The Garden of Philosophers
The Garden of Philosophers

Top 8 viewpoints in Budapest

Discover the history, atmosphere and breathtaking landscape of Budapest from the city’s best viewpoints.

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Budapest is a city best known for its stunning historic sights and buzzing nightlife, attracting a vast number of tourists from all around the world every year. However, the city’s viewpoints are often less talked about, even though there are a number of great spots that offer a spectacular outlook on the city, even in – or close to – the city center.

Let’s have a look at the viewpoints you won’t want to miss while roaming the streets of Budapest.

1. Gül Baba Türbéje (Gül Baba’s tomb)

Gül Baba's tomb by night
Gül Baba’s tomb by night

In addition to being a sacred pilgrimage destination for Muslims, the legendary monument from the Turkish era serves as a wonderful and quiet viewpoint overlooking Budapest.

Advantages: historic landmark, secluded location, beautiful rose garden in the summer.

Summary of
Gül Baba’s tomb

Opening hours
tuesday 10:00:00 – 18:00:00
wednesday 10:00:00 – 18:00:00
thursday 10:00:00 – 18:00:00
friday 10:00:00 – 18:00:00
saturday 10:00:00 – 18:00:00
sunday 10:00:00 – 18:00:00
mo closed.
Web Address
Address
Budapest, Gül Baba Türbe és Rózsakert, Mecset u. 14, 1023 Magyarország

2.  Citadella, Gellért-hegy

The citadel of Gellért hill providing a stunning view of Budapest
The citadel of Gellért hill providing a stunning view of Budapest

Located near downtown and easily accessible from just about anywhere, this is one of the most popular and frequented viewpoints of Budapest. The citadel of Gellért hill was built in 1850 and has since served as many things including a chapel, an observatory and a fortress. The view is breathtaking – no wonder it has become a go-to spot for taking promo photos of Budapest.

Pro tip:

Citadella is just one of the many viewpoints listed in this article that you can reach by city’s frequently running hop-on hop-off buses. Click here for more info.

Advantages: Easy accessibility and unbeatable view.

Summary of
Citadella

Opening hours
Closed Temporary
Address
Budapest, Citadella stny. 1, 1118 Magyarország

3. Budai vár (Buda Castle)

Buda castle by night
Buda castle by night

The Buda Castle is one of the best-known landmarks and icons of Budapest. While the castle itself is a sight for sore eyes, wait until you see the panorama it offers. It has multiple spots letting you admire different parts of the city.

Advantages: multiple spots offering views on different parts of the city, home to a great selection of restaurants, museums and other cultural hotspots.

Summary of
The Buda Castle

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Address
Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Magyarország

4.  Mátyás templom (Matthias Church)

The gothic Matthias Church
The gothic Matthias Church

Although, strictly speaking, the Matthias Church is part of the Buda Castle, it deserves its own place on our list. This fantastic gothic church offers an amazing view to those that are willing to climb 197 stairs – spoiler alert: it’s totally worth it.

Advantages: part of the Buda Castle, home to a great selection of restaurants, museums and other cultural hotspots.

Summary of
The Matthias Church

Opening hours
monday 09:00:00 – 17:00:00
tuesday 09:00:00 – 17:00:00
wednesday 09:00:00 – 17:00:00
thursday 09:00:00 – 17:00:00
friday 09:00:00 – 17:00:00
saturday 09:00:00 – 13:00:00
sunday 13:00:00 – 17:00:00
Web Address
Address
Budapest, Szentháromság tér 2, 1014 Hungary

5. Halászbástya (Fisherman’s Bastion)

The breathtaking Fisherman’s Bastion

Like the Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion is also part of the Buda Castle, but it would be a mistake not to give it its own spot on our list. The Fisherman’s Bastion was built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower over Budapest. As such, it offers visitors unforgettable sights that are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It’s easy to see why the “fairy tale towers” are among the most visited places in Budapest today.

Advantages: part of the Buda Castle, home to a great selection of restaurants, museums and other cultural hotspots.

