Modern Architecture: Beautiful Modern Buildings in Budapest

If you like modern buildings, contemporary architecture, you will like Budapest – although the first impression is that every nice building was built in the 19th century – which is admittedly true. Yet there are beautiful contemporary designs in Budapest, Hungary. See our list of the best buildings.

Contemporary Architecture Budapest

Budapest has a wide range of modern buildings that are really fine examples of contemporary architecture.

Contemporary architecture - Budapest Palace of Arts

Contemporary architecture – Budapest Palace of Arts

  • Lanchid 19 Hotel – a four star design hotel by the Chain Bridge in Budapest with exquisite window solutions imitating the waves of the river Danube
  • Millenaris Park Cultural Centre – the former industrial complex is now one of the most popular cultural centres in Budapest, Hungary
  • Palace of Arts (MUPA): the Budapest Palace of Arts cultural complex with jazz, world music, classical music concerts, the contemporary fine art Ludwig Museum, etc. is by the modern Rakoczi Bridge, Budapest
  • Erzsebet ter Club on, or rather under Erzsebet ter Budapest (by Deak ter, city centre):  a bar, concert venue and exhibition hall in the heart of the city. The venue was originally meant to be the National Theatre in Budapest but the theatre was moved to another place, by the Palace of Arts (MUPA)
  • Hotel Corvinus Kempinski, by Erzsebet ter / Deak ter features postmodern colours and forms: now it is one of the luxury hotels in Budapest but when it was built it was The only five star luxury hotel in Budapest
  • Holocaust Memorial Centre: Frank O. Gehry, probably the most well known contemporary architect said that two things made a deep impression on him when visiting Budapest: the panoramic views (see the views from the Fisherman’s Bastion and from the Citadel on Gellert Hill) and the Budapest Holocaust Memorial Centre. The centre is in Pava street in the 9th district of Budapest (District IX) 2 blocks from the Corvin quarters metro station (M3 blue line). The Budapest Holocaust Memorial Centre organically incorporates the Pava street Synagogue, which used to be the second largest synagogue in Budapest (until the huge, 3,000 – seat Dohany Street Great Synagogue has been built).
  • Trafo Budapest: theatre, concert venue and more
  • House of Terror Museum: the House of Terror (Terror Háza) is in the former HQ of the secret police of the Hungarian Communist Party. The 19th century building has been turned into a contemporary architectural piece inside and a bit outside too
  • ING Headquarters Budapest (by Erick van Egeraat) in Dózsa György út
  • Fény utca Market Hall: the contemporary Market Hall in Feny utca, Budapest is worth a visit for its vendors and the savoury Hungarian snack Langos. But if you happen to be in the neighbourhood (and why wouldn’t you when the exciting Millenaris Park is a 3 min walk?) you should take a look around and try Langos too.
  • Light Corner Office Building in Budapest, Margit körút
  • Mecsetház residential building designed by T2a (Gabor Turanyi and Bence Turanyi)
  • Gül Baba residential houses: number 23 and Gul Baba Apartment House
Erzsebet ter Club Budapest Contemporary Buildings

Erzsebet Square Club Budapest Contemporary Buildings (photo MTI)

The list is not comprehensive.Further great sources about the contemporary architecture of Budapest:

7 interactive tours of Budapest Contemporary Architecture in English: a great website, with loads of info, suitable for preparing your self guided tour:

Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre in Budapest (Kortárs Epiteszeti Kozpont):