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Buda Castle

The historical residence of Hungarian royalty, this impressive palace complex has seen a series of transformations since the mid-13th century.

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There’s lots to see in Buda Castle, so wear some comfy shoes and take your sore feet to the thermal baths afterwards

Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of Hungarian kings in Budapest. It was first built in the 13th century by King Béla IV to defend against the invading Mongol hordes, but the foundations of today’s castle were set in the 14th century with a Romanesque design built by King Lajos the Great. It has shape-shifted ever since - from Gothic to Renaissance, from Baroque to neo-Baroque - partly because it kept being battered: over the years, the castle has been besieged no less than thirty one times. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Culture concentrate

Buda Castle is home to the Budapest History Museum and the National Széchényi Library, named after one of Count István Széchenyi, one of Hungary’s great polymaths from the 19th century. The National Gallery is found there too, displaying a comprehensive selection of Hungarian art, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day, including a fine collection of Mihály Munkácsy’s works, who stands among Hungary’s most important painters.


Fountain of love

Matthias Fountain, just west of the main dome, is probably Budapest’s most famous fountain. It shows a scene from the legend of King Matthias and the peasant Ilonka. It’s theatricality is reminiscent of the Trevi Fountain in Rome: a hunting party, led by Matthias, stand on boulders with water running down through the cracks. Matthias holds a crossbow, and a huge dead stag lie at his feet. To his left stands Ilonka; as the story goes, they fell in love with he was hunting incognito. When she found out who he was and assumed their love was impossible, she died of a broken heart.

Nearby Attractions

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St Stephen's Basilica
A neoclassical cathedral dedicated to the first Christian king of Hungary; his (alleged) right hand is housed in its reliquary.
Budapest Castle Hill
A focal point of the city's history, Castle Hill hosts the most iconic monuments of Budapest.
Matthias Church
The site of several historic coronations and weddings, Matthias Church has also seen its fair share of architectural controversy.
Fisherman's Bastion
Known as the Halászbástya, this stunning fin-de-siècle terrace is dedicated to the guild of fishermen who defended the city walls in the middle ages.
Gellért Hill
Named after a saint who was rolled to his death from here in a barrel, this hill offers magnificent views of the Budapest skyline.
Inner-City Mother Church of the Blessed Virgin
In 1046, Bishop St Gellert was buried at Budapest's Inner City Parish Church, the main parish church which stands today.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of the Buda Castle District
In this four hour walking tour, your expert local guide will take  you to some of the important historical and cultural sites of the Buda. As it was once the capital of Hungary, the Buda area of the town contains monuments that define the city’s legacy. 

  • Commence your tour on Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramas of the city 
  • Visit the stunning Matthias Church 
  • Enjoy a short stop at the Fisherman's Bastion, offering stunning panoramic views
  • Explore the gardens of Buda Castle and learn about the Hungarian monarchy
  • Proceed to Gellért Hill, which again offers admirable views of the city 
  • End your tour at Gellért thermal baths, and snap photos of the intricate architecture 
Origins of Budapest

Budapest is widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, home to an incredible array of World Heritage Sites and stunning architecture that draws millions of tourists each year. The Danube river splits the Buda side of the city from the Pest which, having both been independent cities originally, were unified to become Budapest in 1873.  The multitude of hot springs have made the city famous for its public baths which come in a variety of architectural styles from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau. 

Panoramic Views over the City

Your private guide will begin your tour on Castle Hill, which stands more than 100m above the Danube and offers outstanding panoramas of the city. Here you will find the stunning Matthias Church dating back five centuries. The Fisherman’s Bastion is also worth your attention, a terrace with stunning views dedicated to the fisherman that defended the city walls in the middle ages. Buda castle is the historical residence of the Kings and Queens of Hungary, an imposing building that has undergone a series of transformations since the mid-13th century, and on this tour you will explore the gardens with your guide.

As you wander to Gellért Hill, enjoy yet another stunning vantage point to admire the city in all its glory. The hill was named after Saint Gerald who was thrown to his death here. Build with impressive Art Nouveau architecture dating back to the 20th century, the Gellért thermal baths are the quintessential place to spend the rest of your day. Your guide will depart with you here, so you can pop into the bath-house and enjoy Gellért at your leisure. 
Buda Castle District Live Virtual Tour
We’re all missing different things during this challenging year and amongst the raft of restrictions? Travel

Are you wondering when you will be able to travel overseas again or thinking about your next destination? Have you had to postpone or cancel a much anticipated holiday this year? Has your next vacation planning been put on hold due to these uncertain times? 

If you are feeling the same itch to reach for your passport and hop on a flight anywhere, we have the perfect solution!

At Travel Curious we have launched Live Virtual Tours globally to help ease the struggle and bring you closer to the destinations you would love to visit in the future, or virtually take you to places you've been before and that you would like to see one more time.

On this Live Virtual Tour, we will take you to main sites of the Buda Castle in Budapest; a historic castle and palace complex where you get a breathtaking panorama view of the Danube with the Chain Bridge and the Pest side of the city on the opposite side of the river.

This Private 'Buda Castle District Live Virtual Tour' will start at the Fisherman’s bastion taking in the amazing views of Pest. Even though doesn’t allow for much fishing, the name honours the medieval guild of the fishermen, which historically protected this stretch of the district. 

After that, your guide will take you by the Matthias Church which is famous for its Gothic elegance, colourful roof tiles, and the Art Nouveau frescoes and mosaics within. 

The next stop will be at the statue to the Holy Trinity before walking down the medieval streets of the castle’s residential area to reach the Alexander Palace.

IMPORTANT

  • This experience will be broadcasted live from the location, no Powerpoint presentations are involved.
  • The Live Virtual Tour will be on the platform Zoom, and you will receive a link in your email to gain access.
  • The recording of the tour will be available for all participants to keep for the future.
  • It's designed as a private experience for you and your group. Each person can be connected from one device.
  • The price is set per tour is for a maximum of 12 people. If your party is larger, please contact us for a customised tour. Send us an email to reservations@travelcurious.com
  • Date and Time may be affected by weather conditions to guarantee the best experience.
  • Please note the start times are expressed in local time so take into consideration the time difference with your location.
Buda Castle District Night Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, we will take you to main sites of a lovely illuminated Buda Castle in Budapest; a historic castle and palace complex where you get a breathtaking panorama view of the Danube while crossing the enchanting Chain Bridge and the Pest side of the city on the opposite side of the river under the moonlight.

Itinerary

This Private 'Buda Castle District Live Virtual Tour' will start at the Fisherman’s bastion taking in the amazing views of Pest. Even though doesn’t allow for much fishing, the name honours the medieval guild of the fishermen, which historically protected this stretch of the district. 

After that, your guide will take you by the Matthias Church which is famous for its Gothic elegance, colourful roof tiles, and the Art Nouveau frescoes and mosaics within. 

The next stop will be at the statue to the Holy Trinity before walking down the medieval streets of the castle’s residential area to reach the Alexander Palace.

Preparing for your tour

  • This experience will be broadcasted live from the streets, no Powerpoint presentations are involved.
  • The Live Virtual Tour will be on the platform Zoom, and you will receive a link in your email to gain access.
  • The recording of the tour will be available for all participants to keep for the future.
  • It's designed as an entirely private experience for you and your group and each person can be connected from one device.
  • If you want a customized tour, please send us an email to reservations@travelcurious.com
  • Date and Time may be affected by weather conditions to guarantee the best experience.
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