• city view
  • the st stephan's basilica
  • the front side of the basilica

Bird’s eye view from the Budapest St Stephen’s Basilica – a short guide

There is a building in the capital which is so striking and grandiose, that you almost walk by it. 

Every Budapest guide devotes at least one page to St Stephen’s Basilica which is the most pompous sight in the downtown area. But not many people know that it is possible to go up to the cupola of the Basilica by foot or by elevator.

The Basilica – which is the biggest church in Budapest – is located on Pest side and you can visit it not just with the purpose of taking a look at the famous frescoes but also if you are curious to see the downtown area from a bird’s eye view. It could be an excellent meeting point for a romantic rendezvous; your partner would certainly be delighted to have such an experience before or after a coffee. You are free to climb up the stairs and enjoy the picturesque view of Budapest´s sights.

While strolling around on the cupola you can enjoy the hustle and bustle on Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út and there is also a good view of Andrassy Boulevard and the famous Hungarian State Opera House, not to mention the Citadel and the Castle on Buda side. In clear weather you can easily identify all the sights mentioned in your Budapest guide book.

We highly recommend that you take part in a mass, if you have the time, because the acoustics of the Basilica is outstanding, not to mention the organ, which is the third biggest organ in the country with its 6000 pipe. There are also beautiful concerts organized in the Basilica, which you shouldn’t miss!