Top photography locations in Budapest

I've been to Budapest a lot over the past 10 years. Often I didn't have a camera with me, or on one particular trip I had my camera but somehow had it set to ISO 4000 for the whole trip. Grainy images galore! Pretty sure that one wasn't my fault...

Since resurrecting my photography hobby a year ago and purchasing an Olympus OMD EM-10, I have been itching to 'retake' some of my photographs of Budapest. As I am currently living and working in Melbourne, Australia that made Budapest slightly more than a weekend 'city break' as it used to be.

Recently I was able to take a trip to Budapest and spend a couple of days exploring and photographing my favourite European city, this time with a camera up to the job. There are so many great places to visit in Budapest but here I want to share some of my favourite photography spots.

 

Budapest Number 2 Tram, overlooking the Danube.

The number 2 tram passes along the Danube.

You can take the number 2 tram as a 'cheap' way of seeing most of the major sights of Budapest. A single ticket will cost about 340 forints which is around $1.50 AUD - bargain. For me though, just north of the Erzsébet Híd (Elizabeth Bridge) is a great spot to stop and take a photograph. From here you can see Buda Castle (pictured), several famous Budapest bridges and of course get a shot of a passing tram.

 

Buda side of the river, looking over Parliament.

Budapest Parliament seen from the Buda side of the river.

If you walk across the Chain Bridge and turn right rather than lazily taking the Funicular railway, you'll have about 200 steps to climb before being rewarded with a stunning view of the city. In particular the Parliament building is fantastic from here at night or by day. I'll be covering each attraction in more detail soon as I could easily show 20 or more photographs of Parliament and still not do it justice...

 

Heroes' Square

Heroes Square in Budapest, Hungary.

The 1st time I visited Heroes' Square, I really was wowed by the area. A friend took my wife and I on a bit of a guided tour. She told us a little history about each of the Heroes' statues you can see here. It doesn't help you photograph but I think Hungary's history is so interesting and well worth reading up on to understand a little about this monument. Getting here is easy, just walk down Andrassy street and after taking in Heroes' Square I recommend a walk in the park nearby - Varosliget.


As I mentioned, each attraction could and should have it's own post with associated photography. The above are just some of MY favourites, I have of course left out Buda Castle, Fishermans Bastion, Gellert and Szecheny Baths and St Stephens Basilica plus many more. I'll do these justice in a future post. For now, thank you for reading and please let me know which Budapest sight you want to read and see more of.