From St Stephen's Basilica to the Museum of Ethnography, Budapest boasts numerous grand monuments that are equally splendid inside and out. What's even better is that you don't need to sit through a Wagner opus just to catch a glimpse of the Opera House between acts. Nor must you pursue a political career to peek inside the House of Parliament. Here is an insider's guide on how to explore these stunning buildings.



Both locals and tourists patiently waited for five years while the Opera House underwent its renovation. Since last year, however, the building has been restored to its breathtaking glory, and here is a sneak peek of what you can expect upon a visit. The Renaissance palace's elegant and intricate details have become even more spectacular, enhanced by modern technical solutions seamlessly integrated throughout the building. Despite the waning popularity of opera as a genre, the architectural beauty appeals to a wider audience. So worry not if you don't feel like sitting through a lengthy Wagner piece only to look around during the intervals. You can also join guided tours, which are available three times a day (1:30, 3:00, and 4:30 pm). Book them online or at ticket offices. 

  • Price: HUF 9,000 (guided tours in foreign languages)
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House of Mu

Upon its opening in 2021, we were among the first to tour one of the city’s newest icons, the House of Music Hungary. Designed by the renowned Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, the building's uniqueness alone is a reason to visit. It's also worth marvelling at its seamless integration of nature and interior spaces, as well as its extravagant architectural shape. Surely enough, there were some details that struck us as slightly unusual, but the exceptional acoustics of the concert hall left us in awe. Guided tours provide a comprehensive view of this magnificent venue, spanning from the basement to the attic, including the lower exhibition halls, concert halls, and music education spaces in the upper portion of the building. Make sure to secure your tickets online in advance.

  • Price: HUF 2,000
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St Stephe

St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest's most famous church, stands as a magnificent masterpiece that took three architects 50 years to complete. Its centrepiece is the massive dome that is as impressive on the inside as it is from the outside. While entry is free during masses, if you're not visiting during a service, you can simply purchase a ticket to enter the church. Inside, you will have the opportunity to marvel at the details, exquisite carvings, and captivating paintings. However, if you wish to explore further, opt for a ticket that grants access to the panoramic terrace. From there, you can admire both the building's design and the panoramic view of the city below.

  • Price: HUF 2,000 (church), HUF 4,500 (treasury, panoramic terrace, church)
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The Parliament is probably the most iconic building in Budapest. It is majestic and gorgeous, no wonder Freddie Mercury once joked about buying it. The good news is that you don’t have to be a politician to step inside and experience its splendour (see recent photos here). Despite its original purpose for parliamentary representation, it is not surprising that its interior is perhaps even more impressive than its exterior. Open to visitors every day, the Parliament invites you to explore its grandeur and you can even buy tickets onlineYou can take a tour of the grand staircase and enjoy a unique panorama, enter the magnificent dome hall, the main gallery, and the meeting room, and then visit an exhibition on the history of the building. 

  • Price: HUF 5,000
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MOL Campus

Controversial and divisive, the MOL Campus, Budapest’s first skyscraper, has introduced a new colour and style to the city at the end of 2022. This architectural addition has reshaped the city's skyline while pushing the boundaries in terms of technical innovation. In April, its lookout point also opened, allowing visitors to take in panoramic views from a height of 120 meters. Anticipate unconventional yet breathtaking vistas, which are worth a visit whether you find the building itself captivating or polarizing. While the visitor's centre can be entered free of charge, a ticket is required to access the SkyDeck terrace. This app can help you discover more about the city's attractions.

  • Price: HUF 2,900
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The towers of Matthias Church stand as integral landmarks within the Castle District. Yet many locals and tourists alike have never ventured inside the building (see recent photos here). The church, in line with tradition, was consecrated by order of St Stephen, though its construction took place during the reign of Béla IV in the 13th century. Despite undergoing reconstruction, renovations, and damage by the war, the church endures, though only fragments of its original features remain. The building exudes a uniquely special and almost mystical atmosphere, with its walls adorned with rich decorations. The tower offers one of the most stunning views of the city, provided you're willing to climb the 200 steps up to the top. 

  • Price: HUF 2,500
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Museum of Ethnography

Europe’s most contemporary ethnographic museum building has been awaiting visitors for about a year and a half with playful exhibitions. It offers something to each generation, promising an enjoyable experience. The museum's architectural design mirrors this approach—a delightful space where innovative solutions seamlessly integrate with technology. While guided tours may not provide a glimpse of the exhibitions themselves, it is definitely worth checking out a little more of this wonderful space. 

  • Price: HUF 2,000
  • More information here.