if you don’t mind waking up early, sunrise can be a great time for shooting!
Cost: This viewpoint is entirely free to visit.
5. Széchenyi Chain Bridge
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge that was built on the Danube river in Budapest and it’s definitely the most famous bridge ever since. The bridge is 375 metres long and two giant lions guard both of the bridgeheads. Not only the bridge is really beautiful but you can get an amazing view over both the Buda and Pest sides!
Location on Google Maps: Széchenyi Chain Bridge
How to get there: There are no metro stations near the Széchenyi Chain Bridge but several bus and tram lines stop at the bridge. If you take the bus lines 16, 16B or 105 they stop both at the Pest side at “Széchenyi István tér” bus stop and the Buda side at “Clark Ádám tér” bus stop. Alternatively, you can take the tram line 2 and get off at “Eötvös tér” on the Pest side or the tram line 19 or 41 which stops at “Clark Ádám tér” at the Buda side.
Best time to go: You can basically go anytime but since the bridge usually gets crowded during the day it’s better to go early in the morning. If you want to make a similar photo like mine below, you should go very early before the traffic starts and head over to the Buda side.
Cost: Visiting the Széchenyi Chain Bridge is free!
6. Buda Castle
The Buda Castle is one of the most important historical buildings in Hungary and it’s one of the most beautiful castles in Europe as well. It was home for the Hungarian kings for centuries but today it’s no longer functioning as a castle.
The former castle building is now housing two museums: the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Even if you’re not planning to visit the museums it’s worth to take a stroll around the castle because the view is beautiful from up there!
Location on Google Maps: Buda Castle
How to get there: The nearest tram stop is the “Clark Ádám tér” where both line 19 and 41 stops. You can easily walk up to the castle but if you’re feeling lazy you can take the funicular as well. I would recommend walking because it’s only a 10 minute walk and you can find some amazing viewpoints on the road as well (like the first picture below).
Best time to go: You can take a walk around the Buda Castle any time of the day but the museums only open at 10am.
Cost: Taking a stroll around the Buda Castle is free! If you want to visit the museums as well, an adult ticket costs 3,200 HUF (10 USD) to the Hungarian National Gallery and 2,400 HUF (7.5 USD) to the Budapest History Museum.
7. Széchenyi Thermal Bath
With its iconic yellow building the Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the most famous bath in Budapest and it’s also one of the most instagrammable places in Budapest as well. Taking amazing photos while relaxing in a thermal bath? Yes, please!
You can find different kind of pools inside and outside as well. The outside pools are definitely the most photogenic parts of the Széchenyi Baths, there are three of them: one big swimming pool in the middle and two thermal water pool on each side.
I’ve seen many big influencers posting photos to Instagram posing in the middle pool but in reality you can only get into that pool if you’re wearing a swimming cap. There are guards outside who will blow the whistle if they see you and will ask you to leave. So there is no point trying to copy those photos, there are plenty other photo opportunities around. Please respect the rules instead!
Location on Google Maps: Széchenyi Thermal Bath
How to get there: Hop on the M1 metro line and get off at the “Széchenyi fürdő” metro station which is located right next to the Széchenyi Bath.
Best time to go: Having the bath to yourself is practically impossible, it’s usually already full of people in the morning as well. However, it’s worth going there around opening time because the crowds are just gonna get worse during the day!
Cost: Ticket prices are usually between 5,600-6,800 HUF (18-22 USD) and you can buy them online on their website in advance.
8. Gellért Thermal Bath
Although the Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the most popular one in Budapest, it’s worth to try other thermal baths as well. If you’re looking for the best Budapest Instagram spots you need to put Gellért Thermal Bath on your list! The bath was built in a secession style and looks absolutely breathtaking. In my opinion it’s even more beautiful inside than the Széchenyi!
Location on Google Maps: Gellért Thermal Bath
How to get there: The easiest way is to take the M4 metro line and get off at the “Szent Gellért tér” metro station.
Best time to go: Since the Gellért Thermal Bath is the second most popular bath in Budapest after the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, it’s best to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Cost: Ticket prices range between 6,300-7,100 HUF (20-22 USD) per person.
9. Heroes Square
The Heroes Square is the largest and most important square in Budapest. You can find a statue of Archangel Gabriel in the middle surrounded by the statue of the seven chieftains of the Magyar tribes and other important Hungarian national leaders on both sides. The monument was built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000 year old history of Hungary.
