Budapest pictures. Budapest is one of the greatest capital cities of the world with a wonderful setting along the two banks of the Danube, a bewildering eclectic architectural heritage and a stunning atmosphere. While not all is rosy in the bustling capital of Hungary (there are tons of neglected and crumbling 100-year-old buildings), Budapest is full of architectural gems (for example iconic Heroes' Square and the Chain Bridge), atmospheric streets, has several pleasant parks and islands, and of course the majestically flowing river Danube, which cuts the city into two parts: Pest and Buda. Pest is completely flat (this includes downtown Budapest), while Buda is a hilly area, and includes two of the most popular vantage points of the city: Castle Hill and Gellért Hill (among these photos you'll find several views from these places).
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Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Budapest is the clash of many architectural styles.
Belgrád rakpart (Belgrade Embankment) and a slice of downtown Budapest.
Panoramic view of a small section of Budapest.
Old style Budapest balcony with drying clothes and a bike.
St Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika) from Zrínyi utca.
Domes on the tops of tenements in Blaha Lujza tér, one of the most crowded squares in the city.
Canoening on a smaller branch of the Danube in southern Budapest
The colors of Cafe Classico.
Canoeing on the Danube
Buda Palace (Várpalota) resides on Castle Hill, and is surrounded by the Castle District (Várnegyed).
The Castle's back garden blossoms with hundreds of flowers in the spring.
A stroll in the Castle at night.
Buda Castle, Chain Bridge, and the funicular taking people up to the castle between the two.
Atmospheric walkway on Castle Hill.
The house with the bend in the wall, in Anna utca (in the heart of the Castle District).
Fishermen's Bastion, a structure much more elaborate than useful.
Details of the Fishermen's Bastion
Gathering clouds over Fishermen's Bastion.
Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya) beautifully illuminated at night.
One of the Bastion's towers with St Stephen's statue.
Colorful houses in Buda's castle district.
Tranquil night in the castle district
Sándor Palota, the residence of the president of Hungary.
The sign of Ruszwurm Confectioners.
Steps leading to Buda Castle in Budapest.
Szent György tér, where the Sándor Palota and the Castle Theatre (Várszínház) are located.
An ideal place for reading
View over Buda from Gellért Hill
Wet door after a sudden rain in the castle.
One of the many colors of Budapest's Castle District.
Chain Bridge (Lánchíd), one of the most characteristic icons of Budapest.
The Chain Bridge was built around 1848 and rebuilt after WWII.
Details above the bridge's archway include the Hungarian coat-of-arms.
The Chain Bridge in a snowstorm.
Chains of light.
Lánchíd in winter.
Reflections on the majestic Danube.
Across the Danube.
The frozen details of the Chain Bridge.
Chess in City Park
View of the Castle Hill funicular, the roundabout of Adam Clark Square, the Chain Bridge, and the Basilica in the background.
Spring on the steps leading to the Hungarian National Museum
A 1916 issue of the Alkotmány ('Constitution') newspaper on a wall in downtown Budapest - the paper talks about life on the front in World War I, among others listing the coffee prices in Isonzo, Italy, where Austria-Hungary and Italy fought several battles.
Corvin Square, a peaceful spot just below Castle Hill.
Couple of Margaret Island (Margitsziget)
At a pedestrian crossing on József körút
The bugs are watching
Crumbling facade among the beautifully restored ones in Budapest's financial district.
The cycle path running along the Danube is one of the most popular in the city
Cycle counter on Múzeum körút in front of the National Museum - 396 cyclists today, 67,987 cyclists so far this year (photo taken in April)
Typical Budapest architecture lining the bank of the Danube.
The Danube bank at night - the majority of the houses here are occupied by offices, hence the dark windows.
The Danube near sunset.
Snowfall is rare but when it happens, it tends to be heavy, coating the city completely in a white layer.
Snowy view of Batthyány tér.
Skinny trees with forlorn bench.
Tram stop along the Danube Walkway.
Slowly decaying embankment
Cycling along the Danube
The Margitsziget (Margaret Island) at dawn is home almost only to joggers
On Árpád Bridge at 6am
The Óbuda (Shipyard) Island
Promenade on Margitsziget (Margaret Island)
Budapest's Tabán district with the white Deer House (Szarvasház) at the back.
Courtyard of a Józsefváros tenement built in 1885.
