The Most Instagrammable Spots in Budapest

The Szimpla Kert one of the oldest and most famous Ruin-pubs in Budapest, Hungary
The "Szimpla Kert" one of the oldest and most famous "Ruin-pubs" in Budapest, Hungary | © Hercules Milas / Alamy Stock Photo
Alex Mackintosh

Fairy tale architecture, sweeping city views, old world charm, unique and eclectic cafés and bars…there’s a lot which makes Budapest an Instagrammer’s dream city. So much in fact, that it can be hard to pick the most Insta-worthy spots to photograph. Here’s a look at some of the most beautiful places in the Hungarian capital to feature on your feed.

Hungarian Parliament Building

Architectural Landmark, Building

A classic tram in front of the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary
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Whether up close and personal or viewed from afar, the Gothic Revival architecture of Hungary’s Parliament building makes for an atmospheric photo op.

Szimpla Kert Ruin Pub

Bar, Pub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails

By night one of Budapest’s most popular ruin pubs, by day Szimpla Kert is awash with natural light, making for the perfect place to snap a photo or two. Quirky decorations mean there’s always something unique and unusual to photograph.

Széchenyi Thermal Baths

Spa, Swimming Pool, Health Spa

Take a dip in Budapest’s world-renowned Széchenyi Baths
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Often nicknamed the City of Spas, Budapest isn’t short on thermal baths. The yellow brick walls, blue waters and partially outdoor location of the Széchenyi Thermal Baths make them the perfect choice for adding colour to your Instagram feed.


Cafe, Restaurant

For picture perfect food, look no further than this small café in central Budapest serving up a healthy, good looking all day brunch menu. Nothing says Instagram like avocado toast, while their sister coffee shop across the courtyard offers picture perfect latté art to complete the shot.

Szimply, Röser udvar, Károly krt. 22, Budapest, Hungary

The Fisherman's Bastion

Historical Landmark, Building

The historic Fisherman?s Bastion in Budapest, Hungary.
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The neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style of this viewing terrace with seven towers on the Buda side of the city lend it a magical air. Walkways, arches and views over Pest all add to its incredibly photogenic quality.

New York Café


A meeting point for famous writers and intellectuals during the 19th and 20th centuries, today the New York Café remains a Budapest institution. The ornate decorations, abundance of marble and beautiful food make it worthy of any Instagram feed.

New York Café, Erzsébet krt. 9-11, Budapest, Hungary +36 1-8866-167

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Architectural Landmark, Bridge

Opened in 1849, Budapest’s Chain Bridge connects Buda and Pest by foot and by car. Its cast iron features, stone lion sculptures and vantage point over the Danube all contribute to its popularity among photographers and Instagrammers hoping to capture one of the city’s most iconic monuments.

St Stephen's Basilica

Church, Architectural Landmark

Europe, Hungary, Budapest, St. Stephens Basilica, interior.
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While St Stephen’s Basilica is undoubtedly beautiful when viewed from below, it’s the view from up high which earns it a place on this list. Take the lift to the dome’s observation deck for sweeping views over Budapest, punctuated by the two bell towers.

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