Instagrammable Budapest – 17 Budapest Photography Spots

4 Day Budapest Itinerary - gellert hill view point

Budapest is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Boasting awe-inspiring architecture and romantic viewpoints, as well as hip urban enclaves, the opportunities for Budapest photography, are endless. To help inspire your creativity, we have put together this list of 10 of the best photography and Instagram spots in Budapest. With the help of this guide, you can spend less time searching and more time enjoying the city.

When it comes to European city breaks, the same few tend to come up time and time again. Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona, the list goes on. Of course, each of these cities is wonderful and unique in their own right; however, there are so many other European cities that are worth exploring. And one that should be at the top of your bucket list is Budapest.

So here we have it, the 17 Best Instagrammable Spots for Budapest. We also include photography tips, map links, where to stay in Budapest and top tips for exploring the city.

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Instagrammable Budapest – The Best Budapest Photography Spots

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Budapest Citadella and Gellert Hill
Sunset at Citadella and Gellert Hill Budapest

17 Instagrammable Spots for Budapest Photography

1. The Fisherman’s Bastion

The Fishermans Bastion is possibly the most popular thing to do in Budapest. And certainly one of the most photographed landmarks in the city, so it makes sense to kick off our Budapest photography spots here. With its fairy tale towers and panoramic views, it’s easy to see why it’s a dream for photographers. The jaw-dropping fortress resembles the Walt Disney logo, only more enchanting.

I’d gladly say the Fishermans Bastion is our favourite spot in the city. We loved it so much we visited twice over our four days in Budapest. A grand white-stone staircase leads visitors up to the fortification, where several viewpoints and archways make for incredible photo opportunities. Below we list some of our favourites.

Best Time to Shoot

The best time to visit for clear shots is early in the morning around sunrise. You’ll avoid the crowds, and get that magical golden hour glow. It was oddly foggy the morning we visited which clouded any sunrise view; however, we ended up loving the mysterious mood the fog created. It’s impossible to snap a bad photo of this place, regardless of the conditions.

Entrance Fee: Free

Location on Google Maps

4 Day Budapest Itinerary - fisherman bastion
4 Day Budapest Itinerary – Fisherman Bastion

2. Staircase at Fishermans Bastion

One of our favourite angles at the Fishermans Bastion is on the staircase leading up to the fortress. With the ornate bastions, towering spire, and iron lamp posts in the background, it creates a beautiful scene.

3. Lookout Point at Fishermans Bastion

To capture this angle, we walked behind the small cafe located to the right of the previous staircase. The lookout point allows sweeping views of the city, but we loved this backdrop with the tower and a glimpse of Matthias Church. We took this shot just before sunset.

4. Balcony Viewpoint at Fishermans Bastion

To capture this angle, we walked behind the small cafe located to the right We love this magical photo our friends @twoticketstoanywhere created at Fishermans Bastion. As you can see, on a clear morning, you’ll get entirely different sunrise conditions from when we went. See how the weather can change the mood of a photo completely?

5. Arches at the Fishermans Bastion

The iconic arches at Fishermans Bastion are one of the most Instagrammed spots in Budapest. With that perfect framing of the parliament building, it’s not too difficult to see why. We couldn’t have created anything this beautiful due to the fog, but our friends @twoticketstoanywhere pulled it out the bag once again.

6. Matthius Church

In front of the Fishermans Bastion lay another architectural gem in Budapest – the equally beautiful and Instagram-worthy Matthias Church.

Historically, the roman catholic church has served as a coronation church to Hungarian Kings. Today its impressive facade is one of the most photographed spots in the city.

There are several vantage points around the fortress where you can snap a nice photo of the church. You’ll find the angle pictured below, at the lookout point behind the small cafe I mentioned earlier.

7. Bridges in Budapest

Eight bridges span the Danube River linking Buda and Pest. Not only are they a vital part of the cities transport infrastructure, but most are popular tourist attractions as well.

When it comes to Budapest photography, everybody wants to shoot at the cities collection of iconic bridges. Each bridge has a totally unique character and style, inspiring a different vibe to your photo. But one thing they have in common is they are all worthy of a spot on your Instagram feed.

4 Day Budapest Itinerary
4 Day Budapest Itinerary

8. The Chain Bridge

The chain bridge is an iconic and striking landmark connecting Buda and The Chain Bridge is an iconic and striking landmark connecting Buda and Pest. It was a foggy day when we created these photos, and we love the mysterious mood looming over the bridge. This spot is also beautiful at night when the Chain Bridge completely lights up.

