8 places to get the best views of Budapest

Walking down the Hungarian capital’s tree-lined avenues and admiring its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture is a great way to stroll the city. But if there’s one thing you can’t miss out on in Budapest it’s the views.

Budapest is one of those cities that is beautiful from above: it’s unique roof tiles, stunning architecture, boats navigating the Danube, and the many bridges are best admired from panoramic view points. And if you’re searching for the best views of Budapest, you’re in the right place! Here are my favorite locations to admire the breathtaking Hungarian capital.

Varkert Bazaar

While Varkert Bazaar is mostly known as one of the city’s most prestigious event venues, it also has something else to offer: a fantastic view of Budapest.

where to get the best views of budapestSituated in Buda, between the Chain Bridge and the Elizabeth Bridge, you’ll find a picture-perfect terrace that just so happens to be the garden of the Castle of Buda. Climb up the stairs and take in the jaw-dropping views of the Parliament building, the Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge and the Danube. And if you’re here at sunset, soak into the city’s pink-tinted sky and wait till the evening lights illuminate the city.

Gellert Hill

You’ve passed Gellert Hill many times, probably when you were walking toward Liberty bridge. It’s that beautiful monument hidden in the gardens that you’re always pointing at.

where to get the best views of budapestAnd don’t just point at it, get yourself there as the view is totally worth the flight of stairs! Gellert Hill, named after Saint Gerard – a bishop who was thrown from the hill in the 11th century – offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Budapest.

where to get the best views of budapestFrom here you can admire the Castle of Buda, Liberty Bridge, the parliament and so much more. And the view of Pest is certainly fantastic.

Margaret Bridge

Margaret bridge is the second oldest public bridge in Budapest and is definitely one of the most stunning. Connecting Buda to Pest as well as linking Margaret Island on the banks of the Danube, Margaret Bridge is just a 10-minute walk from the Hungarian Parliament building and it’s totally worth the walk.

where to get the best views of budapestThe view from this bridge is one of my favorites. Since it’s a three-way bridge you can get different angles of the same view. Even when I’m in a car, my head can’t stop turning to admire the Parliament, the castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Chain Bridge. The view from here is spectacular. And if you want to get away from the city and stroll in a beautiful park, head to Margaret Island!

Castle of Buda

With its Baroque architecture and stunning terrace overlooking Pest and the Danube, the Castle of Buda is a great place to take in the city’s panoramic views.

where to get the best views of budapestPlus, if the Hungarian Kings resided here, there must be something worth all the fuss! The Castle offers great views and a wonderful atmosphere, and if you walk down Castle Hill, you’ll get some stunning angles of the city!

Fisherman’s Bastion

The Fisherman’s Bastion is probably the most famous panoramic viewpoint of the city, and for good reason too. Situated in the Castle District – where you’ll feel like you’ve been catapulted in a fairy tale land – the Fisherman’s Bastion is characterised by 7 turrets to represent the 7 Hungarian tribes who founded the present day country.

where to get the best views of budapestIt offers fabulous panoramic views of Pest and the Danube, and it’s THE place to get stunning pictures. Just keep in mind that this place is full of tourists from March – October, which kind of ruins the whole experience. If you want to get the best views of Budapest from the Fisherman’s Bastion, come early in the morning – at sunrise – to get a spectacular lighting (and to have the whole place to yourself).  Or come by after dinner, for a magical view of Budapest illuminated.

St. Stephen’s Basilica

Apart from being the country’s Patron and the first King of Hungary, St. Stephen is also a splendid basilica in Budapest’s 5th district.

where to get the best views of budapestIt happens to be the tallest building in the city along with the Hungarian Parliament Building (96 meters), symbolizing the balance between Church and State. In addition to the stunning architecture and the beauty of the basilica itself, there’s a long line of people waiting to visit something else: the panoramic Basilica Dome. And who can blame them? The 360-degree view from the Basilica is mesmerizing.

Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge is one of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks. Inaugurated in 1849, and named after the iron chains on which the road-beds hang, the Chain Bridge was Hungary’s first permanent bridge connecting Buda to Pest.

where to get the best views of budapestIt is absolutely one of Budapest’s most remarkable bridges. Not only is the Chain bridge the symbol of Budapest,  it also offers breathtaking views of the Hungarian Parliament building, the Danube, the Castle of Buda and the luxurious Gresham Palace.

where to get the best views of budapestI still don’t know if it’s more beautiful at night or during the day.

Boat ride on the Danube

While navigating along the banks of the  Danube may seem like something very touristy – and in fact it is – it’s also one of the best ways to take in the beauty of the city. Booking a boat ride on the Danube will allow you to see all of Budapest’s monuments from the river.

where to get the best views of budapestThe feeling that you get as you slowly approach the Parliament building is indescribable. Not to mention the angles that you get as you navigate under the bridges and hear everything about the history of Budapest’s monuments. Truly delightful. Just a quick tip: I wouldn’t go to the lunch or dinner boat rides, just in the afternoon or after dinner.

What are your favorite views of Budapest?

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