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Red Sparrow
Genre Year Box office Rotten Tomatoes
Mystery & Suspense 2018 n/a n/a
Travel Interest Director
City Break Francis Lawrence

Red Sparrow is the eagerly awaited espionage thriller that sees actress Jennifer Lawrence join forces once more with The Hunger Games franchise filmmaker Francis Lawrence. Set for global release in March 2018, the movie tells the story of a once prima ballerina turned Russian intelligence officer (Jennifer Lawrence) who falls for a CIA agent acting as a spy in Russia (Joel Edgerton) who she should expose.

Although much of the action supposedly takes place in the Finnish and Russian cities of Helsinki and Moscow, it is the Hungarian capital of Budapest that represents both in the movie. So if you’re looking for things to do in Budapest, you can go on your own sightseeing tour of some of the iconic locations, and you’ll feel like you’re exploring Helsinki and Moscow too! So, to help you find the sites of some of the most memorable scenes from the forthcoming movie, here’s our essential guide.

The cast flew out to Budapest in January 2017 and were spotted filming Red Sparrow in numerous locations around the city. Although we won’t know exactly what part these settings play in the movie until its release, we do know where some of the most prominent filming locations were.

Jennifer Lawrence was photographed filming in Heroes Square, known locally as Hősök Tere, which is Budapest’s largest and most impressive square and honors many important Hungarian national leaders, as well as being home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Other prominent filming locations include Buda Castle, the historic castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings, and Chain Bridge, which has also featured in other espionage flicks including the similarly named Spy, featuring Jude Law, and I Spy, with Owen Wilson.

After all that time shooting, the cast and crew are certainly entitled to some time off. During her time in Budapest, Jennifer Lawrence was spotted partying in District VII’s Klub Vittula, one of the stylishly dilapidated ‘ruin bars’ that the city is so renowned for.

Budapest is a stunning city with an incredible range of cultural, historical and architectural attractions to satisfy just about every visitor’s taste. There’s also a vibrant nightlife, with the city’s famous ruin bars. Think old factories, abandoned department stores and former apartment complexes, converted into bars, clubs and eclectic hangouts and filled with communist relics, street art and cheap drinks.

The low prices you’ll find in the city’s bars are also evident in every aspect of your trip. Budapest hotels offer excellent value and while a view of the River Danube will see the cost skyrocket, there are still plenty of affordable options located centrally. Car hire in Budapest is also extremely economical, and although it’s not necessary when travelling within the city itself, it is an excellent way to explore more of the beautiful country of Hungary. On top of this, flights to Budapest also represent excellent value, particularly when flying from elsewhere in Europe.

With so much to see and do in Budapest, it really is difficult to know where to start. The city is actually made up of what were once two separate cities, Buda and Pest, which are separated by the Danube. Pest is the busier of the two districts, but cross the 19th century Szécheny Chain Bridge and you’ll find yourself in the hilly, much quieter Buda, where many of the city’s most historic landmarks are located. That includes the stunning 13th century Matthias Church and the idyllic turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views across the city.

Back in Pest, the Gothic-Revival style Hungarian Parliament Building is a must-see, while the House of Terror gives visitors a fascinating insight into Hungary’s 20th-century fascist and communist past.