  • Best time to shoot – To snap some shots before the crowds arrive, we recommend arriving before 9am.
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Location on Google Maps

9. Liberty Bridge

We loved getting creative and putting our spin on these famous Instagram spots in Budapest. Our favourite content is probably this moving gif we created on Liberty Bridge. By using a long exposure and keeping very, very still, we were able to capture the tram in motion while keeping us in focus. We created the GIF using 3 still photos and Photoshop.

  • Best time to shoot – Not as busy as Chain bridge, arrive after lunch hour and make it to Gellert Hill for sunset.
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Location on Google Maps

10. Margaret Bridge

Finally, on our list of instagrammable bridges, we have Margaret Bridge. This bridge connects Buda with Margaret Island – the most popular park area in Budapest. If you’re going to shoot here, I recommend going around sunset. You get a cracking view over the river, with the Parliament building on one side and the castle complex on the other.

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We love Budapest

11. Gellért Hill

When it comes to viewpoint photography in Budapest, you don’t want to miss Gellert Hill. It’s the highest point in the city, giving unrivalled views of the cityscape below. You will see all the cities iconic landmarks including the Danube, the Liberty Bridge, the Chain Bridge, the Parliament Building and the Budapest eye.

We strategically planned our visit so that we would get to the top shortly before sunset. This way we could watch the sunset and experience the city lights by night at the same time. Watching the view transform from cotton candy skies to a sea of twinkling lights was a highlight of our time in Budapest.

To summit the hill involves a moderate 20-30 minute hike. It’s certainly a workout, though nothing too challenging. Thankfully there’s a cafe at the top that cold beer or water which we were grateful for after the climb. But if you don’t fancy the exercise, you can take the bus instead.

  • Best time to shoot – Before sunset to experience daytime and nighttime views.
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Location on Google Maps

12. Thermal Baths

Budapest’s thermal baths have formed a part of the local culture for centuries, and to visit the city without experiencing one is quite honestly, scandalous. Not only that, but the heritage design and decor of the thermal baths make them some of the most photogenic spots in the city.  

The history behind the thermal baths and bathing culture stems back to Roman times. They discovered that the waters from localised thermal springs were rich in dissolved minerals and proved to be beneficial for relaxation and medicinal purposes.

Szechenyi Thermal Bath is the most popular Instagram spot. After all, it’s one of the largest bath complexes in Europe boasting 21 pools. But personally, we preferred Gellert Spa, with ith its roman style columns and mosaiced walls.

  • Best time to shoot – We recommend getting there early on a weekday, they open from 6am.
  • Entrance Fee: 6300 HUF weekday 6600 HUF weekend – prices include locker
  • Location on Google Maps

13. Budapest Ruin Bars

If you’re looking for fun and quirky photography spots in Budapest, you needn’t look any further than the infamous ruin bars. A far cry from the fairy-tale castles and romantic viewpoints you’ll find in the rest of the city, but make for an epic photo all the same.

So what are ruin bars? Budapest’s ruin bars are pretty much what they say on the tin – Quirky, creative, and artsy bars set within the ruins of abandoned buildings. There’s nothing at all fancy about drinking at these bars. They’re rough and ready, but manage to pull it off with their eccentric hipster vibe.

The most famous ruin bar and arguably the most instagrammable is Szimpla Kert. A twisted wonderland of mismatched furniture and psychedelic decor. Come during the day to snap some creative photos, and again at night for a wild party atmosphere.

  • Best time to shoot – The morning, this place gets busy from lunchtime onwards.
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Location on Google Maps

14. Hungarian Parliament Building

The Hungarian Parliament Building is easily one of the most impressive structures in Budapest. Sat gracefully upon the Danube river, the first thing we noticed was its sheer size and magnificence. It has been the largest building in Hungary since its completion in 1902.

To get a shot with the whole building (as seen below), you must make your way across the river to the Buda side near “Batthyany ter” Metro Station. The best time to shoot is just before sunset when the sun casts a golden glow on the white facade.

  • Best time to shoot – Not very busy, take your preference. Personally we loved it during the golden hour.
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Location on Google Maps

15. Vajdahuyad Castle

Next up, we have one of the most underrated Instagram spots in Budapest. Again, Vajdanhuyad Castle looks like a scene straight out of a fairy tale. Only, unlike the Fishermans Bastion, you can imagine this one belonging to the villain of the story.

