Guided tour

Budapest: St Stephen's Basilica Tour

Activity provider: Tourist Angel

Budapest: St Stephen's Basilica Tour

Activity provider: Tourist Angel

From US$ 16.30 per person

Skip the line and take a guided tour of St Stephen's Basilica. Learn about its history, admire its artworks, and see the Holy Right relic. Choose the option to visit the dome terrace and treasury.

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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Saint Stephen's Basilica, the most well-known Catholic church in Budapest
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line entry and save your precious vacation time
  • Take a guided tour of the church and admire its monumental artwork and relics
  • Learn the history behind each turn with insightful commentary from your guide
  • See the Treasury and enjoy the view from the dome (extended and private options)
Full description

Explore St. Stephen's Basilica, one of Budapest’s highlights, known for its monumental dome and beautiful Neo-Renaissance architecture. Find a perfect spot to admire the lavishly decorated exterior and discover its history on a guided tour inside the church.

Meet your tour guide in front of the ticket office and start your guided tour to explore St. Stephen's Basilica. Discover its rich gold interior, many frescoes, and sculptures made by the renowned artists of the late 19th century.

See the Holy Right, the naturally mummified right hand of the first Hungarian king, Saint Stephen, who ruled the country in the 11th century and converted Hungarians to Christianity. Learn about the 1,000-year-old Christian history of this nation.

Choose the extended tour option or the private guided tour option to get to the top of the building. Take an elevator to the panoramic terrace around the dome, a lookout point above Budapest. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the whole city. 

Climb a few steps inside the Southern Tower and explore the Treasury and Basilica exhibition. See several liturgical objects and artworks, including a replica of the crown worn by the kings of Hungary. 

Learn about the history of the building and about Cardinal Mindszenty, the Catholic church leader of the 1950s and 1960s who was tortured and imprisoned by the Communist regime.

Includes
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Basilica
  • Guided tour of the church
  • Entry to the panoramic terrace and treasury (if the extended tour option selected)
  • Guided tour of the panoramic terrace and treasury (if the private tour option selected)
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide in front of St. Stephen's Basilica Ticket Office. It is on the square, 50 meters to the right from the steps of St Stephen's Basilica, next to the Starbucks coffee shop. Your tour guide will hold a sign "Guided Tour", staying a few meters away near Starbucks, if there is a crowd at the ticket office.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    •  The church is closed on some special occasions like wedding ceremonies
    • Please wear clothes appropriate for a church (no sleeveless tops, short skirts or shorts); men should uncover their heads
    •  It is forbidden to eat, drink, or smoke in the church area
    •  To reach the dome panorama terrace there are 2 elevators: a bigger one in the lower part and a smaller one in the upper part of the building; instead of using the second smaller elevator you may climb about 200 steps to reach the top of the dome, in case there are too many people waiting for the elevator
    •  People who cannot climb steep steps should choose the tour option for people with limited mobility. Unfortunately this option is still not suitable for wheelchair users
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 203 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Service
      4.8/5
    • Organization
      4.9/5

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    Guide was waiting 25 mins before scheduled start time and she was very informative throughout the entire tour. Great basilica full of history with a cracking view if you go up top. Only downside is that as it was a tour you feel a little rushed. It would be nice if even after the tour you could go back inside and sit in the church and look at your own pace without needing to buy another ticket

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    January 15, 2023

    We were late due to taxi drop off at the wrong location. Bea waited for us and kept in close communication. We were able to have the complete tour. Bea is knowledgeable and very personable and a great guide that we would highly recommend. The view from the tower of the city and the Christmas market was awesome

    December 13, 2022

    The cathedral is beautiful and a must visit. The tour guide was amazing and she has a lot of knowledge about the place. She also took pictures of us at the top of the basilica and she was very very polite and kind. This tour was amazing. You should go for it!!

    December 3, 2022

    Product ID: 278292