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Buda Castle

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Buda Castle
  • (worth a trip)
  • less than 1 km
  • Easy
  • Average
  • half day
  • 3 3

One of Hungary's most famous landmarks on Castle Hill

Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary
Tours
Adult: 27 Euros
Student: 25 Euros
Children: 13.50 Euros

Buda Castle is one of Hungary’s most famous landmarks built on Castle Hill. It was completed in 1265 as a palace for the kings of Hungary. The castle reflects the tumultuous history of Hungary and the ever-changing fortune that the country held. Inside the castle, you’ll find many more attractions such as the National Gallery of Hungary, the Budapest History Museum, the Matthias Fountain, the National Szechenyi Library and more. To access the castle, you must take the Castle Hill Funicular at Clark Ádám Square located right before the start of the famous Chain Bridge on the Buda side of the city.

 

The castle has suffered the test of time and many wars, for this reason, it has been renovated a myriad of times and little is known of how it looked in the beginning. However, even so, it is still an impressive sight (inside and out) and your time in Budapest is not complete until you visit Buda Castle.

 

Museums

  • The Budapest History Museum in the southern wing of castle in Building E will show you Budepest’s history since the beginning up until now.
  • Hungarian National Gallery, located in buildings A, B, C, and D shows the history of art in Hungary from the 11th century to today.
  • The National Széchényi Library features a collection of antique and unique books, manuscripts and more.

 

Festivals

Many festivals are held in the castle year round, including:

  • Budapest Wine Festival
  • Buda Castle Easter Festival
  • Hungarian Palika Sausage Festival
  • Renaissance & Medieval Festival
  • Beer Festival
  • Chocolate Festival
  • and many more, to check schedules, please head over to the castle’s official website.

Opening hours

Castle
10:00 - 18:00

National Gallery
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00 - 18:00

Budapest History Museum
1 March – 31 October
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00 - 18:00

November 1 – February 29
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Courts and courtyards at the castle are open daily 24/7, however during festivals, you will need to purchase a ticket to enter them.

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