St. Stephen’s Basilica

Szent Istvan Bazilika, The Largest Church in Hungary

St. Stephen’s Basilica, the largest church of Budapest is located in the heart of the city

It is dedicated to Hungary’s first king, St. Stephen.

About 8 500 people can get in the beautiful Neoclassical cathedral at the same time.

Apart from its vastness, the Basilica offers some unique attractions and programs:

  • It houses Hungary’s most sacred treasure, St. Stephen’s mummified right hand, the Szent Jobb (Holy Right Hand),
  • The Panorama Terrace up in the cupola and offers a birds’ eye view of the wholecity
  • Several musical programs are organised in the church throughout the year.

The spacious St. Stephen Square offers plenty of terraced cafes and bistros to people watch by a cup of coffee.

St Stephen's Basilica front view on a summer day

Visiting St. Stephen’s Basilica


  • Address: Szt. István tér 1, Bp., 1051, district V. (View on Map)

Getting there by public transport:

  • M3 (blue line) metro, Arany János utca station or
  • Trams 2, 23, get off at Széchenyi István tér or Eötvös tér stop – cc. 500-600 m by walk either tram stops

Opening Hours for Tourists in 2024:


  • Monday – Saturday : 09.00 – 17.45, Ticket purchase: 09.00 – 17.15
  • Sunday: 13.00 – 17.45, Ticket purchase: 12.30 – 17.15

Note: Religious ceremonies might alter the general opening hours.

Panorama Terrace & Treasury Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Sunday: 09.00 – 19.00
  • Ticket purchase: between: 09.00 – 18.30

Admission To The Basilica – Ticket Prices in 2024:

Note: If you want to see the Basilica inside you have to buy a visitor ticket. The ticket office is not in the church, but to the right of Szent István Square, when facing the chruch (at cc. 80 m distance). Online tickets need to be converted to paper tickets there too.

Church Only Visitor Tickets:

  • Full price: 2 300 HUF,
  • Students/retirees: 1 700 HUF,
  • Family (2 kids + 2 adults): 5 500 HUF
  • Children under the age of 6: free

Panorama Terrace & Treasury Tickets:

The lookout terrace up in the cupola offers a fanatastic 360° view of the city.

The small treasury is on the second level of the church – before you reach the terrace.

You can get to both locations either by taking the stairs or the elevator.

  • Full price: 4 300 HUF,
  • Students/retirees: 3 400 HUF,
  • Family (2 kids + 2 adults): 13 600 HUF
  • Children under the age of 6: free
the brown window paned entry and exit doors to the Basilica ticket office
Basilica Ticket Office

Combined Tickets (Church, Treasury, Panorama Terrace):

  • Full price: 6 000 HUF,
  • Students/retirees: 4 800 HUF,
  • Family (2 kids + 2 adults): 17 400 HUF
  • Children under the age of 6: free

🎶 Organ Concerts in the Basilica

St. Stephen’s Cathedral has great acoustics that you can experience on organ concert series on

Thursdays at 20.00 performed by one of Hungary’s most talented pipe organ players, Kolos Kováts.

Price of the Concert (based on seating):

  • 1st cat: 38 EUR, 2nd cat: 34 EUR, 3rd cat: 29 EUR
  • Students: 1st cat: 36 EUR, 2nd cat: 31 EUR, 3rd cat: 25EUR

TIP #1: You can combine the concert with a night river cruise on the Danube (includes 4-course buffet dinner).

TIP #2: The Church of St. Michael in Váci Street or the St. Anne Church on Batthyány square in Buda also host organ concerts on a regular basis.

👉 Find more organ concerts in Budapest.

Buy Visitor & Organ Concert Tickets To St. Stephen’s Basilica:

St. Stephen's Basilica inside

Visitor Ticket to The St. Stephen’s Basilica

Every Day

Price: From €9

Grand Organ

Organ Concerts Basilica

70-min concert with flute soloist

Every Thursday at 20.00

 Price: From €38

St Stephens Basilica Interior

Basilica: Grand Organ Concert & Tickets

(All-Inclusive Ticket: Church, Panorama Terrace, Treasury + 20-min concert on the grand organ)

Every Wednesday

Price:  From €51

Guided Tours in English

You can arrange for a guide tour of the cathedral via email (minimum 48 hours before your visit). Ticket prices in English and German language is 32 600 HUF for a group of max. 15 persons.

This price doesn’t include the church visitor ticket.

The Guided Tour Includes:

  • The church, chapel and the floodlit Holy Right of St. Stephen
  • Treasury
  • Panorama view from the cupola (only between 1st April-31st October)
the mumified fist - in st stephen's basilica
Holy Right Hand of King St. Stephen

TIP: The Hotel Central Basilica is a fine 3-star Hotel in Budapest City Centre. A great choice if you want to be close to all the sights, restaurants and nightclubs.

Mass Order in the Basilica


  • 08:30 – Mass
  • 10:00 – Great Mass
  • 12:00 – Holy Mass
  • 17:00 – Holy Mass in English in the Chapel of the Holy Right
  • 18:00


  • 07:00 – Holy Mass (Chapel of the Holy Right)
  • 08:00 – Holy Mass (Chapel of the Holy Right)
  • 18:00 – Holy Mass


It took more than 5 decades and 3 architects to build Budapest’s Basilica. Several misfortunate events delayed the works.

József Hild made the designs in 1845 but because of the 1848/49 Revolution and War of Independence works started only in 1851.

After the death of Hild, Miklós Ybl, designer of the Opera House took over overseeing the construction.

In 1868 the dome collapsed, luckily nobody died. Ybl drew up new plans and building started again almost from scratch. He couldn’t see his work completed, since he died in 1891.