Location on Google Maps: Heroes Square
How to get there: Take the M1 metro line and get off at the “Hősök tere” metro station.
Best time to go: If you want an empty square the only way to get it is to wake up early and go there for sunrise! Otherwise the Heroes Square is usually jam-packed during the day and it’s impossible to get a decent shot.
Cost: Visiting the Heroes Square is free!
10. Vajdahunyad Castle
Vajdahunyad Castle is one of the lesser known places in Budapest although it’s totally worth visiting! The castle is located in the City Park, right next to the boating lake (which functions as an ice-skating rink during winter). It’s no longer functioning as a castle, now it’s home to the Hungarian Agricultural Museum.
Location on Google Maps: Vajdahunyad Castle
How to get there: Take the M1 metro line and get off either at the “Hősök tere” metro station or the “Széchenyi fürdő” metro station. The castle is only a few minutes walk from both metro stations.
Best time to go: Since the castle is not so popular amongst tourist you will not find any crowds during the day. The courtyard of the castle is always open but the museum is only open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am – 5pm.
Cost: There is no admission fee to enter the courtyard but if you want to go inside the museum you need to pay 1,600 HUF (4.5 USD) per person.
11. New York Cafe Budapest
The New York Cafe Budapest is undoubtedly the most beautiful cafes in Budapest. It’s fairly popular amongst tourists as well but for a good reason! I was absolutely in awe when I first stepped inside, the whole place looks like a royal fairytale castle. It’s truly one of the most instagrammable places in Budapest! There is a hotel in the same building and if you’re already there it’s worth to take a stroll around the hotel as well because it’s equally beautiful too.
Location on Google Maps: New York Cafe Budapest
How to get there: Take either metro line M2 or tram line 4 or 6 and get off at “Blaha Lujza tér”.
Best time to go: The cafe is open from 8am until 12am so you can basically go anytime during the day. However, if you’re not going there for opening time it’s worth to reserve a table in advance to avoid queuing for hours! Oh and don’t worry, there is no dress code for dining in the cafe. I’m only wearing a gown because it was a planned photoshoot and I wanted to look pretty on the photos!
Cost: Since this is a cafe you will need to eat or drink something from the menu and unfortunately it’s a rather expensive place. You can check the full menu here. Alternatively, you can stay at the hotel and this way you get to eat breakfast there for free (if it’s included in your room type of course).
12. High Note SkyBar
If you’re looking for the best rooftop bars in Budapest you need to put the High Note SkyBar on your list! This rooftop bar it’s located right next to the St. Stephen’s Basilica and you can get a whole panoramic view over Budapest from the top.
Location on Google Maps: High Note SkyBar
How to get there: There are many bus stops around the High Note SkyBar and the closest metro stations are the “Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út” (M1 line) and the “Deák Ferenc tér” (M1, M2 and M3 line). First you need to enter the Aria Hotel and you need to walk through their lobby to reach the elevator that takes you up to the bar. The hotel lobby is really beautiful as well so it’s worth to take a few shots there too!
Best time to go: The bar is open from 12pm until 12am so you can basically go anytime during the day. Since it usually gets crowded it’s worth to reserve a table in advance, especially if you want to shoot around sunset!
Cost: Since this is a bar you will need to eat or drink something from the menu.
13. Budapest Eye & Danubius Fountain
The Budapest Eye works as a really cool backdrop not only from rooftop bars but from the ground as well! You will also find a beautiful fountain called Danubius Fountain right in front of the Budapest Eye so it’s easy to take photos with both at the same time.
Location on Google Maps: Budapest Eye
How to get there: The easiest way it to take the M1, M2 or M3 metro line and get off at the “Deák Ferenc tér” metro station. Since it’s a very central location you will find many bus and tram stops near the Budapest Eye as well.
Best time to go: This is probably the most popular area in Budapest amongst locals and tourists as well so it’s usually very crowded. If you want to have this place to yourself, go early in the morning!
Cost: Taking a stroll around the Budapest Eye is free but if you want to ride the ferris wheel you need to buy a ticket for 3,000 HUF (10 USD) per person.
