St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)
4.5
Religious SitesChurches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500 people and features a magnificent 300-foot, neo-Renaissance dome.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
How to get there
  • Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út • 2 min walk
  • Arany János utca • 4 min walk
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  • Martine S
    Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands50 contributions
    Visit the roof
    You have to buy a ticket to get into the basilica. It is not cheap (4000 Huf). The basilica itself is nice but not super special. there is a shrine with the hand of a saint. But you have to get up to the terrace for the view. It is very narrow up there. And probably in high season it will be a long wait. But great views!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 27 February 2023
  • WitchyYork
    Strensall, United Kingdom993 contributions
    Beautiful cathedral
    Just over £10 for an all inclusive ticket is excellent value. The cathedral itself is beautiful. The views from the panoramic terrace offer a 360 of Budapest and the treasury contains important religious artefacts. The hand is both gruesome and fascinating especially considering it’s 1000 years old. Some reviews say it’s dark inside, but it is beautiful and bathed in colour.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2023
  • BramleyLoiner21
    Leeds, United Kingdom502 contributions
    Worth a visit
    What a lovely building to look around The admission was under £10 and that included a lift (or stairs) up to the viewing platform at the base of the dome. This afforded great views of the city. It is a great building with lots of fascinating paintings and great architecture.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Dawn B
    Norwich, United Kingdom17 contributions
    A must see, jaw dropping
    I only went inside and didn't purchase a ticket for the climb to the top. This place is awesome, it's the most decorative interior I have ever seen. It's not huge so take a seat and look everywhere to take it all in. Beautiful!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Claire
    Bradford, United Kingdom72 contributions
    Great views inside and out
    I don’t know why I thought this was a free attraction, I read some reviews saying this but no one got in the door without purchasing a ticket first from the office across the street. Worth it though, i audibly gasped several times, beautiful inside. it’s the most Catholic place I ever went. I went for the cheap ticket then changed my mind when the card reader faltered, glad I did because I wanted to do the balloon fly thing to see out across the city but as others mentioned its always shut - except for the one time I was at the top of St Stephens Basilica of course, then I could see it flying in the distance :D.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 April 2023
  • JSTrip_77
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,299 contributions
    Beautiful Church and Interesting Relic
    OK, it is really annoying that the tickets are formulated in a conniving way to push people to pay more. The tickets are either for the cupola view OR the sanctuary - or a combination ticket for both. It would have been less tacky to offer a sanctuary ticket and an up-charge for the treasure and tower. We skipped the tower and treasury because the most fascinating bit is the relic of the hand of St. Stephen which is in the sanctuary on the right side. The church is enormous and serene and has the most amazing art. The whole paying to go into churches is new since the last time I toured Europe but I guess that's what keeps them up. It is worth paying for this one.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • JaniO
    393 contributions
    Take the stairs up to the tower!
    Visited St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika) on a chilly, cloudy day in early March 2023. Really magnificent to see! The office for a tower ticket is across the street from the church next to Starbucks. There is an elevator to the observation tower but taking the stairs up to it is rewarding. Great panoramic views of Budapest.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Owenthomas
    Berthoud, Colorado1,001 contributions
    Named after the first king of Hungary
    Stephen, he was canonized in 1080. St Stephens right hand is housed in the reliquary. The building was started in 1851. Very beautiful, opulent building. It is one of the largest buildings in Budapest. Many carved statues and nice stained glass. There is also a display of the treasury of the church.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Vance Z
    Rio Rancho, New Mexico33 contributions
    A Must See Cathedral in Budapest
    One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe both inside and out. We visited twice. The trip to the lookout atop the basilica is well worth it for outstanding city views. There is an elevator if you don't want to climb the stairs. Very highly recommended.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2023
  • T D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania3,349 contributions
    Beautiful Church!
    We stayed at the Ritz Carlton at the Fashion street, and could see the Basilica from our hotel window. We walked there about 10 min and only saw the outside. The backside is quiet - the front was busy with people sitting in the steps and taking selfies. We didn’t go inside but enjoyed the architecture from the outside.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2023
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harvey1210
London, UK11 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful ornate building which is a must see when in Budapest. Definitely get up to the top level for the views. There’s a lift about half way the you’re on the stairs which can be a bit daunting but worth the effort for sure
Written 24 February 2024
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Nano
Portsmouth, UK248 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
The mummified hand that’s over 1000 years old is pretty cool. The church is beautiful and the zodiac signs on the entrance is awesome
Written 24 February 2024
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JJulia21
Lisburn, UK23 contributions
Feb 2024
Stunning interiors! Beautiful reds and golds - almost felt like a palace rather than a cathedral! Seeing the mummified remains of St Stephen was a bit... interesting lol! I would say it would have been nice to have more English placards about that could have explained the history a bit more.
Written 18 February 2024
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Katie
Liverpool, UK8 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Wonderful, we did the panoramic view at the top and it was amazing definitely worth paying for the double ticket it wasn’t much at all
Written 17 February 2024
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Caroline E
Bingley, UK29 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We walked into this place and it literally took our breath away. We both stood at the entrance and said "wow" in unison. Everywhere you look, the paintings on the ceiling and walls, the gold leaf on the pillars, the organ, the stained glass windows, the altar... just incredible! We sat and just stared for about 30 mins. WOW!
Written 14 February 2024
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Adam L
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK73 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
While the ticket office is tucked away on a nearby street, the building itself is absolutely beautiful. Well preserved, just what you’d want from such a place.
Written 12 February 2024
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Taur033
Norwich, UK791 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
A beautiful imposing church in the centre of Pest. Easily located with a huge square surrounded by a range of cafes and shops
Written 28 January 2024
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nolongeryoungandsingle
Dublin, Ireland172 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Absolutely no need for this to be so expensive. It's crazy but in fairness all tourist attractions in Budapest are hugely overpriced so it's not surprising!

When you get over the crazy entrance fee it's a really cool church really well decorated. The hand on display is pretty cool.

Make your way to the top for amazing views of the city.
Written 22 January 2024
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Robbert L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,665 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Wow!!! What a basilique. We have seen quite some churches and I expected a bit of a dark, cold church as is so often rhe case. Well, quite the opposite. Light, warm and a stunning amazing overwhelming exceptional interior, combining Hungary's past and Christianity. Small entrance fee. Recommended. Not to miss. Possibility to go upstairs (terrace) and also see the treasury.
Written 21 January 2024
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Ann-Marie Carter
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful place to visit and was stunning in it's decoration, a quiet place to reflect even if not of that religion. You are able to go inside the dome and see the wooden structure from underneath and then out onto the terrace for great views - highly recommend
Written 17 January 2024
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