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.
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.
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.
A little outside of central Budapest, this lookout tower at the top of János Hill is popular with locals. Set in the hills of Buda, visitors can either hike or take a chair lift to the peak. From here, it’s a short walk to the Elizabeth Lookout Tower, with Budapest stretching out into the distance. At 526 m (1725 ft) tall, János Hill is the highest point in Budapest making this the place for panoramic views of the city.
After undergoing renovations, the bell tower of Matthias Church in Buda opened to the public in 2015. Visitors can climb the 197 stairs to the 46 metre (159 ft) high balcony in the tower to enjoy views over the Fisherman’s Bastion and across the Danube towards Pest.
Rozsadomb, in Budapest’s 2nd District, is a quiet, wealthy residential area located in the hills of Buda. In this peaceful neighbourhood stands one of the city’s lesser know viewpoints which offers views over the Danube, the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Chain Bridge. It’s a little out of the centre, but worth the trip for the fact that you’ll probably be the only ones there.
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.