Budapest is an Instagrammer’s dream city with its gorgeous views, beautiful architecture, and eclectic cafés and bars. Since the internet is flooded with Budapest travel guides, I decided to break down some of the Instagrammable places in Budapest. Here is my top 5 of places that are definitely worth a feature on your Instagram feed. Even when you don’t have Instagram, these spots are great for snapping perfect travel photos.
1. The Hungarian Parliament
Whether from afar or up and close, the Hungarian Parliament building looks stunning from every angle. You can even hit two birds with one stone by capturing another iconic symbol of the city: the yellow tram.
2. The Fisherman’s Bastion
The Fisherman’s Bastion looks like it’s taken straight from a fairytale book. Not only is the bastion Instagram worthy, the panoramic views from the bastion aren’t too bad either (and that’s an understatement). Just behind you is the Matthias Church which is just as incredible on the inside as it is from the outside. It is difficult to have the bastion to yourself. Beat the tourists and go there early in the morning or late afternoon. In general the entire Buda Castle Hill area has Insta-potential.
If your feet aren’t too tired, go up the Citadel. I promise you, it’s worth the steep walk. The Citadel hosts one of the best views over Budapest. From the top you can see both Buda and Pest. On your way down relieve your muscles in the Gellert Spa & Thermal Baths. I know everyone talks about the unpronounceable Szechenyi Thermal Baths, but Gellert is just as beautiful and far less crowded.
Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, also known as Erzsébetváros, is rich in history and culture. This neighborhood is a living art gallery. Street art and murals adorn crumbling walls of old apartment blocks and office buildings. It is also here where you’ll find the famous ruin bars. Definitely pop in Szimpla Kert to snap a photo or two. The quirky decorations offer unique and unsual photo opportunities.
4. Vajdahunyad Castle
In Budapest you don’t have to travel far to see a castle. Located in the city park of Budapest is the Vajdahunyad Castle. The Vajdahunyad Castle is one of the most architecturally interesting places in Budapest which makes it perfect for photos. The look of the castle fooled me into thinking that it was a medieval castle. However, it was built in 1896. The castle displays a variety of architectural styles from different time periods. Not done with taking photos? The famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths are a short walk from the castle.
5. Chain Bridge and Danube
The Chain Bridge is another iconic symbol of Budapest. It was the first permanent bridge to connect the Buda and Pest sides of Budapest, when it was built in the mid-1800s. The impressive Chain Bridge is stunning both day and night. The Danube riverfront promenade is perfect for capturing lovely landscapes and the city skyline.
6. Streets of Budapest
I know the title says top 5, but I couldn’t leave this one out. I have a soft spot for pretty facades and cute cafés, and Budapest has loads of them. You’re likely to spot a cute café or pretty building when you’re wandering the streets of the Paris of the East.
The outdoor bars and cafés in Budapest are on point. Imagine string lights, cute decor and chill music in the background. Not only are these venues great for having drinks or food on a balmy summer evening, but they also provide a picturesque atmosphere. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Mazel Tov – Akacfa utca 47 | Jewish Quarter
- KIOSK – Március 15. tér 4
- Anker’t – Paulay Ede utca 33
- FRÖCCSTERASZ – Erzsébet tér 11-13
- Fekete – Múzeum krt. 5