14. Liberty Bridge
Although the Széchenyi Chain Bridge is the most popular bridge in Budapest it’s worth visiting other bridges too! The Liberty Bridge is also really beautiful and unique with its vibrant green colour. You can make some pretty great photos on the bridge itself but if you’re looking for the best viewpoint over the bridge you need to go up to the entrance of the Gellért Hill Cave.
How to get there: The metro line M4 stops at both side of the bridge, you can either get off at the “Fővám tér” metro station on the Pest side or the “Szent Gellért tér” metro station on the Buda side. If you want to get to the Gellért Hill Cave, you need to walk a few minutes uphills on the Buda side, in the direction of the Citadel.
Best time to go: The Liberty Bridge is usually full of people and cars so it’s best to go early in the morning if you want to shoot without the crowds. However, the viewpoint at the Gellért Hill Cave is not so popular so you can go basically anytime!
Cost: Visiting the Liberty Bridge is totally free.
15. Great Market Hall
The Great Market Hall was built in 1897 and it’s the most beautiful and largest market hall in Budapest. Even if you’re not into shopping it’s worth to stroll around the hall and admire the beautiful architecture! You will find all sorts of shops around and it’s also a perfect place to grab a bite or do some people watching.
Location on Google Maps: Great Market Hall
How to get there: It’s located halfway between the “Kálvin tér” metro station (M3 or M4 line) and the “Fővám tér” metro station (M4 line).
Best time to go: The Great Market Hall opens at 6am so if you want to have it all to yourself, head there early. However, if you want to experience the real market feeling, go in the middle of the day! The market is closed on Sundays.
Cost: Unless you buy something, visiting the Great Market Hall is free.
16. 360 Bar
360 Bar is a really popular rooftop bar located on the Andrássy Avenue. It’s open all year round and although the view is amazing in every season, I love this place the most in the winter, when they set up the igloos on the roof. It looks so unique, right?
Location on Google Maps: 360 Bar
How to get there: The bar is located halfway between the “Opera” and the “Oktogon” metro stations so you can easily use the M1 metro line for getting there. Alternatively, tram line 4 or 6 also stops at “Oktogon” and there is a bus stop nearby for the 105 bus as well.
Best time to go: The 360 bar is open between 2pm-12am every day and since it’s a very popular bar I recommend to reserve a table in advance. I suggest going there 1-2 hours before the sunset so you can see the city during daylight, sunset and night as well!
Cost: Since this is a bar, you will have to order something from the menu when you’re visiting.
17. Vintage Garden
Vintage Garden is one of my favourite breakfast places in Budapest and not only the food is delicious but the decoration is always top notch! They always change the decoration according to the actual seasons and holidays so the restaurant gets an entirely new look in every 2-3 months. I’ve already been there countless times and I’m always totally blown away by the creativity!
Location on Google Maps: Vintage Garden
How to get there: The location is very central so you can easily walk from the city centre. The closest metro stations are the “Deák Ferenc tér” (M1, M2 or M3 line) and the “Astoria” (M2 line).
Best time to go: Anytime! Vintage Garden is open between 9am-12am every day so you can go there for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just for an afternoon coffee. It’s worth reserving a table in advance, just to be sure!
Cost: Since this is a restaurant, you will need to order something from the menu.
18. Paris Court
The Paris Court is located inside the Palace of the Downtown Savings Bank which was built in 1912. The whole building was recently renovated and opened up again in 2019 as a luxury hotel. Right after you step inside, you will find yourself in a beautiful glass-domed passage which now functions as the hotel’s reception area.
There is also a small cafe near the lobby where you can have an afternoon cafe, but it’s not mandatory. You can take a stroll around the passage even if you’re not a guest of the hotel or the cafe!
Location on Google Maps: Paris Court
How to get there: The Paris Court is located at the Ferenciek Square where several bus line stops. You can also use the M3 line and get off at the “Ferenciek tere” metro station.
Best time to go: You can go anytime and have a walk through the passage. It’s worth to mention that altough photography is allowed, the guards don’t really like it if you have a professional camera and they might ask you to get a permission from the PR manager first. However, if you tell them you are not a professional they will let you take a few quick pictures!
Cost: Visiting the Paris Court is free.
19. Intermezzo Roof Terrace
By now you might have noticed that I have a thing for rooftop bars. Luckily Budapest have many really good ones and the Intermezzo Roof Terrace is also one of them! The view is absolutely beautiful from up there as you can have a full panoramic view over Budapest.
