Ah, Budapest. For us, who live in Vienna, a trip to Budapest is simply the perfect short trip. It takes us less than three hours by car to get to the Hungarian capital. In this blog article we present you the most beautiful views over Budapest . Because there are plenty of great vantage points and rooftop bars in Budapest!
1. Dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica The classic among the most beautiful views over Budapest is the panoramic view from the dome of the famous St. Stephen’s Basilica. First you have to go through 350 levels be conquered, but it is worth the effort. Once at the top you can enjoy a 360 -degree view over the city.
Warning: the church is one of the most visited buildings in the city. Depending on the time of day and year it can get quite narrow along the balustrade in the midst of the tourists.
In good weather, we recommend that you come late afternoon when the light becomes more beautiful. (Note: the dome is only open until early evening.) Entry to the dome is with 600 Forint (approx. 2 Euro) very affordable.
Address: Szent István tér 1 , Budapest
2. 360 Bar: Cocktails with a view via Budapest Wow, just wow. The view from the 360 bar we were quite excited. The bar is located on the roof terrace of a building on Andrássy útca near the Oktogon metro station.
The 360 Bar and its waiters are quite relaxed – no dress code, no pretentiousness. Here, people just want to enjoy the view while sipping a delicious cocktail. DJs play in the evenings. Sometimes there is also live music. The best time to visit is just before sunset.
Address: Andrássy útca 39, Budapest
3. Rooftop of the Rum Hotel (Toprum) We have already stayed twice in the very hip Rum Hotel, which has been 2018 owns a Rooftop Bar named Toprum. The bar is still an insider tip in Budapest. From here you have a wonderful view over the old town.
For hotel guests, the breakfast is served here in the Toprum Bar – simply fantastic! Otherwise, you can just pop in for an afternoon coffee or a drink in the evening. Food is also served in tapas form, but the selection is not huge and the prices are rather high.
Cocktails cost about 10 Euro. We personally find the prices for drinks – considering the location – absolutely fine. The Toprum Bar is covered and glazed, but when the weather is nice, the roof and windows can be partially opened. All in all: Highly recommended.
Address: Királyi Pál útca 4, Budapest
4. Burgviertel: View towards the city center Another classic that should not be missing from our list. Especially if you are only staying in Budapest for a short time, then a visit to the Castle District with the Castle Palace and the Fisherman’s Bastion should not be missed.
Personally, we always ignore the historic funicular and prefer to go on foot to the Burgberg. One of the paths starts directly at the funicular and zigzags around 15 minutes to the castle hill. You can turn around here again and again and enjoy the wonderful view in peace. Once at the top you end up at the imposing Burgpalast.
Of course you also have a beautiful view of Budapest from the striking Fisherman’s Bastion. It is also up here in the Castle District, just a short walk from Buda Castle.
Address: Jezsuita lépcső 1-3, Budapest
5. Gellért Hill: View over the whole of Budapest The 235 meter high Gellért Hill. A really nice vantage point is near the Citadel. In contrast to the Castle District, you are a bit further away from the inner-city events here, but you have the whole of Budapest in view.
If you travel to Budapest by car, you can plan a farewell visit to Gellért Hill. You can park comfortably near the viewing platform. If you arrive by public transport, take bus no. 749 .
Address: Citadella setany 1, Budapest
6. High Note SkyBar: Drinks with a view You have a fantastic view of St. Stephen’s Basilica from the rooftop of the exclusive Aria Hotel . The so-called High Note SkyBar is one of the most famous rooftop bars in Budapest and definitely worth a visit.
The drinks are of course not cheap (approx .13 Euro for a cocktail), but prepared with a lot of love. All cocktails and the espresso tonic tasted excellent.
In the evenings, the rush to the High Note SkyBar is said to be very large. There was nothing to be seen of this during our visit in the late afternoon . There were four of us and we were able to sit comfortably in a seating area with a view of the church. However, our time was limited to about 1.5 hours. (We didn’t quite understand the principle, but we probably would have had to order more if we wanted to stay longer.)
There are also some places on the top floor (a bit higher , when we were seated). These tables will be 18 a minimum consumption is charged. A tip in general: If you want to come at sunset or later in the evening, then we recommend you to reserve.
Address: Hercegprímás útca 5, Budapest
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Have you been to Budapest and do you have more Tips for beautiful vantage points? We look forward to hearing about your experiences!