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Matthias Church

The site of several historic coronations and weddings, Matthias Church has also seen its fair share of architectural controversy.

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Music events are hosted here too. Check out their popular concert series with Hungarian musicians!

Found on Castle Hill, this historic church is over 700 years old. It is a place fit for kings: it has been the site of several coronations, including that of the last Habsburg King Charles IV in 1916. It earned its name by virtue of the fact that King Matthias Corvinus married Beatriz here in 1474, ushering in a time when Castle Hill was the jewel of Buda as it became an increasingly influential European city.


Each part of the church dates back from a different era, and together they provide a cross-section of Budapest’s turbulent history. The eastern gate was built in the 13th century, when citizens moved to Castle Hill for protection from the Mongols. The central part of the church was built in the 14th century, and from then on it was the place to crown kings. During the Turkish occupation, it became the city’s main mosque; the walls were whitewashes and strewn with carpets. Later, in the 17th century, parts of it were restored in Baroque style.


But it was not until the end of the 19th century when it fully reclaimed its former splendour. Following the Austro-Hungarian Compromise it was the scene of a historic event: the coronation of Franz Joseph and his wife Elizabeth, which established the Austro-Hungarian Empire.


Till death do us part

Inside, the church is decorated with frescoes by two renowned Hungarian painters, Bertalan Székely and Károly Lotz, who also designed the magnificent stained glass windows. But perhaps the most famous item is the exquisitely carved double sarcophagus of king Béla III and his wife Anne de Châtillon, with their loyal hounds at their feet. Although he lived before the church was built, in 1848 archaeologists found his remains in the city’s ruined cathedral and transported it here.

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.
Hungarian Parliament Building
On the bank of the Danube, this impressive building displays an eclectic mixture of architectural styles and is home to the Crown of St Stephen.
Budapest Castle Hill
A focal point of the city's history, Castle Hill hosts the most iconic monuments of Budapest.
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.
Buda Castle
The historical residence of Hungarian royalty, this impressive palace complex has seen a series of transformations since the mid-13th century.
Soviet War Memorial
Situated in a landscaped park, this white obelisk commemorates Russian military who served during the Second World War.

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Private Walking Tour of the Buda Castle District with Tickets Included
On your private 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. On your tour, you will:

  • Commence your tour on Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramas of the city.
  • Visit the stunning Matthias Church (with tickets included).
  • Enjoy a short stop at the Fisherman's Bastion (with tickets included), 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 (with tickets included), and snap photos of the intricate architecture. 
  • Be sure to bring your swimsuit, so you can swim at the thermal baths.
  • Please note: You must provide proof of vaccination in order to visit the thermal baths. 

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 has made the city famous for its public baths which come in a variety of architectural styles from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau

Your private guide will begin your tour on Castle Hill, which stands more than 100 m 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 visit the bathhouse and enjoy the Gellért spa at your leisure. 

Buda Castle District Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour or Buda Castle District, we will take you to the main sites of the Buda Castle, a historic castle and palace complex where you'll enjoy 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. On your virtual your, you 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. 
  • See Matthias Church, which is famous for its Gothic elegance, colourful roof tiles, and the Art Nouveau frescoes and mosaics within. 
  • Visit the statue of the Holy Trinity, before walking down the medieval streets of the castle’s residential area to reach the Alexander Palace.
  • Your tour ends here at the Buda Castle complex in the ancient Castle District, where the Alexander Palace has served as the official residence and workspace of the President of Hungary since 2003.
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 has made the city famous for its public baths which come in a variety of architectural styles from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau. Discover the Buda Castle District on this Private Live Virtual Tour from the comfort of your home and share this cultural experience with your friends, family, or co-workers. 
Buda Castle District Night Virtual Tour
Did you know that Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube and its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest, hence the name Budapest? Discover the enchanting Buda Castle District on this Private Night Virtual Tour and experience a breathtaking panorama view of the River Danube from the Chain Bridge. On this Live Virtual Tour, you will:

  • Visit the main sites of a lovely illuminated Buda Castle in Budapest, a historic castle and palace complex.
  • See the Fisherman’s Bastion, which honours the guild of medieval fishermen, who historically protected the district. 
  • Enjoy where you get a breathtaking panoramic view of the River Danube while crossing the enchanting Chain Bridge.
  • See Pest, on the opposite side of the river under the moonlight. 
  • Walk by Matthias Church which is famous for its Gothic elegance, colourful roof tiles, and the Art Nouveau frescoes and mosaics within. 
  • Wander down the medieval streets of the castle’s residential area to reach the Alexander Palace.

Your tour ends here at the Buda Castle complex in the ancient Castle District, where the Alexander Palace has served as the official residence and workspace of the President of Hungary since 2003.
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