The beautiful capital of Hungary has been increasingly chosen by film-makers as a backdrop for film and television productions, because of its charming “aftertaste” of Eastern Europe. As a result, the following 5 locations in Budapest become more familiar with visitors and are more sought after.
- Gellért Hotel and Baths
Located on the banks of the Danube, Gellért Hotel and Baths appears in many Hungarian and foreign films. Opened for the first time in 1918, this beautiful building represented the architectural style of New Art in Hungary at that time.
Elizabeth Taylor was here with Richard Burton, when the actor filmed the movie Bluebeard (1972), and was awarded a heart-shaped diamond Taj Mahal worth up to $ 8.8 million. Madonna also appeared at Gellért while filming Evita (1996) – about the life of Eva Perón, an Argentine political leader, and the comedy I Spy with Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson.
2. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
This work was completed in 1906 in the New Art school, now a luxurious hotel in Budapest. Room 179 here has been chosen by many celebrities.
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace has appeared in many cinematographic productions, such as the action comedy Spy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law. Movie “believers” can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of a movie while sipping a cocktail at the bar lounge here.
3. Bálna building
Called by locals for its shape, this building nicknamed the “Whale” (Bálna) is one of Budapest’s most modern structures on the banks of the Danube, by Dutch architect Kas. Oosterhuis design. There are enough shops, bars, restaurants, and also used as a conference center.
The location is set for NASA headquarters in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi movie The Martian, as well as appearing in the CBS television series Ransom. The studio also starred in blockbusters like Mars 2, Robin Hood, Blade Runner 2049.
4. Andrássy Boulevard and Oktogon intersection
Built in 1887 to connect the city center to the city park, Andrássy Boulevard is the perfect setting for big budget films. This tree-lined path recognized as a world heritage site is a must-visit for travelers to Budapest.
Walking on this beautiful avenue, visitors will come across many scenes that have appeared in films, such as Bel Ami (2012). This film, starring Robert Pattinson, turned the streets of Budapest into a 19th-century Parisian setting.
5. St. Stephen’s Basilica
Starting in 1851, this magnificent neoclassical church was not completed until 1905, under the design of various architects. This is the largest church in Hungary with a capacity of over 8,500 visitors, inside the interior has intricate ceiling paintings.
The streets around the cathedral have been featured in Tom Hanks’ blockbuster Inferno (2016) and NBC’s Royal Pains. Many scenes of Evita were also filmed in front of this church.