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If you’re looking for Instagram spots around Budapest, you’ve come to the right place. After five weeks in the city, I’ve discovered some of the most photogenic places both inside and out of the city.
This guide (and convenient map of all the locations) will take you to:
- Parliament Building View Point
- St. Stephen’s Basilica
- Chain Bridge
- Fisherman’s Bastion
- City Park
- Park on Palota Utca
- Margaret Island
- Hiking in Zebegeny
- Janos Hill Chairlift
- Great Market Hall
- Ervin Szabo Library
- New York Palace Cafe
- Cat Cafe Budapest
- Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter
- Sugar! Design and Confectionary
Whether you want architecture, cityscapes, nature, stunning interiors or all of the above, this list has ya covered. Keep reading to discover the 16 best Instagram spots around Budapest!
Where to Take City Photos Around Budapest
Architecture and cityscapes dominate this category. Here are seven places I was able to take gorgeous photos of the buildings in the city and my tips so you can do it too.
1. Parliament Building
Head to the Buda side of the river while the sun is setting so you can take a variety of shots as the light changes.
My personal favorite photo was taken at night after the lights came on.
Can you believe this photo was taken with an iPhone? The Parliament Building is just that magical.
2. St. Stephen’s Basilica
The best way to capture the Basilica is from a distance on Zrinyi street. For a picture without the crowds, go early in the morning. This shot was taken around 7:30 am on a weekday.
3. The Chain Bridge
My tip for a good picture of the chain bridge is to just be patient. The bridge is crowded but the view is great, so it’s a nice place to hang out for a while and wait for that perfect shot.
4. The Fisherman’s Bastion
This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Budapest, so it’ll be tough to get a good picture among the crowds.
I suggest either going at sunrise to snap one before the rest of the world is awake, or (if you’re lazy like me and like to sleep) capturing it from afar instead.
If you can’t make it early, though, this is still a great place to take a picture of the Parliament building and Danube River from above.
5. The View from St. Stephen’s Basilica
The dome on top of St. Stephen’s Basilica is open from April through the end of October and costs 600 huf / 2 usd to climb to the top.
Just like almost everywhere else on this list, the best time to go is at sunset. Admire the 360 degree view while you get pictures of the towers, the Budapest Eye, the Parliament building and more.
6. City Park
The Vajdahunyad Castle is a little overlooked among the more famous buildings in Budapest, but it really shouldn’t be skipped.
The famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths are located in the City Park too, so chances are good that you’ll spend some time there. When you go, make sure you don’t miss the castle either!
7. Park on Palota Utca
This little park on the Buda side is easy to stop by when you’re walking to nearby tourist destinations like Fisherman’s Bastion or the Castle. In any season, the trees will make a nice frame for a city shot, so it’ll be just a little more unique than the rest!
Where to Take Nature Photos Around Budapest
One thing I love about this city is that there is a lot of natural beauty nearby for Instagram pics as well. When you want to escape the city and still get a gorgeous shot for the ‘gram, head to these three places.
8. Margaret Island
You can explore the island on foot or rent a bike at then entrance to the park. Whichever you choose, make sure to stop by the Japanese Garden to see the most photogenic area of Margaret Island.
9. Hiking in Nagymaros or Zebegeny
Taking a day trip to hike to Remete Cave is easy with this step by step guide. There are tons of trails and these small towns are only an hour away from Budapest by train. In any season, hiking here will yield plenty of beautiful nature pics for your account.
10. Janos Hill Chairlift and Elizabeth Lookout Tower
The Janos Hill Chairlift leads to Elizabeth Tower so you can combine them for a two-for-one Instagram special. The 15 minute chairlift ride over the trees is peaceful and takes you to one of the best Instagram spots around Budapest.
The Elizabeth Lookout Tower boasts 360 degree views over rolling hills and there are plenty of hiking trails through this massive park to spend all day exploring. It’s a perfect cheap outing from Budapest and you can learn exactly how I did it here.
Beautiful Interiors In Budapest
If it’s raining or freezing or just a crappy, gray day outside, don’t worry.
These three indoor Instagram spots around Budapest showcase some of those Wes Anderson-esque interiors we were all expecting after watching the Grand Budapest Hotel on our flight over.
11. Great Market Hall
This market is crowded and overpriced and nothing special.
The only reason I recommend visiting is for a photo, not the food or souvenirs. In this case, though, the people actually add to the atmosphere. Take your picture from the center of the balcony on the second floor for the best view.
12. Metropolitan Ervin Szabo Library
You can pay 800 huf / 3 usd to enter once to take pictures of the ornate East Wing, or you can get a year-long pass for only 200 huf! Just remember to bring an ID and then you can spend the day working in this beautiful place while also getting some gorgeous shots for the ‘gram. Perfect.
13. New York Cafe
The New York Cafe is insanely popular so make sure you make a reservation or go at super off-peak hours if you want to get a table. The food is expensive and the beer and coffee are too.
Instead, Daniel and I split a massive ice cream sundae with four scoops for 9 euros, which was definitely the best deal on the menu. If you got money to blow, the breakfast buffet looked pretty good for 25 euros, or you can get high tea for two for 60 euros.
More Instagram Spots Around Budapest
The last three Instagram spots around Budapest are also some of my favorite.
I love animals and regularly say the worst part about long-term travel is our inability to own one. So, I seek them out when I can instead. In Budapest, there are a few places to get your daily dose of cuteness.
14. Cat Cafe Budapest
The Cat Cafe in Budapest is open daily and definitely worth a stop for a coffee break. It’s clean and I could tell that the workers there really care about the cats who call it home. They weren’t too playful when we were there, but still super cute.
15. Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter
Visitors in Budapest can volunteer at the Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter every Saturday at 10 am.
Daniel and I went on public transport (it takes about an hour) and walked the dogs on their huge piece of land. The workers are really nice and the dogs are in desperate need of love!
There’s over 1,000 residents here including chickens, pigs, goats, a llama and I’m pretty sure I even saw a deer… give back while getting some adorable pics, this one is a win-win.
16. Sugar! Design Confectionary and Candy Store
They had sooo many drool-worthy desserts and my favorite was this slice of rainbow cake I ate immediately after snapping this pic.
Bonus: Where to Stay in Budapest
After spending five weeks in the city I compared Buda vs. Pest and staying on the Pest side definitely comes out ahead.
In Pest, the two most popular places to stay are in the touristy District 5 near St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Parliament building and in the hip Jewish Quarter (District 7) near the famous ‘ruin bars.’
These two areas are about 20 minutes wakling from eachother so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose because Budapest is an exceptionally easy city to explore on foot.
For a more budget-friendly stay, you can also consider the Pal’s Hostel and Apartments with a double room and private bathroom for only $35 per night and the Feel Different Apartment, which sleeps six for only $23 per night.
For solo travelers, the Essential Hostel has dorm beds for only $7 per night as well.
For a more budget-friendly stay, you can also consider the West End Minihotel for $21 per night or Peter’s Astoria Hotel for $29 per night. For solo travelers, the Hive Party Hostel has dorm beds for $10 per night as well.
The Complete Guide to Instagram Spots Around Budapest
This list of the 16 best Instagram spots around Budapest will help you take some stunning pictures of the city.
With interiors, architecture, nature, food, animals, and everything in between, this list has something for everyone.
This article is part of the Bustling Budapest series. Read the rest below:
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