Where to go for Panoramic Views of Budapest

View from top of St Stephen Basillica
View from top of St Stephen Basillica | © Chad Goddard/Flickr
Alex Mackintosh

With so many architecturally stunning buildings forming part of its skyline, Budapest is best viewed from above. Fortunately, the city offers plenty of opportunity to do just that. From popular viewing points to secret spots, we run through the best places to enjoy panoramic views over Budapest.

Gellért Hill and the Citadel

The 235 m high Gellért Hill is the location of the Citadel – a fortress built in 1854 – and a great place to enjoy stunning views over Budapest. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the hill is named after St Gerard who is said to have thrown himself to his death from the hill.

Gellért Hill, Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Citadel

1. St Stephen's Basilica


St Stephens Basilica
© Photo Fabs / Flickr cc
Visitors flock to Budapest’s iconic basilica to marvel at its stunning exterior and marble rich interior. What many miss is the fact that for a small fee, you can take the stairs (or elevator) up to the top of its central dome. For 360 degree views over Budapest, this is the place to go.

2. Bar

Bar, Cocktails

Located atop one of the tallest buildings on the historic Andrassy Avenue, this rooftop bar prides itself on its 360 degree views over Budapest. Open throughout summer, it’s a great place to watch the sunset with a drink in hand.

3. Fisherman's Bastion

Historical Landmark, Building

With its location on top of Castle Hill, this viewing terrace affords great views over the Danube. At ground level, the Hungarian Parliament Building appears beautifully framed by stone arches or, for a truly panoramic view of the city, the lookout towers and balconies offer the perfect vantage point.

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