You can see the big monuments from above like the Hungarian Parliament, the St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Buda Castle or the Budapest Eye. On a clear day you can even see the Liberty Statue on top of the Citadel!
During winter there is a small ice-rink on the terrace which is really unique. Visiting the Intermezzo Roof Terrace is definitely one of the best things to do in Budapest in winter!
Location on Google Maps: Intermezzo Roof Terrace
How to get there: Hop on the M3 metro line and get off at the “Arany János utca” metro station. You will need to walk only a few minutes and then you will see the Intermezzo Restaurant from the street. Don’t be mistaken, this is not the place you need! In order to get up to the Intermezzo Roof Terrace, you need to go inside Hotel President and take the elevator in there.
Best time to go: Watching the sunset from the roof terrace is a really magical experience so I would suggest going around sunset time!
Cost: Since this is a bar and restaurant, you will need to order something from the menu.
The Citadel is a fortification located on the top of the Gellért Hill and it offers an amazing view over Budapest. Even if you’re spending only a weekend in Budapest it’s worth putting it on your itinerary! I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t done a classic Instagram photoshoot in the Citadel yet but I can show you some pre-Instagram photos so you can have an idea about how it looks like!
Location on Google Maps: Citadel
How to get there: It’s possible to go up there with public transportation – you can take the bus line 27 and get off at the “Búsuló Juhász (Citadella)” stop. Although the bus only runs on the Buda side so first you need to get to “Móricz Zsigmond körtér” with the bus line 7 or tram line 47, 48 or 49 and then change to the bus line 27. Since it’s quite complicated I think it’s just easier to walk up. Although it’s a 15-20 minutes walk which is quite steep so I totally understand if you want to skip that!
Best time to go: Anytime! The Citadel is one of the most popular sunset spot in Budapest and although it’s really one of the best time for shooting, be prepared for the crowds. Sunrise is also a great time and you will most likely have the whole place to yourself.
Cost: Visiting the Citadel is free.
Map of the Most Instagrammable Places in Budapest
I made a custom map for you that contains all the best Budapest Instagram spots. You can easily open it up on your phone if you click on the bracket in the upper right corner! This way you can always check it during the day to ensure you’re not missing out on anything.
Where to Stay in Budapest
At first, Budapest can seem like a big and overwhelming city but in reality, it’s far from it. Sure, it occupies an area of 525 km² (200 square miles) but most of the tourist attractions are located relatively close to each other, which makes Budapest a compact and easily walkable city.
On top of that, the public transportation with 4 different metro lines and countless tram and bus lines is really helpful when getting around in Budapest. But if you choose the location of your accommodation wisely, you might not even have to use public transportation at all!
Budapest is divided to 23 different districts, similar to the arrondissements in Paris. The 5., 6. and 7. districts are considered as the classic city centre, with most of the popular tourist attractions located in the area. So if you want to stay in a walking distance from the best places to visit in Budapest, try to aim for one of these districts!
Below you can find some of the best hotels to stay in the city centre of Budapest, depending on your budget.
LUXURY – Anantara New York Palace Budapest
Anantara New York Palace Budapest occupies an elegant 19th-century building in the heart of Budapest, close to the Opera and Andrássy Boulevard. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms feature luxurious Italian furniture and fabrics like silk wallpaper and Murano chandeliers.
MID-RANGE – Hotel Moments Budapest
Located on the iconic Andrássy Avenue of Budapest, Hotel Moments Budapest offers stylish rooms, wellness facilities and an on-site restaurant. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room comes with a private bathroom and exclusive bathroom amenities.
BUDGET – T62 Hotel
Attractively set in Budapest, T62 Hotel features air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service. At the hotel, rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. T62 Hotel also offers a continental or buffet breakfast.
Budapest is truly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and it’s full of amazing Instagrammable places. The photo opportunities in Budapest are practically endless! Since I’m a local I’m always on a mission to find new photography spots so this list will be constantly updated. Don’t forget to check back later!
I hope you liked this post about the best Budapest Instagram spots and you will be able to take some epic photos while visiting the city! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email, I always love helping you out! Do you know some other great Instagram spots in Budapest? Let me know in the comments!
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