Summary of
The Fisherman’s Bastion

Opening hours
Every Day
09:00:00 – 23:00:00
Web Address
Address
Budapest, Hunyadi János út 31, 1011 Magyarország

6. A Margit-szigeti víztorony (Margaret Island Water Tower)

The exterior of the Margaret Island Water Tower

Located on the beautiful Margaret Island, the Margaret Island Water Tower is one of the prettiest water towers in the country. It was built in 1911 and sustained severe damages during World War II. Following its restoration, it was abandoned for decades, then finally opened to the public as a viewpoint in 1986.

Advantages: 360° panorama, beautiful green environment close to the city center.

Summary of
The Margaret Island Water Tower

Opening hours
Every Day
11:00:00 – 19:00:00
Price Range
$
Address
G3J2+43 Budapest, Magyarország

7. Szent István Bazilika (St. Stephen’s Basilica)

The stunning St. Stephen's Basilica
The stunning St. Stephen’s Basilica

The St. Stephen’s Basilica is the largest neo-classical church of Budapest and, at 96 meters high, is the same height as the Parliament. Accessible by elevators or climbing 364 stairs, the dome of the Basilica offers visitors stunning 360° views overlooking Budapest.

Advantages: 360° views, admission fee includes the exhibition located in the treasury.

Summary of
St. Stephens’s Basilica

Opening hours
Every Day
10:00:00 – 17:00:00
Price Range
$
Web Address
Address
Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Magyarország

8. Filozófusok kertje (Garden of Philosophers)

The Garden of Philosophers
The Garden of Philosophers

Located close to Gellért Hill, the Garden of Philosophers is a quiet little park filled with statues of world-famous thinkers and it offers a wonderful panorama over Budapest, making it the best place to hang out and take in beautiful views of the city.

Advantages: quiet, secluded area less known to tourists.

Summary of
The Garden of Philosophers

Opening hours
0-24h Open
Address
Budapest, Gellérthegyi víztározó park, Orom u. 24, 1016 Magyarország

+3 Rooftop bars with great views

In addition to being a great place for hanging out with friends for a few drinks, rooftops bars also have the reputation of having amazing views. Luckily, being the tourist-favorite it is, Budapest is well equipped with high-end rooftop bars. Let us give a non-exhaustive list of rooftop bars that have the best views of Budapest.

1.  360 Bar

Rooftop full of guests at 360 Bar
Rooftop full of guests at 360 Bar

Located in the central part of Pest, this relaxed and urban rooftop bar probably has the best view out of all rooftop bars.

Summary of
360 Bar

Opening hours
Every Day
14:00:00 – 00:00:00
Price Range
$$
Web Address
Social Media
Address
Budapest, Andrássy út 39, 1061 Magyarország

2.  St. Andrea Sky & Winebar

Interior shot of the St. Andrea Sky & Winebar
Interior shot of the St. Andrea Sky & Winebar

This elegant rooftop bar is located on top of one of the most attractive buildings of the tourist-favorite Vörösmarty square and offers fantastic skyline views, signature cocktails and – you guessed it – wines. By the way, if you’re quite the wine enthusiast, let us recommend an exquisite wine-tasting opportunity in Budapest – click here for more info.

Summary of
St. Andrea Sky & Winebar

Opening hours
tuesday 15:00:00 – 00:00:00
wednesday 15:00:00 – 00:00:00
thursday 15:00:00 – 00:00:00
friday 15:00:00 – 00:00:00
saturday 15:00:00 – 00:00:00
mo su closed.
Price Range
$$
Web Address
Address
1052 Budapest, Deák Ferenc u. 5

3.  Sky Garden Rooftop Terrace

The terrace of Mystery Hotel Budapest, SkyGarden Rooftop Terrace
The terrace of Mystery Hotel Budapest, SkyGarden Rooftop Terrace

Situated on top of Mystery Hotel Budapest, Sky Garden Rooftop Terrace is a garden oasis above the city with beautiful skyline views, cocktails and great, central location.

Summary of
Sky Garden Rooftop Terrace

Opening hours
Every Day
16:00:00 – 00:00:00
Price Range
$$
Web Address
Address
Budapest, Podmaniczky u. 45, 1064

Ain’t no viewpoint high enough?

Why don’t you up the ante and take a look at Budapest from a sightseeing aircraft? That’s right, if you’re brave enough, you can take in the beautiful views of the city from the air – click here for more information.

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