Coined as one of the most Instagrammable cities in Europe, Budapest is a photographer’s dream. This photography guide to the most Instagrammable places in Budapest will have you falling in love with this romantic city, the second you step foot in it. Picture, fairytale-like castles, impressive parks and jaw-dropping panoramic views adorning the city. For the complete travel guide and list of the best things to do in Budapest check out my travel guide here. Without any further delay, lets get into the most Instagrammable places in Budapest!
1. Fisherman’s Bastion
Starting off our list of the most Instagrammable places in Budapest is Fisherman’s Bastion and for good reason. This almost 200-year-old monument is the capital’s pride and joy. Located in the Buda Castle in the first district of Budapest, the Fisherman’s Bastion consists of 7 towers overlooking the Danube River and the Pest side of Budapest. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Budapest, which is why coming here early is key. In fact, for those impressive solo photos without tourists in the background come during the sunrise hours before it even opens – you’ll thank me later! From October 16th to March 15th, Fisherman’s Bastion is free to enter while a small fee is imposed on tourists to enter the upper towers during the peak season.
2. Matthias Church
Just in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion you’ll find Matthias Church a Gothic style church that will surely impress. Take a few shots in front of its grand entrance or step back to the Fisherman’s Bastion to take a full-length shot. Either way, Matthias Church is a majestic church that is worth taking a photo of.
3. Buda Castle
Continuing along the Buda side of Budapest on our best photo spots in Budapest is the Buda Castle. Taken right out of an epic historical movie, the Buda Castle seems to go on forever with its astonishing architecture, impressive towers and elegant gardens. Take a stroll down the Buda side to reach the castle to find your perfect Instagram shot. Explore every side of the Buda Castle, for a variety of angles and photos to step up your Instagram feed.
4. Budapest Parliament from across the Danube River
Speaking of impressive buildings of Budapest, the country’s Parliament does not disappoint. Taking a photo of the Budapest Parliament from the Buda side is one of the best Instagram spots in the city. This majestic building stands tall at 96 meters high, just as high as St. Stephen’s Basilica. Take a shot right down the middle of this Gothic-style Parliament to emphasize its perfect symmetry. I highly recommend taking photos here at nighttime to take full advantage of the lit Parliament.
5. Budapest Parliament from the Pest Side
Because one picture of the Parliament is not nearly enough, another top Instagram spot in Budapest is at on the grounds of the Budapest Parliament. Enjoy walking around this majestic building for various perspectives and shots because unfortunately photos are prohibited inside the building.
6. St. Stephen’s Basilica
Continuing the list of the most Instagrammable spots in Budapest is none other than the distinguished St. Stephen’s Basilica located in the city center of the Pest side. The interior of this Roman Catholic basilica is just as impressive as the exterior. Start off by taking a photo of St. Stephen’s Basilica from Zrinyi Street for an impressive shot between the concrete buildings before making your way into the Basilica. Take a few shots of the interior area then head up to the lookout point on the roof for some breathtaking panoramic photos.
7. Heroes’ Square
Heroes’ Square, one of the biggest squares in Budapest, is a perfect photo spot to spice up your Instagram feed. It’s iconic statue complex of the Seven chieftains of the Magyars and other important Hungarian national leaders are like no other. Take a few shots here before making your way into City Park for a nice stroll.
8. Vajdahunyad Castle
A list of the most Instagrammable places in Budapest wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the hidden castle within City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle. Originally built to celebrate the 1,000 years of freedom since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 895, the Vajdahunyad Castle is now one of the most striking buildings in the city. The distinctly different architectural styles including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque all harmoniously blend together. Take out your camera, as this is a photo spot in Budapest you won’t want to miss!
9. Széchenyi Baths
A trip to Budapest wouldn’t be complete without a dip in the Széchenyi Baths, which happens to be another great photo opportunity. The best time of the day for pictures at the thermal baths are either very early in the morning before the crowds start rolling in or late at night right before closing time for a starry sky backdrop.
10. Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library
This next Instagram spot in Budapest is for all those book lovers out there. Indeed, the once palace now turned public library – the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library – is a book worm’s heaven! The library’s main branch is housed in the overly lavish, 19thcentury neo-baroque Wenckheim Palace. You’ll need to buy a day pass to enter the Library (1000 HUF (3€/$3.3) but it will be worth every penny. Take your Instagram feed to the next level with some neo-baroque Palace vibes from this lavish library!
11. Budapest University Library
While we’re on the topic of impressive libraries, the Budapest University Library is a must as well! Not only is it worth taking a photograph of but also it is worth visiting just to appreciate its grand beauty.
12. New York Café
New York Café is definitely one of the most Instagrammable Places in Budapest due to its classy and elegant interior. The lines are usually almost always long so whether you want to pop in for a quick photograph or would like to sit down for coffee, it’s best to come here early or book a table in advance. For more on New York Cafe check out this blog post on 7 cafes that you must visit in Budapest.
13. Szimpla Kert
This eccentric, around the clock pub is like entering into Alice and Wonderland. Every corner of this idiosyncratic and eccentric bar seems out of place yet at the same time fits perfectly well with the whole philosophy of Szimpla Kert. Ideally you should swing by during the day where you can order a cup of coffee and take photos without anyone in your photos or come during the early night before it gets too crowded to capture the true atmosphere of Szimpla Kert.
14. Little Princess Statue
Scatter around the city are endearing little statues, however the Little Princess Statue sitting along the railings of the Danube promenade will definitely steal your hearts. The artist was inspired by his daughter who would often wear a princess costume and a crown made out of newspaper. A quick stop along the Danube River for a shot of the Little Princess with the Buda Castle in the background is worth your while.
15. Gellert Hill
Last but certainly not least on our most Instagrammable Places in Budapest is Gellert Hill. The skyline of Budapest from the top of Gellert Hill will without a doubt enhance your Instagram game. Take jaw-dropping shots of the city – both the Buda side and the Pest side for a complete picture of the country’s capital. The best time of day to take pictures from Gellert Hill is during twilight hours where the city’s lights start turning on creating a magical scenery.