Budapest Travel & Photography Guide
Capital of Hungary, Budapest. The beautiful city on the Danube. With more than thousand years of history and a fantastic riverside, Budapest is one of the most photogenic city in Europe. Especially at night. Weather of Budapest can be cold in winter so you may choose Spring and Fall for visit. (0 – 22 °C monthly average degrees in a year)
First impression about Budapest: Central European Beauty.
Today, Budapest is a popular tourist destination in Europe.
Population: 1,7 million
Currency Unit: Hungarian Florint
Visa and Entry: A Schengen Country
- Seven islands can be found on the Danube: Shipyard Island, Margaret Island, Csepel Island, Palotai-sziget (now a peninsula), Népsziget, Háros-sziget, and Molnár-sziget.
- Budapest has architecturally noteworthy buildings in a wide range of styles and from distinct time periods
- Public Transportation : BKV City buses, metro has 3 lines in Budapest, HEV is railway for suburbs, ferry boats in Danube, funicular in Buda Castle. Airport is 15km away of city center.
- Time of Budapest : GMT +1 (CET)
- The first subway line in mainland Europe, the Millennium Underground in Budapest, opened in 1896
- Weather of Budapest
Top 6 Things to Do in Budapest – Budapest Travel Photography Guide
1. Buda Castle Hill – This World Heritage Site is easily visible from everywhere in Budapest. Also, Exploring Castle Hill’s beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets can occupy an entire day. The central Trinity Square fills daily with tourists visiting the famous Matthias Church. The Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Palace, together with the Hungarian National Gallery, are also popular sights.
2. Budapest Opera House – Experience the incredible acoustics inside the Budapest Opera House, considered to be among the best in the world. Built in the 1880s, the Budapest Opera House stands as one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Europe. Catch a staged opera performance by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, or Wagner – just don’t delay for too long, performances sell out quickly!
3. The Chain Bridge– The Chain Bridge was the first bridge to permanently connect Buda and Pest. At the time of its completion, Chain Bridge was considered to be one of the wonders of the world. Chief engineer Adam Clark completed the span in 1849. Crossing the bridge is just a short walk and no matter which direction you go, the view is beautiful.
Amazing Parliament Building
4. Hungarian Parliament Building – The Parliament building, a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture, is just over 100 years old. It’s the third largest Parliament building in the world, and is also home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels. Tours are available when the National Assembly is not in session. It is the biggest building in Hungary with its 268 metres (879 ft) length.
5. Fishermen’s Bastion – Fishermen’s Bastion is one of the most fascinating sights on Castle Hill. Although fishermen from Watertown (Víziváros) reputedly defended this part of the city during the Middle Ages, Fishermen’s Bastion was built in the 1890s and it’s purely decorative. Today, it’s a favorite lookout.
6. Gül Baba’s Tomb – Gül Baba’s octagonal tomb is located on Mecset Street, a short but steep walk from the Margaret Bridge in the district of Rózsadomb. It was built by Ottoman authorities in Hungary between 1543 and 1548, on the orders of the third pasha of Buda, and has a shallow dome covered with lead plates and wooden tiles.
Photography in Budapest – Budapest Travel Photography Guide
The Buda Castle hill offers plenty of viewpoints on the whole Danube with the bridges. One of my favourite spots are located in front of the Royal Palace, looking over the Chain Bridge and Parliament.
You can get up to Buda Castle on many paths. One I recommend starts at Clark Adam Square, right next to the Funicular’s starting point.
If you go all the way up, you’ll get to the Royal Palace. From here, looking over the Dabube, you have a fantastic view on Chain Bridge and Parliament. Here it’s also fun to play with vertical compositions with the Parliament and the Chain Bridge
Fishermen’s Bastion is probably the most touristy and crowded spot in the whole city. But if you go early morning or at evening, it’s a bit calmer.
Mathias Church : You can even go up to its top, there’s a balcony around. You have to climb 197 stairsteps and take a guided tour to get there, but the view is worth it
Gellért-hill – Citadel is the best vantage point for photography.
You can see the whole Buda Castle area, the Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge, Parliament, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Budapest Eye at Deák Square.
The best time to go there is at Blue Hour, after sunset, or in late afternoon in sunlight. This place is really the best vantage point in the city, offering many great compositions!
Transportation to / from Budapest
From Belgrade to Budapest is around 380km and it takes 4 and half hour by car and 7 hours by bus. Zagreb, Croatia is 350km and trip takes 4 hours by car and 5 hours by bus and train. Vienna, Austria is 250km, it takes 3 hours by car, by train and by bus. Prague, Czech Republic is 525 km and trip takes 5 and half hours by car, 7 and half hours by bus and train.
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