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Buda castle and parliament?

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Buda castle and parliament?

This may be a dumb question, but I haven't seen anything about the interior of this castle. Can you go inside or just wander around outside? What is actually in it now?

I also wondered if a tour of Parliament is worth doing, and the tour of the Baroque castle that is further out.

Arlington, VA
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First, check out this website re the city. Then, get a decent guidebook (you will have time to read it on your flights). Budapest was also my first European destination. It is a rewarding place to visit.

You can have a great time, but the "castle" you are probably referring to is on Castle Hill and consists of rebuilt structures housing museums (although underneath the far south end' Budapest History museum is the remains of the medieval castle, which you can walk down to it through the upper building).

As for the "Baroque castle that is further out, that may be the Godollo "Royal Palace" (Grassalkovich mansion), reached by the HEV suburban RR across from the Ors vezer tere terminus of the red metro line 2. It is an entertaining sort of an adventure to take the transit and see the city and the nearby area. the restoration of the main section of the mansion is nice. Not too extensive. It's an easy day trip but there are so many things to see in Budapest. . . .

The Parliament tour is worth it, and not prolonged (once you get in) - arrive early. Across from Parliament, check out the nearby amazing former Supreme Court building's central hall & the exhibits (which as I recall is the ethnographic museum) and the Applied Arts Museum (Iparmuveszeti) building's inner architectural features - both are places that are often overlooked by tourists. So much to do. . .

Los Angeles...
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If you like castles, you may also want to check out the Hunyadi Castle in City Park (near Hosok Tere or Szechenyi Furdo metro stops on the yellow line) It's a funny mishmash of a bunch of different architectural styles.

Chicago
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Yes, people are allowed inside Buda Castle. The castle is really something; and fun to see! A little trek up the hill, tho.

When we were there, a Hungarian man popped out of the bushes as we walked up to the castle. He was in crisp, pressed slacks and shirt ... he looked like a Gap advertisement. (He stood out like sore thumb in that pressed pink shirt.) In broken English he asked if we wanted to exchange money. If so, he could help.

We got ourselves up that hill pretty fast. LOL. Budapest is beautiful! Have a great trip!

Hertford, United...
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4. Re: Buda castle and parliament?

The Parliament building is wonderful, but don't assume you'll get in on the next tour after you queue as there are limited numbers. We arrived at 11.30 hoping for the 12.00 tour, but didn't get that or the 2.00, but did get in on the 3.15. It takes about 45 minutes, with a bit of airport-style security (not UK style!) on the way in.

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