József Krauser finished St Stephen’s Basilica in 1906. According to the rumor, at the consecration mass Emperor Francis Joseph kept looking upwards afraid of another collapse of the dome.

The building suffered heavy damages during the bombings in World War II. Reconstructions have only started in the 1980-ies and were finished just recently.

Front view of St Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Numbers

Hungary’s second largest church can take in 8 500 people. It occupies 4 147 square metres.

  • Length of the chancel: 86 m,
  • Width: 55 m,
  • Height of the Towers: 86 m
  • Total height of the building: 96 m exactly the same as that of the Budapest Parliament

The largest bell of the country tolls in the right tower. It weighs 9 tons.

The cathedral has a couple of marvelous stained glass windows designed by Miksa Róth like the one on the photo.


József Hild designed a large neoclassical church similar to the basilica in Esztergom.

The ground plan forms a Greek cross.

Because of the vicinity of the Danube huge foundations had to be constructed that resulted in an underground cellar almost as large as the subsurface building.

Many art treasures and precious documents survived down there the second world war.

After Hild’s death, Ybl reworked the plans creating a neo-Renaissance style church.

You can recognise Ybl’s work at the main facade and the wall along Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út.

Ionic columns and statues of the twelve apostles adorn the outside walls.

The interior of the Basilica

Inside the Basilica

You can really experience the vastness of the church from the inside. Walk around and view the works of famous contemporary artists who decorated the interior of the chancel.

They dedicated most of their works to St. Stephen (975-1038), Hungary’s first king. He converted the nomad Hungarian

tribes into Christianity, thus managed to found a strong state between Western and Eastern European empires of the era.

Although it’s a bit dark inside, you can still admire the marvellous frescoes, statues and mosaics.

  • Main Altar: statue of St. Stephen carved out from Carrara marble by Alajos Stróbl, Gabriel archangel holds the Holy Crown above the head of the king.
  • The 96 m high Dome stands out from the mass of office buildings and apartments in Pest. Four pillars hold the massive structure. A fresco of God the Father dominates the center of the cupola.
  • The Patrona Hungariae Altar by Gyula Benczúr depicts St Stephen offering the Hungarian Crown to the Virgin Mary and asking her to be a patron of Hungary.
  • The Holy Right of St. Stephen: You can see the most precious treasure of Hungary, the mummified right fist of King Stephen in a small chapel to the left of the Main Altar. The relic is kept in an ornate glass cabinet. Insert a 100 Ft coin and the cabinet lights up.

On 20th August, St Stepehen’s Day, the Holy Right is carried around the Basilica in a procession.

Beautiful stained glass window inside St. Stephen's Basilica

More Interior Photos:

Inside the Basilica
Main altar of the Basilica
part of the domed ceiling

Panorama Terrace in the Cupola – Magnificent Vista of Budapest

You can admire one of the city’s best panoramic views from the lookout terrace in the cupola. You have two options to get there: take the stairs or the elevator.

You’ll climb out into the inside of the dome in a wrought iron construction, and you’ll get to the space between the outside and inside of the dome.

Quite an exciting adventure, but the view will compensate you for the trouble. You have to buy a ticket to visit the panorama terrace.


  • Every day: 09:00 -19:00
Bell tower of the Basilica
Panoramic view from the lookout terrace
Bell tower of the Basilica


The small tresury is located on the 2nd level, accessible by a winding stone stair or elevator.

You can visit it with a combined ticket (church, reasury. lookout terrace) or just with a ticket to just the treasury and panorama terrace.

See prices above.

Attractions Nearby in Budapest City Center

You can find numerous attractions in the neighbourhood since district V. is the inner city of Budapest, the centre of business and administration.

The spacious Szt. István Square, where the basilica stands, is great for a walk.

Two fountains stand on the square dedicated to St. Stephen and to his wife Gizella.

The square is flanked by benches and terraced cafes. You can have a nice meal or coffee in one of the numerous fine cafes and restaurants.

people sitting on a bench on Szt Istvan square

🍦 Gelarto Rosa Ice Cream Parlor

In summer, taste the delicious Italian-style ice cream at Gelarto Rosa just a few steps from the Basilica:

A rose is formed artfully from the ice cream making the cool summer dessert pleasing to both the eye and the taste buds.

Besides gelato, they have macarons, bonbons, chocolate, cakes, waffles, coffee and hot chocolate.

You can enjoy the desserts in the small terrace facing the Basilica.

Andrássy Avenue is just a short walk with the Opera House and other examples of great architecture.

Vörösmarty Square with the Gerbeaud Cafe is within walking distance too. See other tips on what to see and do in downtown Budapest.

a middle-aged dark haired woman with glasses holding two cones of rose shaped ice cream in her hands in front of Gelarto Rosa ice Cream Shop

☕ Restaurants, Cafes, Bars Near The Basilica

Szent István Square and the neighbouring streets are chock full of places to eat and drink at. The choice ranges from

  • Michelin-star bistros, like BorKonyha, to
  • Street food places like Bamba Marha Burger, and
  • International eateries like Akademia Italia or Japanika, as well as
  • wine bars like DiVino or 0.75 Bistro

Events at the Basilica

The sprawling plaza in at the foot of the Basilica gives home to several events each year including

🎄 Advent Festival & Christmas Fair on Szt. István Square,

Planned Date: November 29- 2024 – January 01 2025

  • the tall Christmas tree,
  • the giant Advent wreath and
  • an ice skating rink (free for children under 14)

lend an enchanting atmosphere to the city’s 2nd biggest holiday season event, the biggest being the Christmas Fair & Winter Festival at Vörösmarty Sqr

Light mapping show, concerts, lots of local food and drinks make this a must-see program in the festive season.

Find out more about the Advent Fair & Festival by the Basilica!

Entrance to the advent festival at budapest basilica at night

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