Budapest is the largest city in Hungary and one of my favorite cities to photograph. The city is bisected by the Danube River, that divides the hilly Buda district to the flat Pest side. It is noted for its architecture, including numerous art nouveau buildings lining the Danube and boulevards, old fashioned cafes and elegant bath houses. It is one of the few cities in Europe that I decided to revisit, since it is so unique and expansive that I was not able to cover everything on my first trip. Here is a guide to capturing the top photo-worthy places in this city.
Budapest City Tour and Vlog:
Top 15 Places to Photograph:
1. Keleti Rail Way 0:35 - A vintage and eclectic railway station and great spot for people watching.
2. Heroe's Square 0:58 - The largest square in Budapest.
3. Széchényi Baths - 1:13 - Budapest has more thermal springs than any other capital city in the world.
4. Synagogue - 1:38 - Budapest is home to the second largest synagogue in the world and the largest synagogue in Europe. The Dohány Street Synagogue can accommodate 3,000 worshipers. The synagogue was built between 1854 and 1859 in Neo-Moorish style.
5. Castle Hill - 1:45 - The funicular runs up to Buda's Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from the Roman times onward. Buda Castle was first completed in 1265 and served as the palace complex of the Hungarian kings. Most visitors enter Buda Castle from Siklo funicular, but due to the long wait times, we walked to the top to get the panoramic views.
6. St. Matthias Cathedral - 2:25 - Trinity Square is home to the 13th Century St. Matthias Cathedral and Fishermen's Bastion, which offer panoramic views of the city. St. Matthias Church and the Fishermen's Bastion are among the most beloved sights in Budapest and the best places to photograph. Be sure to get there early to beat the crowds.
7. Fishermen's Bastion 2:44 - On the top of the old fortress walls, the Fishermen’s bastion was constructed between 1895-1902. It is named after the fishermen’s guild because according to customs in the middle ages this guild was in charge of defending this part of the castle wall. As a matter of fact it has never had a defending function. Done in neo-gothic style, the seven towers symbolize the seven chieftains, who conquered the land for the Hungarians. The Fishermen’s bastion greatly contributes to the cityscape and offers a breathtaking panorama on the Pest side.
8. Chain Bridge 3:30 - The iconic bridge spanning the Danube, connecting the Pest side to the Buda side.
9. Hungarian Parliament Building 4:00 - Budapest is home to the third largest Parliament building in the world, with a scene-stealing gothic architecture. At 4pm is the changing of the guards. Pre-book a guided tour to see the grand interior, including the main staircase, dome hall, and Hungarian coronation jewels.
10. Café Gerbeaud 5:00 - Traditional and elegant coffeehouse
11. Vaci Street 5:30 - Main pedestrian walkway filled with exquisite architecture.
12. Danube River 6:08 - You can get fabulous views from the banks of the river south of Elisabeth Bridge.
13. Streetcar Route #2 6:46 - A vintage yellow trolley car that runs along the Danube.
14. Danube Boat Cruise- This is the best way to see most of the city's iconic buildings, especially if you have limited time. The cruise at sunset is magical when the buildings and bridges light up at night, including the Elisabeth Bridge 7:53 and... the
15. Gellért Thermal Baths 8:05 - The thermal baths that served as inspiration for the Grand Budapest Hotel movie.
What are your favorite places to photograph in Budapest? Respond in the comment section!
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