The amalgamation of Gothic-Renaissance and Baroque architecture creates a mysterious and almost eerie scene. Ironically, legend has it that this Budapest hidden gem once imprisoned Count Dracula.

Despite its spooky history, the castle conjures up all the romantic vibes. On the two occasions we visited, there were several wedding photoshoots taking place. We took the photo below around the back of the castle, within the City Park.

Budapest Vajdahunyad castle
Budapest Vajdahunyad castle

16. Night Photography in Budapest

If you enjoy night photography, you will be in your element in Budapest. The city is just as beautiful at night as it is during the day, with all the significant landmarks illuminating in bright lights. The best part about shooting at night is that you don’t have to worry too much about crowds. If you’re a beginner, it’s worth checking out this article for tips on photographing at night.

4 Day Budapest Itinerary - Budapest Parliament building

17. Street Photography in Budapest

While Budapest might not be as popular as the likes of Berlin for street photography, you can certainly capture some dynamic shots if you’re in the right place at the right time. For the best street photography, I suggest heading to the uber-cool Jewish district, where there’s quirky cafes, street art, and urban edge aplenty. Otherwise, the tramlines always make for some edgy street shots. Just be sure to check out some of the best travel photography tips & take note of our responsible photography section below, and you’re good to go.

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Street Photography in Budapest

Responsible Photography in Budapest

Often when you travel, you see things that completely blow your mind, It’s natural to want to take photos. However, please keep in mind the following basic rules of street photography:

  • Respect historical and memorial sights
  • Don’t climb on sacred buildings or structures
  • Take care of your safety at all times
  • Do it for the ‘gram does not apply if it seems unsafe in any way
  • Be friendly – A smile goes a long way
  • Respect the privacy of your subjects
  • If somebody is irritated by the camera, put it away.
  • If you’re asked to delete an image, do so.
  • Check out our guide on responsible travel

If you have any questions about how we took these shots, feel free to ask in the comments below. You can check out our photography gear here.

Where to Stay in Instagrammable Budapest

Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of accommodation options in Budapest. You can click the link below to search for hundreds of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in the area. I’ll outline a few other good options below suitable for all budgets, including the hostel where we stayed.

Check the latest rates and availability for Budapest accommodation here.

Best Hostel in Budapest: Avenue Hostel

During our stay in Budapest, we stayed at the Avenue Hostel. Honestly, it’s probably one of the best hostels we’ve ever stayed in. Not only centrally located but incredibly friendly staff and comfortable rooms. The vibe is super laidback at the hostel itself. But if you wanted to party there are tons of events organised by the team, such as bar crawls and boat parties. And the best thing about this hostel – the inclusive breakfast buffet!

Check rates and availability for Avenue Hostel here.

Best Budget Hotel in Budapest: East Private Rooms

If you’re travelling on a budget in Europe, it can be hard to find affordable private rooms. East Private Rooms is one of the best budget hotels I could find, and you only have to click the link to read hundreds of positive reviews from guests. The rooms are basic as expected, but they are clean, spacious, and equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The hotel is also in a great location, so you won’t have to travel far to see all the sights. 

Check rates and availability for East Private Rooms here.

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Budapest: Bohem Art Hotel

Located just minutes away from the Danube riverbanks, this bohemian style hotel is one of the trendiest spots in the city. Each room features the eclectic artwork of local Hungarian artists while combining all the modern features of a hip hotel. I even read that they serve wine with the American style breakfast buffet, so if that doesn’t persuade you, I don’t know what will.

Check rates and availability for Bohem Art Hotel here.

Best Luxury Hotel in Budapest: Aria Hotel Budapest

Featuring a panoramic rooftop bar, luxurious rooms & suites, and 5* facilities, Aria Hotel is the ideal place to treat yourself during your stay in Budapest. Unlike other luxury hotels in the city, the Aria Hotel is luxurious in a gentle yet classy way. The design is chic and modern, mirroring the hipster vibe of the city. And guests can enjoy ample facilities such as a fully-equipped spa, swimming pool, and state of the art rooms.

Check rates and availability for Aria Hotel here.

If you’d prefer something more personal, you may wish to consider an Air BnB in Budapest instead. These are particularly great if you are staying long term and we are pleased to offer a £34 discount on your first booking. Simply click the link to validate your offer.

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Did you Enjoy our List of Instagram Spots in Budapest?

Well, that concludes Budapest Photography – A Guide to the Best Instagram Spots in Budapest.  If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here!

Stay adventurous and Happy travels.

Charlotte & Natalie x

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