Wrought iron railing in a Józsefváros staircase
Dob utca (Drum St)
A pleasant little square on Bartók Béla street; a popular hangout with students from nearby Budapest University of Technogy and Economics
Walking the dog in the city
Imposing doorway in Aulich utca
Two members of the well-known riverfront trio of hotels between the Chain Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge.
A crumbling neighbourhood in Bródy Sándor utca
Dob utca (Drum Street)
The infamous 8th district (although this isn't one of the worst parts)
Király utca with an old trolley bus and foreign restaurants (if you can call KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants)
Trolley bus 78
Art nouveau-style lamp (it's probably a modern fake)
Crumbling tenement just one street away from the most prestigious avenue of the city
Aerial view of downtown Budapest.
Doorway in Bank utca
A three-legged symbol similar to the Isle of Man's coat-of-arms
Drawing the city on the Danube bank
Óbuda Island (or Shipyard Island) is the site of the huge Student Island festival, organized every year.
Those who only know the summer version of the Island, trodden on by hundreds of thousands of visitors, are often astonished to see its other faces.
A warm Autumn afternoon on Óbuda Island (Óbudai Sziget or Hajógyári Sziget).
Hungarian 'elections' in 1980 - at this time Hungary was still under Soviet rule and every constituency had only one candidate (one nominated by the Communist Party or a related organisation)
An election billboard from 1980, still visible in 2010 (and possibly even today) on the corner of Magyar Jakobinusok tere
How dictatorship works: one candidate per constituency - Soviet-controlled elections in 1980 in Hungary
Socialist-style elevator shaft
Elevator controls in an old tenement
Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet-híd), one of the most elegant bridges spanning the Danube in Budapest
Along the Danube embankment cycle path in downtown Budapest
Many crumbling old buildings (untouched on the outside for decades) are beautifully restored on the inside
Late night in downtown Budapest
Old trolley bus.
Walking down from Rózsadomb (Rose Hill), usually thought to be a home to the nouveaux riche (actually it's not the Rózsadomb quarter that's rich but adjacent ones like Vérhalom - Blood Hill)
Neatly restored eclectic (the dominant architectural style of Budapest) facades in the Józsefváros ('Joseph City') district.
Colorful facade in Budapest's bank district, somewhere between the Parliament and Deák tér.
Fat Mo's music club's old American ads.
By the 'Bottomless Lake' (Feneketlen-tó - it is quite deep, but 'bottomless' is a bit of a stretch)
While Hungary has no sea, freshwater fish dishes are very popular
Quick fix, 2011
The yearly flooding of the Danube completely covering the lower embankment in 2006 (some trees can be seen sticking out of the water on the other side)
A balcony full of flowers
Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út), a street modelled on Parisian boulevards
Hundred-year-old buildings and underground station on Andrássy út
Night on Andrássy
The Chain Bridge in heavy snowfall.
Budapest's enormous Parliament dominates this part of the Danube bank.
Liberty Square (Szabadság tér)
Kids running around the fountain in Liberty Square (Szabadság tér) whose jets switch off one by one if someone goes too close
Frici Papa Kifőzdéje, a cheap old-style eatery in downtown Budapest (more precisely Király utca), frequented by locals.
The stone roof of the domed fountain in Gellért Square.
Gozsdu udvar, a series of interconnected courtyards connecting Király utca and Dob utca.
The old gate of historic Gozsdu udvar ('courtyard')
Art Nouveau decoration of Gresham Palace.
Hungarian barbecue (OK, it's not too traditional) in Kispest, a neightbourhood quite far away from the inner city
Old ads (recently discovered in Király utca when a house was pulled down) promoting enterprises that probably existed about 100 years ago. Parts of them are written in German.
Turkish crescent on top of Turkish leader Gül Baba's tomb and mosque.
Budapest's Gül Baba utca, a steep, winding medieval street leading up to Gül Baba's mosque.
View from the top of Gül Baba utca
The colors of an approximately 100-year-old housing development Gyáli út.
Buildings cut in half in Józsefváros with an interesting arrangement of windows on the white wall
Heat, Liberty Square
Equestrian statue with Archangel Gabriel's column above it; part of the Millennium Monument.
Heroes' Square is most often frequented by rollerbladers besides the tourists.
Hikers embark on a 100km long journey, to be taken within 24 hours - this famous hike is called the Kinizsi 100.
