Buda Castle - Grand Budapest Collection

Buda Castle district

Buda Castle district


Buda Castle - Grand Budapest Collection

One of the must-see areas of the Hungarian capital is Castle Hill, which became the town of Buda after the Mongol invasion of 1241. it's most formidable building is the Buda Palace, once the seat of Hungarian Kings and Habsburg Emperors.

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The current green-domed version - housing several museums with interesting exhibitions - is a post 1945 reconstruction. But down below are the remnants of several older palaces, which you can see for yourself if you go into the lower floors of the Budapest History Museum (in the courtyard at the back). Still, for most people, tha major attraction of Castle Hill is the Matthias church, which is abundantly decorated inside anside and out. The current neo-Gothicchurch was constructed at the end of the 19th century in an effort to build a church as it could have stood when King Matthias married there in the late 15th century (though nobody knows what that church looked like exactly). The romantic Fisherman's Bastion at its foot offers a wonderful view over the Danube and Pest. The rest of Castle Hill is dotted with cozy little streets with colorful facades, and beautiful porticos and inner courtyards. There are a multitude of restaurants, cafés, and art galleries. The outer ramparts and promenades offer more views over the Buda hills beyond. At the foot of the western wall of Castle Hill, you'll find the entrance to the Hospital in the Rock, which gives a unique glimpse into the system of caves and tunnels below. And you might want to see the changing of the guard in front of the presindental palace (besides the funicular train station), daily at noon.


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Top tables in Buda Castle district

Despite by the Danube River, Budapest is a city with two dramatically personalities. While many visitors to the Hungarian capital spend most of their time exploring lively Pest, Buda isn't without its own happening hotspots. In fact, cross the Chain Bridge and you'll find some of the city's best restaurants, amid the elegant streets surrounding Buda Castle.

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