50 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Budapest

Some cities are memorable for their food. Others, their architecture. And then there are some rare cities that you just can’t get out of your head.

Sure, the cuisine is good and the buildings are pretty, but there’s more to it than that. The cities I’m talking about are breathtaking – everywhere you look there’s something to admire, and character and charm ooze from every new corner you explore. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is one of these cities, and even weeks after returning from a weekend break there, it’s still on my mind.

If you’re looking for an affordable and memorable weekend break, I highly recommend that you visit Budapest. But don’t just take my word for it; let these photos do the convincing for me.

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The best views

Fisherman’s Bastion, one of the most popular spots in Budapest to take a photo, is spectacular at any time of the day – but for truly breathtaking views, head there first thing in the morning (read more about why here).

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The churches

While you’re at Fisherman’s Bastion, make sure you check out Matthias Church with its brightly-coloured tiles and dramatic interior.

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The baths

Of course, no visit to Budapest would be complete without bathing in the thermal baths that are dotted around the city.

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The Hero

Near the Szechenyi Spa Baths (where the above photos were taken) you’ll find Hero’s Square and, in winter, an ice skating rink that looks magical against the backdrop of Vajdahunyad Castle.

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The river

The Hungarian Parliament Building is another photogenic sight, right on the Danube River. Look out for the Shoes on the Danube bank sculpture, a moving memorial that’ll stop you in your tracks.

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The history

There’s plenty of history to explore in and around Budapest. The House of Terror and Memento Park are two fascinating places to learn more about Hungary’s past.

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The food and drink

All of this learning will help you work up an appetite, and there’s no shortage of good food in Budapest. Try the Opera House Cafe for goulash and cake, New York Cafe for a coffee and Baltazar for a hearty breakfast.

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The sights

Everywhere you look, there’s something pretty to see in Budapest.

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The hotel

And at the end of the day, when you’re tired and ready to rest your head, I know the perfect place to call home in Budapest.

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Elle Croft

Elle Croft is a London-based travel blogger who is equally happy exploring the city she lives in as venturing to far-flung destinations. She's a firm believer in stylish travel, and will always look for a twist on the traditional. Luckily for her, London offers unusual experiences in abundance. When Elle's not travelling or blogging over at A Bird in the Hand you can usually find her, coffee in one hand and camera in another, strolling the beautiful streets of the city she calls home.

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  1. Love your photos and it definitely inspires me to go to Budapest. It’s such a pity I haven’t been yet as it’s quite close to Germany.

  2. Beautiful photos, ladies – you’ve made me super excited for my trip…just 10 days to go!! Just out of interest, what time did you go to the Szechenyi Spa Baths? I’d love to go when it’s not so busy, and the time you went looks perfect! x

  3. I adore Budapest, and completely agree with everything you’ve written! Unfortunately I’ve only had the chance to go once, but have just written a post about how I’m dying to go back so that’s it, I’m just going to have to go 🙂

  4. Wow! These photos are amazing. The city of so beautiful and I hope I really hope that I get a chance to explore more of Eastern Europe. What else is there to do in the city?

  5. Absolutely stunning! We’re heading to Budapest is a couple of weekend and I can’t wait! I hope to see so many of these beautiful places.

  6. Such amazing photos – it’s way too long since I was in Budapest and it’s high up my list to visit again this year (nearly went last year but Ljubljana won out). If I needed more tempting, this would do it though.

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