Beautiful Budapest: 20 Stunning Photos of Europe’s Most Underrated City

Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe. The combination of beautiful Budapest architecture, the spectacular views from Fisherman’s Bastion and the Buda side, and the stunning River Danube makes it a fantastic place to explore.

Not only is it beautiful, but it is filled with history, culture, things to do, high quality and inexpensive wine, and good food. People sometimes ask me about my favorite city in the world, and Budapest is among the top 5.

I took all of these myself using my handy Nikon D5300, Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G, and Mefoto Travel Tripod.

If you’re interested in getting the best photos of Budapest, I recommend reading this guide to get started. Here is a map with some of the best photo spots, bars, and gluten free restaurants in Budapest.

Are you a celiac traveling to Budapest? Check out my guide to gluten free Budapest to help you navigate the city as a celiac.

Related: 4 Days in Budapest – The Perfect Itinerary

The Stunning Danube River and Beautiful Budapest Architecture

The Danube River is outrageously beautiful. The Danube defines the city – the city is organized around it and it is quite the centerpiece.

Some of the best views in Budapest are from the Buda side of the river, looking back towards the Pest side. Spend an afternoon exploring everything from Gellert Hill to Fisherman’s Bastion, and everything in between.

Beautiful Budapest on the Danube

Budapest Is Spectacular at Night

Budapest comes alive at night, particularly along the Danube.

The Chain Bridge, Parliament Building, and Fisherman’s Bastion are all particularly photogenic when the sun goes down.

For a nice tour of the best night time photography spots, walk from St. Stephen’s Basilica to the Chain Bridge, cross the bridge and look back towards the Pest side of the river, then walk down to get a shot of the Parliament Building at night.

Beautiful Budapest Parliament Building
Beautiful Budapest Chain Bridge at Night
Budapest Beauty at Night
Nighttime in Beautiful Budapest
Budapest Chain Bridge is Beautiful at Night

The Great Market Hall in Budapest

Budapest’s Great Market Hall is an interesting piece of architecture. It’s a must-see while you’re in the city, and it is a great place to grab some produce as a snack. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many gluten free options at the food vendors on the second floor.

Beautiful Budapest Great Market Hall
Beautiful Budapest Architecture at the Great Market Hall
Amazing Beautiful Budapest Architecture
Budapest's Great Market Hall

Budapest’s Ruin Pubs Are a Unique Experience

Don’t miss the Ruin Pubs in Budapest. They are one of the most funky and unique experiences in the city and show why Budapest is one of the best outdoor drinking cities in the world.

During the summer, the ruin pubs are packed late into the night with locals and tourists. Check out Koleves Kert, which was my favorite, though the options are almost endless.

Ruin Pubs in Beautiful Budapest
Ruin Pubs in Budapest

The New York Cafe

The New York Cafe is a traditional coffee house that has been around for years, and it is one of the most opulent buildings in Budapest.

It is worth a visit just to walk around and see the architecture, but you can sit down for a coffee or tea. Be prepared to wait though, it gets packed with tourists.


The New York Cafe in Budapest
Budapest Coffee House

St. Stephen’s Basilica

Beautiful Budapest St. Stephen's Basilica
Beautiful Budapest Architecture

Spectacular Views from Fisherman’s Bastion

Budapest from the Fisherman's Bastion

Planning a trip to Europe? Check out my guide to gluten free Berlin for some inspiration and tips for navigating Germany as a celiac, or my guide to gluten free Amsterdam.

Two of my favorite gluten free destinations in Europe are Paris and Rome. And I have guides for each so that you have everything you need to plan your trip.

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