This memorial commemorates those victims of World War II who were shot on the riverside and whose bodies fell into the Danube
Holy Spirit Square (Szentlélek tér) in Óbuda.
Leafy and peaceful Honvéd square, near the Parliament.
An Art Nouveau house in downtown Budapest.
Ice floes on the Danube, Hungary's largest river.
Vörösmarty u. underground station
Is there anybody out there?
Izabella utca at night
Trolley bus and its myriad wires in Izabella utca
József körút (Joseph ring road) crossing Józsefváros, a notoriously poor, but constantly developing district of the city
This courtyard in the 8th district is a mosaic of colors and textures
The house will probably soon be demolished
Renovated building in Józsefváros
Kálvin square's beautifully restored houses.
The gigantic hall of Keleti railway station
Eastern Railway Station (Keleti pályaudvar), the terminus for most international trains arriving in Budapest.
People waiting for their trains
Keleti station with a nonsensical advertisement of the Hungarian national railways claiming 'Farewell can be longer'
Nightlife in Király utca
King Street (Király utca)
The view from Kissvábhegy mountain
Doorway in Klauzál utca
Homeward bound on the main ring road of Budapest
Visual chaos on the Körút (Ring Road), one of the main arteries of the city
Futuristic laser weapon design in the staircase of an old tenement
Lazy Sunday afternoon in the Buda Castle.
Liberty Bridge, the third of the 3 'classic' bridges (Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge and Liberty Bridge).
Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) with a tram swooshing past.
Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) and Belgrád Embankment (Belgrád rakpart)
Liberty Bridge's old lamps - being illuminated by others
Details of Liberty Square (Szabadság tér).
Firemen saving someone trying to commit suicide.
The live-saving Fire Brigade with the Castle in the background.
Old lightbulb trying to illuminate the attic
Movers in downtown Budapest
Sign and subway for the 100-year-old Millennium Underground (Millenniumi Kisföldalatti).
Low water on the Danube - the southern tip of Margaret Island (Margitsziget) is normally under water
Luxus Department Store (Luxus Áruház) reflected in the windows of a particularly ugly office block that has recently been pulled down.
Honey bear on a downtown balcony
Hungarian National Radio
Old mailboxes in a house in the 8th district probably soon to be demolished
March 15. square, overlooking the Danube and Gellért hill
Enjoying the sun in March 15 Square on the riverside
Fog over Margit híd (Margaret Bridge).
Margit híd's arches over the Danube.
The Buda side from Margaret Bridge
Margitsziget (an island on the Danube) is the largest park in Budapest.
A family on Margaret Bridge (Margithíd)
Early morning joggers
Millenáris Park, a recently developed public space, flanked by a number of restored buildings of an old locomotive factory.
Sign of the Millennium Underground (Kisföldalatti) railway (which was the first underground line on continental Europe).
Saxophone - street art on the wall of a cafe
Old movie projector exhibited at Cirko-Gejzír Picturehouse (the cinema was named named after a heating method).
The movie projector's dozens of controls.
Műegyetem rakpart ('University of Technology Embankment'), in front of the largest University of Technology of the country
Wrought iron gate in Nádor u.
Terézvárosi plébániatemplom ('Theresa City Parish Church'), on the corner of Nagymező utca and Király utca
The colonnade of the National Museum (Nemzeti Múzeum).
Inside the National Theatre
Rundown old house in a poor part of Budapest; note the crumbling balconies and the typical 'Budapest archways' leading to small shops and to the house's staircase.
Doorway in Népszínház utca
Belgrád Embankment - the benches in front of small port are among the best places to sit and watch the city at night
The Danube, the Chain Bridge, the houses of Parliament and the northern parts of the city
Szabad sajtó útja (literally meaning The Road of Free Press)
Typical tranquil Budapest streetscape at night.
View from Normafa, in a forest on the edge of the city
View from Sas-hegy to the North
The lights of Nyugati railway station
Oktogon, an octagonal 'square' in central Budapest
The Ring Road at Oktogon
Traffic light for trams
Some houses still bear the marks of shells shot during the revolution of 1956 and World War II, historic
Remembering Victor Vasarely, the Hungarian painted who invented optical art; the mural can be seen in Városház tér (near Deák tér underground station)
If Orwell had been an architect
Eclectic architecture meets social realism
Sole painted balcony in a crumbling house
Paris, Texas café.
