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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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.

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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.
Chain Bridge
The Chain Bridge, also know as Széchenyi Bridge connects East and West Budapest through the River Danube
Castle Hill Funicular Station
The Castle Hill Funicular or Budavári Sikló in Budapest inaugurated in 1870 connects Adam Clark Square, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the Buda Castle

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On your private walking tour, your expert local guide will take you to some of the important historical and cultural sites of Buda. Once the capital of Hungary, the Buda area of the town contains monuments that define the city’s legacy. 

On your private 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), and admire the panoramic views;
  • Explore the gardens of Buda Castle and learn about the Hungarian monarchy;
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On your private tour, you will:

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On your private tour, you will: 

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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. 
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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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