St Stephen’s Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) Tours

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This beautiful neo-classical cathedral is the biggest church in Budapest and sits on the imposing square of Szent István. Its serene façade is decorated with statues of the 12 Apostles and has twin clock towers, a vast cupola and an imposing colonnaded doorway leading on to a barn-like interior illuminated through jewel-like stained-glass windows.

Among the carved wooden pews, marble statuary, frescoed ceilings and gilded ornamentation, the opulent basilica’s most holy relic is found in the small dark chapel to the left of the elaborate main altar. The mummified and bejeweled hand of St Stephen, who was both first king and patron saint of Hungary back in the ninth century, lies preserved in a delicate glass cabinet.

The basilica can accommodate 8,500 worshippers and was built during the late 19th century during the expansion of Budapest for the Millennium celebrations. Much of the later design work was by Miklós Ybl, designer of the Hungarian State Opera House. Badly damaged during WWII, the cathedral has recently been extensively restored and once more sparkles both inside and out.

Regular organ recitals are held here and the dome has a panoramic viewing point taking in the sweep of the city and Danube River; access is by elevator and steep steps.

Practical Info

Opening hours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 9pm-1am, Sunday 1pm-5pm. The viewing point in the dome is closed from November to March. Entrance to the church is free and admission tickets to the dome are discounted with the Budapest Card. Metro János utca.
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Address: Szent István tér 1, Budapest, Hungary
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Hours: Mon-Fri 9am- 5pm. Sat 9am-1pm. Sun 1pm-5pm.
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Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour Of Budapest

Budapest is full of UNESCO-listed monuments, architectural wonders, and lively markets, but visiting on a group tour means a fixed itinerary and less time to explore. Instead, maximise your time with a private 4-hour tour by luxury vehicle and tick off attractions such as Buda Castle, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, St Stephen’s Basilica, and the Central Market. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

Experience an organ concert at St. Stephen’s Basilica on your next trip to Budapest. The sound inside the dome of this neoclassical church makes it the perfect spot for Bach and Vivaldi, performed by some of Hungary’s most revered musicians. To continue the festivities, upgrade to a late-night dinner cruise on the Danube afterward, and toast to the beautiful view with a glass of Sparkling wine. A traditional Hungarian meal is also available on board, served buffet-style. Along the way you’ll pass UNESCO World Heritage sights like the Buda Castle, lit up for the evening hours.
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Budapest 3-Hour City Tour

Discover Budapest’s highlights on this 3-hour panoramic sightseeing tour. As you travel between the sights, learn about Hungary’s 1,000-year-old history and pass landmarks such as St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament, and more. Walk around the Buda Castle District, soak up city views from the Fisherman’s Bastion and Gellért Hill, and view the monuments to Hungary’s kings and national heroes at Heroes’ Square. Choice of morning and afternoon departure included.
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Budapest Grand City Tour with Parliament Visit

See the landmarks of Budapest and inside the Hungarian Parliament building on this 4-hour grand city tour. Enjoy a 3-hour panoramic drive to view highlights such as the Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Heroes’ Square, and soak up the city panoramas from the top of Gellért Hill. Enjoy a short walk around the Buda Castle District and finish with a 45-minute guided interior tour of the neo-Gothic Parliament, with entrance fee included.
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Merry Markets Experience in Budapest with Winetasing

Capture the Christmas spirit on this 2.5-hour tour of Budapest’s festive scene. In the midst of the holiday season, you’ll discover Budapest’s Christmas markets, sip spiced mulled wine, and learn about Hungarian Christmas traditions. Visit top attractions such as St. Stephen’s Basilica, considered one of the country’s most beautiful Catholic churches, and sample traditional Christmas cake on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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Historical and Cultural Guided Tour of Budapest

Budapest’s history and culture are rich and complex, but easily overlooked if sightseeing independently. This private full-day tour delves deeper than you could alone: covering not only the sights but Budapest’s past, folklore, cuisine, and customs to give you a full picture of Hungary’s capital and its people. View must-sees such as Buda Castle, Heroes’ Square, and more; uncover their history, and feel free to tailor the itinerary around you.
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Parliament Tour and Lunch & Cruise at 2pm

