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Budapest from above – The most beautiful panoramas of the capital

Every global city is beautiful from a bird’s-eye view, but this is especially true for Budapest. Take advantage of Buda’s topographical advantages and, within the framework of a pleasant excursion, marvel at the wonderful panoramas of the hungarian capital!

Erzsébet lookout tower

Budapest’s most famous lookout tower is on the János Hill, reaching 528 metres above the city, making it the highest point of the capital for over 110 years. It was named after Queen Eliz- abeth, better known as Sissy, who loved to admire the detailed landscape below from here. While the queen used to gaze down at the city from a wooden structure, after her death, Frigyes Schulek designed a new, stone-built lookout tower here. It’s worth visiting this attraction with a combined trip that includes a ride on the chairlift from the direction of Normafa.

Erzsébet lookout tower


Budapest’s most famous lookout tower is on the János Hill, reaching 528 metres above the city, making it the highest point of the capital for over 110 years. It was named after Queen Eliz- abeth, better known as Sissy, who loved to admire the detailed landscape below from here. While the queen used to gaze down at the city from a wooden structure, after her death, Frigyes Schulek designed a new, stone-built lookout tower here. It’s worth visiting this attraction with a combined trip that includes a ride on the chairlift from the direction of Normafa.

Kaán Károly lookout tower

From Szépjuhászné-nyereg, following the yellow-marked trail, you can reach the summit of Nagy-Hárs Hill, which stands at 454 metres, in a little over half an hour. There, you will find a rustic, stone-based, wooden lookout tower. The structure commemorates Károly Kaán, a forestry engineer who contributed significantly to the preservation of natural values and the protection of numerous plant and animal species. From the different levels of the tower, you can admire various views, and from the top level above the canopy, a breathtaking panoramic view reveals itself.

Kaán Károly lookout tower

From Szépjuhászné-nyereg, following the yellow-marked trail, you can reach the summit of Nagy-Hárs Hill, which stands at 454 metres, in a little over half an hour. There, you will find a rustic, stone-based, wooden lookout tower. The structure commemorates Károly Kaán, a forestry engineer who contributed significantly to the preservation of natural values and the protection of numerous plant and animal species. From the different levels of the tower, you can admire various views, and from the top level above the canopy, a breathtaking panoramic view reveals itself.

Árpád lookout tower

After a short hike along the walking paths of the Buda Hills, which have been popular for decades, you can reach the Árpád Lookout Tower, hidden among the pine forests. Easily accessible in Bu- dapest’s 2nd district, this covered, Székely-style lookout tower has been offering a half-panoramic view of the city since 1929, including the bridges, Gellért Hill, the green ribbon of the Danube, and the prestigious building of the Parliament. Although the view may not be complete due to the surrounding villas and vegeta- tion, it is still an impressive city panorama, and all you need to do is climb up the 378-metre-high Látó Hill. It’s also easily accessible by public transport: just a few minutes’ walk from the bus stop of bus line 11 departing from Batthyány Square.

Árpád lookout tower

After a short hike along the walking paths of the Buda Hills, which have been popular for decades, you can reach the Árpád Lookout Tower, hidden among the pine forests. Easily accessible in Bu- dapest’s 2nd district, this covered, Székely-style lookout tower has been offering a half-panoramic view of the city since 1929, including the bridges, Gellért Hill, the green ribbon of the Danube, and the prestigious building of the Parliament. Although the view may not be complete due to the surrounding villas and vegeta- tion, it is still an impressive city panorama, and all you need to do is climb up the 378-metre-high Látó Hill. It’s also easily accessible by public transport: just a few minutes’ walk from the bus stop of bus line 11 departing from Batthyány Square.

Makovecz Imre lookout tower

Imre Makovecz, as the chief architect of Pilis Forest, de- signed the lookout tower on top of Kis-Hárs Hill, which you can easily recognize by its unique shape resembling a spi- ral staircase. Climb the 362-metre-high hill and admire the breathtaking panoramic view from the top, which reveals the János Hill, Tündér (Fairy) Hill, Nagy-Hárs Hill, and some iconic landmarks of the city centre. The lookout tower is part of the Budapest Makovecz Trails, which showcase the outstanding creations of the architect’s work.

Makovecz Imre lookout tower

Imre Makovecz, as the chief architect of Pilis Forest, de- signed the lookout tower on top of Kis-Hárs Hill, which you can easily recognize by its unique shape resembling a spi- ral staircase. Climb the 362-metre-high hill and admire the breathtaking panoramic view from the top, which reveals the János Hill, Tündér (Fairy) Hill, Nagy-Hárs Hill, and some iconic landmarks of the city centre. The lookout tower is part of the Budapest Makovecz Trails, which showcase the outstanding creations of the architect’s work.

Guckler Károly lookout tower

The easily recognizable Guckler Károly Lookout Tower, with its unique shape, invites you to active relaxation on the top of Hármashatár Hill, just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city life, yet surrounded by a peaceful forest environment. The octagonal wooden structure of the tower offers an open terrace with a beautiful panorama of Budapest’s city centre and the Pilis mountain range. Frequently visited by locals, the lookout point was named after Károly Guckler, a forester who played a significant role in reforestation efforts in the area. You can reach the lookout tower with a 30-minute walk from the “Fenyőgyöngye” bus stop of bus line 65.

Guckler Károly lookout tower

The easily recognizable Guckler Károly Lookout Tower, with its unique shape, invites you to active relaxation on the top of Hármashatár Hill, just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city life, yet surrounded by a peaceful forest environment. The octagonal wooden structure of the tower offers an open terrace with a beautiful panorama of Budapest’s city centre and the Pilis mountain range. Frequently visited by locals, the lookout point was named after Károly Guckler, a forester who played a significant role in reforestation efforts in the area. You can reach the lookout tower with a 30-minute walk from the “Fenyőgyöngye” bus stop of bus line 65.

Lake Naplás lookout tower

The only representative from Pest on our list is located on the shore of Budapest’s largest still water, next to Lake Naplás in the 16th district. The 22-metre-high wooden structure stretches above the treetops, providing an un- obstructed, stunning 360-degree view of the lake and the nearby Gödöllő Hills. The lookout tower fits perfectly into the green surroundings that have been transformed into a leisure area in recent decades, offering new bicycle paths, benches, fishing spots by the lakeside, as well as a reception building and parking lot.

Lake Naplás lookout tower

The only representative from Pest on our list is located on the shore of Budapest’s largest still water, next to Lake Naplás in the 16th district. The 22-metre-high wooden structure stretches above the treetops, providing an un- obstructed, stunning 360-degree view of the lake and the nearby Gödöllő Hills. The lookout tower fits perfectly into the green surroundings that have been transformed into a leisure area in recent decades, offering new bicycle paths, benches, fishing spots by the lakeside, as well as a reception building and parking lot.

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