St. Stephen’s Basilica, the largest Church in Budapest, is dedicated to Hungary’s first king, St. Stephen, who ruled the kingdom in the 11th century and converted Hungarians to Christianity.
The Basilica is famous for its historical value and its beautiful Neoclassical architecture.
The highlight of the St. Stephen’s Basilica is The Holy Right, a naturally mummified right hand of the first Hungarian ruler Saint Stephen.
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What to expect at St. Stephen’s Basilica
Built-in the second half of the nineteenth century, Saint Stephen’s Basilica is a highlight of Budapest, famed for its towering dome and exquisite Neo-Renaissance architecture.
During your guided tour of St. Stephen’s Basilica, you will see the Church’s opulent interior, covered in real gold and embellished with many frescos and sculptures created by the best late-nineteenth-century local artisans.
Then, take an elevator to the panoramic terrace around the dome, an excellent viewing point over Budapest, and continue your guided tour.
The tour then takes you to Basilica’s treasury and history museum, which you can explore at your leisure.
You will also learn about Cardinal Mindszenty, a courageous Catholic leader who was tortured and imprisoned during Communist rule.
When you go up the cupola tower (the right tower) of the Basilica, you can admire some of the finest views of Budapest city.
St. Stephen’s Basilica tour tickets
St Stephen’s Basilica guided tour tickets get you access to the Church, the treasury, the historical museum, as well as the panoramic terrace.
The guided tour of st. Stephen Basilica lasts around one hour, and the local expert stays with you all through the experience.
You will be compensated with a guided tour of the treasury and history exhibits if the Church cannot be seen due to an unforeseen special ceremony.
Since this is a Skip The Line St. Stephen’s Basilica ticket, you can avoid the lines at the ticket counter, show your ticket on the smartphone and walk in.
You can cancel this ticket up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
Cost of ticket: 13000 Ft (€35)
Note: Those who cannot walk high stairs should opt for the ‘tour for those with restricted mobility’ on the booking page. Unfortunately, this option is still not suitable for wheelchair users.
On some special occasions, such as weddings, the Church remains closed.
Please dress modestly in Church (no sleeveless tops, short skirts, or shorts). Men should uncover their heads.
There are two elevators to access the dome panorama terrace: one in the lower part of the building and one in the higher portion. During crowded times, instead of taking the second smaller elevator, you can climb around 200 steps to the top of the dome.
How to reach Stephen’s Basilica
St. Stephen’s Basilica address is Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary. Get Directions
It is best to take public transport to get to the attraction.
Take the M3 (blue line) metro to reach Arany János Utca station from where the St Stephen’s Basilica is only a seven-minute walk.
St. Stephen’s Basilica timings
St. Stephen’s Basilica is open from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays.
On Saturdays, it is open from 9 am to 1 pm, while on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Occasionally religious ceremonies may alter the general opening hours.
The panorama lookout in the Dome of the building follows different timings.
November to March: Every day from 10 am to 4.30 pm
April, May, October: Every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm
June, July, August, September: Every day 10 am to 6.30 pm
For mass timings, check out the official website.
Organ Concert in St. Stephen’s Basilica
The organ performance will be held at St. Stephen’s Basilica, one of Budapest’s most beautiful neo-classical buildings.
The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous and talented concerts and oratorio singers in Hungary.
He won the Liszt Ferenc Prize, the Merit of Art Award, and the Kossuth Award.
Eleonóra Krusic, who has performed in numerous orchestras in Hungary and abroad, also adds a flute performance to the program.
Cost of tickets
Adult ticket: 10750 Ft (€29)
Student ticket (6+ years, with ID): 9270 Ft (€25)
Classical concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica
Enjoy a fantastic classical concert at St. Stephen’s Basilica in the heart of Budapest.
The venue is one of the city’s most stunning structures, but it’s not the only thing that will be breathtaking during the evening.
Listen to world-class musicians perform the best of classical music.
Depending on your interests and budget, you can choose from three different concerts and four different seating options.
Cost of ticket: 11865 Ft (€32)