10 tourist destinations in Budapest that were filmed
The beautiful capital of Hungary is increasingly chosen by filmmakers as the backdrop for cinema and movie productions, because of its charming Eastern Europe. Thus, the following 10 places in Budapest become more familiar with visitors and are more sought.
1. Gellért Hotel and Baths
Situated on the banks of the Danube, Gellért Hotel and Baths has appeared in many Hungarian and foreign films. First opened in 1918, this beautiful building represents the architectural style of New Art style in Hungary at that time.
Elizabeth Taylor was here with Richard Burton, when he filmed “Bluebeard” (1972), and he donated $ 8.8 million heart-shaped Taj Mahal diamond. Madonna has also appeared in Gellért of “Evita” (1996) - about the life of Eva Perón, an Argentinean political leader, and comedian I Spy along with Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson.
2. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
This work was completed in 1906 in the Art Nouveau school, now a luxury hotel in Budapest. Room 179 has been popular here.
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace appeared in a number of films, including the action comedy “Spy”, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law. Movie fans can immerse themselves in the film's atmosphere while sipping a cocktail in the lobby bar.
3. Bálna Building
Called by its locals, this building, nicknamed "The Baths" (Bálna), is one of Budapest's most modern buildings on the banks of the Danube, designed by the Dutch architect Kas Oosterhuis. There are enough shops, bars, restaurants, and also used as a conference center.
This location is the setting for NASA headquarters in Ridley Scott's science fiction film “The Martian”, as well as appearing on CBS's “Ransom” television series. It also featured in the blockbusters as “Mars 2”, “Robin Hood” and “Blade Runner 2049”.
4. Andrássy Boulevard and Oktogon Crossroads
Built in 1887 to connect the city center to the city park, Andrássy Avenue is the perfect backdrop for large budget films. The shady tree-lined road that is recognized as a World Heritage site is a must-visit for visitors to Budapest.
Walking on this magnificent boulevard, visitors will experience many scenes that have appeared in films, such as Bel Ami (2012). This film starring Robert Pattinson transformed the streets of Budapest into a Paris in the 19th century.
5. St. Stephen's Basilica
Started in 1851, this magnificent neoclassical church was completed in 1905, under the design of various architects. This is the largest church in Hungary with a capacity of more than 8,500 visitors.
The streets around the cathedral were featured in “Inferno” (2016) of Tom Hanks and NBC's “Royal Pains” drama. Many scenes of “Evita” were filmed in front of the church.
This popular place is located in the 7th district of Budapest, enjoyed by many visitors because of the daytime flea market and the bars and restaurants. This is also a place to attract many film crews.
Gozsdu-udvar is a small courtyard, dating back to the 1900s. It featured prominently in Arnold Schwarzenegger's “Red Heat” (1988), which depicts scenes of Moscow's middle streets. Tony Scott's “Spy Game”, starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt, was also filmed in Gozsdu-udvar.
7. Hungarian National Opera House
Among the beautiful buildings on Andrássy Avenue, this theater is a great place for opera and ballet.
Director Francis Lawrence filmed the opening scenes of the film “Red Sparrow” here. Meanwhile, with Woody Allen's “Love and Death” (1975), the theater was erected at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Louis. Petersburg. Street scenes around the theater also appeared in “Munich” by Steven Spielberg (2005). “Phantom of the Opera” (1998) is used here as a costly context.
8. Hungarian Parliament Building and the Danube River
As the main tourist attraction in Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament Building on the banks of the Danube River attracts over 600,000 visitors each year, as it is considered Europe's most beautiful parliament building. You can take a trip on the green Danube River to admire the Hungarian Parliament Building.
If "Transporter 3" was directed by Jason Statham giving the audience a glimpse of the building, "Atomic Blonde" was filmed along the river.
9. Heroes Square
The square built in 1896 is not only a great setting for filmmakers but also for many visitors. Here is the tomb of unknown soldiers and the important leaders of Hungary. The blockbuster “A Good Day to Die Hard” (2013) was filmed here.
10. Statue of Liberty
This venue provides a unique setting for filmmakers, attracting both locals and visitors. There are American embassies, parks, cafes, concert venues.
Scenes in “Blade Runner 2049” are shot here and the nearby streets. This public space is also used in “Spy” and “Atomic Blonde”.
By: Scarlet Johnson