A truly interesting way of reserving a parking space - especially in the poshest street of the city (Andrássy út)
Hungary's Parliament and the surrounding houses at about 4am.
Sunday afternoon on the Danube bank
The enormous Parliament house looks much better from far away
Beautiful and sad at the same time - individually painted balcony in a rundown building
Pekáry-ház, a gothic/romantic building in Király utca
A spacious arrangement of houses vs. the cramped inner city
Temporary pontoon bridge on the Danube, symbolizing the link between Hungary and the EU.
The densely packed tenements of the 6th district are suddenly replaced with buildings like this near Városliget
Protestant church in Deák tér, the center of the city.
Railings and tunnels under the Chain Bridge.
Old railway in the hills near Budapest.
The storm's passed
It's raining. The courtyard of a tenement
In remembrance (St Stephen's Cathedral).
Café Angelika as seen from a nearby rooftop
Reviczky street having undergone pedestrianization a few years ago.
Room on the top of Károlyi Palace in Pollack Mihály tér
Kertész utca (Gardener Street)
A park on Rózsadomb, an affluent neighbourhood of Buda
The view from Rózsadomb
The Square of Roses (Rózsák tere)
View from Sas-hegy (Eagle Mountain): from the villas of the nouveaux rich to the gray blocks of flats on the edge of town
On the scenic 19 tram, running along the riverfront in Buda
This rhino thinks he's hiding behind a tree. He's not very clever
Piles of old junk soon to be taken away by the local council make downtown life even more 'colourful' for a few weeks every year
Budapest tram speeding past
The statue of St Stephen (Szent István), who founded the Hungarian state in AD 1000. The horse apparently has something on his mind, but it's hard to tell what.
Inside St Stephen's.
One of the most well-known statues in Budapest: Anonymus, the faceless scribe of a former Hungarian king
Queen Elizabeth and reverend Gellért - Elizabeth Bridge and Gellért Hill were named after them
'Unused' statues left in the garden of some arts insitution
Old steamer in the Buda Hills.
Stencils saying 'Live for today, you'll be dead tomorrow', and 'Glazier - call [phone number]'
Stex, one of the few restaurants in the city to offer traditional dishes in the middle of the night
Sleepy sunrise in Óbuda (Old Buda)
Sunset to the north.
Reflections of the Synagogue's chandeliers.
Arches of the Budapest Synagogue in Dohány utca, one of the largest in Europe.
Belgrade Embankment, the Road of Free Press (Szabad sajtó útja), the crumbling Klotild Palaces and Ferenciek tere
Szabadság tér (Liberty Square) is one of the most beautiful places in the city
Szabadság tér in autumn
Comfort in Liberty Square
St Stephen's Cathedral (Szent István Bazilika)
Szimpla Kert, one of the so called 'Ruin Pubs' (mostly located in the courtyards of rundown tenements)
An old tenement building on the inside
The Időkerék (Time Wheel), one of Budapest's recent developments, is a spherical hourglass of immense proportions.
The Időkerék's upper glass chamber, which it takes the sand one year to escape from, after which the huge sphere is turned around.
The 50-year old UV, short for 'New Tram' in Hungarian
The number 2 tram running along the river on the Pest side, offering great views of the Buda hills
What lurks on the other side?
The logo of the Two-tailed Dog Party (Kétfarkú Kutya Párt), the work of a street artist who often makes fun of politics and daily life in Hungary (among others, his party promised eternal life in the 2006 elections)
UFO, Szabadság tér
Újlipótváros's typical Bauhaus architecture
Riverside path in northern Pest - a calm pathway not far from downtown Budapest's bustle.
The umbrella statues in the cobbled old town of Budapest's Óbuda district.
Lánchíd and the embankment
Unexpected colors on a dirty street in Pest
View over Budapest from a vantage point on Gellérthegy.
The fountain of the Várkert (Castle Garden) Casino.
View over downtown Budapest including the surroundings of major roads Vámház körút, Üllői út and Baross utca
The Vigadó concert hall.
Trams in Batthyány Square (Batthyány tér)
Budapest tram (Batthyány tér-Etele tér, Kelenföldi pu.)
A sunny afternoon on the Danube embankment
Waterskiing on the Danube (bathing is not normally permitted)
The forests of Buda
Tranquil tourist path in the forests surrounding Budapest.
Hungarian is a notoriously difficult language.
View from the top of Hármashatárhegy ('Triple Border Mountain')