Budapest then and now – Old photos of Budapest

Old photos of Budapest

Budapest is an exciting city with very interesting history, beautiful buildings and colorful culture. Are you wondering what this awsome city looked like in the past? Keep on reading to see old photos of Budapest!

1) Old photos of Budapest – The Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament Building is probably the most well-known building in Budapest. You most likely have already seen it at least on photos or postcards. The construction of this bulding started in 1885 and it was completed in 1904.

photos of Budapest - Parliament
Then (1922)
photos of Budapest - Parliament
Now

2) Old photos of Budapest – Elisabeth Bridge

Elisabeth Bridge is the 3rd newest bridge in Budapest. As you can see in the pictures, it looks quite different now then it did in the past.

The original bridge was built between 1897 and 1903 and unfortunately it was blown up during World War II by German armed forces.  It was completely distroyed, therefore a new bridge was built instead of it, on the same location, between 1961–1964.

Old pictures of Budapest - Elisabeth Bridge
Then (1905-1922)
Old pictures of Budapest - elisabeth Bridge
Now

3) Old photos of Budapest – Fisherman’s Bastion

The Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most magical buildings in Budapest. It is a terrace built in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style and it is situated on the Castle hill by the Matthias church. It was built between 1895 and 1902. It has seven towers that represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. It was named after the fishermen that were responsible for defending the walls of the Buda Castle in the Middle Ages.

Old photos of Budapest - Fisherman's Bastion
Then (1922)
old photos of Budapest - Fisherman's Bastion
Now

4) Old photos of Budapest – Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge is the most beautiful and probably the most photographed bidge in Budapest. It was the first permanent bridge in the city. It was opened in 1849. It was considered one of the modern world’s engineering wonders at the time it was built. It was almost completely destroyed during World War II, only its two towers survived. It was rebuilt in 1949.

Old photos of Budapest- Chain Bridge
Then (1922)
Old photos of Budapest- Chain Bridge
Now

5) Old photos of Budapest – Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad Vára) is situated in the City Park (Városliget). It was originally built from cardboard and wood to celebrate the 1000 years of Hungary, but because it became very popular, they rebuilt it from bricks and stone. It contains copies of parts of important buildings from the Kingdom of Hungary, especially the Hunyadi Castle in Transylvania. These parts were built in different architectural styles, such as Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic and Romanesque.

Old photos of Budapest - Vajdahunyad Castle
Then (1905-1922)
Old photos of Budapest - Vajdahunyad Castle
Now

6) Old photos of Budapest – Budapest Keleti railway station

The Keleti railway station is one of the three main railway stations of Budapest. It was constructed between 1881 and 1884 and at that time it was considered one of the most modern railway stations in Europe.

Old photos of Budapest - Keleti railway station
Then (1922)
Old photos of Budapest - Keleti railway station
Now

7) Old photos of Budapest – Buda Castle

The Buda Castle is an other beautiful place that you can find in old photos of Budapest. It was completed in 1265 and it served as a castle and palace complex for the Hungarian kings in Budapest. It is situated on top of the Castle Hill. It is part of the Budapest World Heritage Site. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Budapest.

Old photos of Budapest - Buda Castle
Then (1922)
Old photos of Budapest - Buda Castle
Now

8) Old photos of Budapest – View of Budapest

As you will see in these photos of Budapest, the most emblematic buildings of Budapest were already standing 100 years ago. 🙂

Old photos of Budapest
Then (1905-1922)
Old photos of Budapest
Now

I hope you enjoyed this list! 🙂

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