Discover Budapest’s cuisine, history, and river all in the span of a few hours.  Your experience begins with a guided tour of the House of Parliament in the language of your choosing.  Then, enjoy a buffet lunch of Hungarian food (with vegetarian options) as you cruise along the Danube.  As a special bonus, you’ll receive complimentary tickets to visit two historical boats.
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All-Day Semi-Private City Tour of Budapest With Lunch And Cruise

Discover the best of Budapest with this full-day private tour. Spend the first part of the day exploring the city by private transport and visiting sites such as City Park, St. Stephen’s Basilica,  Parliament, and the Castle area. After hours of exploring, enjoy a 3-course meal at a local restaurant before hopping aboard a 2-hour cruise along the Danube with a stop at Margaret Island.
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Budapest City Tour with Danube Cruise

Get to know Budapest by land and water on this 4-hour city and river cruise sightseeing tour. Enjoy a 3-hour panoramic drive around Budapest’s top sights, seeing Heroes’ Square, the City Park, and other highlights, and taking a walking tour around the Budapest Castle District. Finish with a 1-hour sightseeing cruise on the River Danube, sailing by landmarks such as the Chain Bridge and Parliament with a drink in hand. Morning and afternoon departure available.
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Budapest Ideal City Tour

Delve deeper into Budapest’s highlights on this 4-hour tour, covering famous sights in more detail than with the typical 2- or 3-hour city tours, plus lesser-known landmarks. View sights such as the Central Market Hall and National Museum, admire star attractions such as Heroes’ Square, and enjoy guided strolls around the City Park and Buda Castle District as you uncover Hungary’s 1,000-year past. Choose from several tour options when you book.
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Parliament Tour and Dinner & Cruise with live music

Budapest’s many highlights can be difficult to tick off on limited time. Experience 2 top city experiences in 1 day on a tour of the iconic Hungarian Parliament, followed by a dinner cruise. Benefit from insights provided by your guide as you explore Parliament at a time that suits you, then conclude a busy day of sightseeing with dinner, drinks, and live Hungarian music as you cruise across the Danube.
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Private Walking Tour of Classical Budapest

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Budapest Super Saver: Budapest City Tour plus Hidden History Walking Tour

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Private Budapest Car Tour

Get a comprehensive overview of Budapest's most important landmarks, combined with the personalized attention of a private guide. During this 3-hour tour, see the best Budapest has to offer, including visits to the Castle District and St. Stephen's Basilica. This private tour for just you and your party includes round-trip hotel transportation.
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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

This Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour of Budapest is one of the easiest ways to get around the city while you’re travelling. Book your 24-, 48-, or 72-hour ticket, and explore at your own pace. The route stops at many key areas of Budapest, including Heroes’ Square, the Hungarian Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Hungarian State Opera House. Plus, this bus tour offers free onboard Wi-Fi and recorded commentary about Budapest's sights in 23 languages.
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Budapest All in One Walking Tour

Stretch your legs and see the sights on this 3-hour Budapest walking tour. Your local guide will lead to the jewels of the city, including UNESCO World Heritage sites like Heroes’ Square, where iconic statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars sit, as well as the beautiful Buda Castle. You’ll take a break with two delicious Hungarian pastries and a hot drink. This walking tour is limited to 15 people, keeping the experience intimate as you discover all that this incredible city has to offer.
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Budapest in a Day: Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour

Budapest is full of UNESCO-listed monuments, architectural wonders, and lively markets, but visiting on a group tour means a fixed itinerary and less time to explore. Instead, maximise your time with a private full-day tour by luxury vehicle and tick off attractions such as Buda Castle, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, St Stephen’s Basilica, and the Central Market. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Budapest Card

Discover Budapest with a 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120-hour Budapest Card, providing discounts, tours and transportation while you explore the city independently. Enjoy free entry to top museums, two complimentary walking tours, admission to the thermal baths and more. Your card also includes discounts at popular restaurants, free public transportation and a guidebook with helpful information about the included services.
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Budapest Food Walking Tour

Sample the best of Budapest on this 4-hour culinary walking tour. Your expert foodie guide will show you the local ingredients at the Great Market Hall and where to try a hot helping of goulash, a stew made Hungarian-style with paprika. You’ll also taste traditional sweets, seafood and local meats. As you walk, you’ll also have the chance to snap photos of top attractions like the bustling Andrássy Avenue and the towering structure of St. Stephen’s Basilica.
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