Buda Castle
Buda Castle
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Sitting atop Castle Hill and overlooking the river Danube is Buda Castle, a sprawling castle and palatial complex that dates back to the 1700s. Here, you'll find art and history museums, massive courtyards, churches and chapels, restaurants, and iconic attractions like the Fisherman’s Bastion, famous for its fairytale-like exteriors. Explore all this and more on a tour—there's even a night tour that gives you a glimpse into the dark side of Buda Castle. To get to the castle, you can walk up the hill starting from the iconic Chain Bridge. Otherwise, you can also ride the funicular—there's usually a line though, so get there early. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: District I / Buda
The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
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  • Russ_Sharon
    180 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit
    Nice Castle grounds and views. A definite must see while visiting Budapest. There's nothing over the top here, but just a nice visit on a sunny day. We liked the church. I would not spend too much of your time here. Also try and avoid the very expensive and short funicular ride.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • seetheworld600
    424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eat Your Wheaties
    Visiting Buda Castle requires a lot of walking. I took the #16 bus from the Pest side which lets you off right above the castle. Going down the hill takes you to the castle, museum & art gallery and going up the hill takes you to Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. The area is under renovation and has limited signage. While the tours of the museum and art gallery too me about 1.5 hours each, the views from the area of the Pest side are beautiful. If you’re more adventurous, you may decide to walk up the hill to the castle. Whatever you decide, this is a must do while in Budapest.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Ana C
    New York165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle and surroundings a must see
    The 17th century castle located in Buda offers amazing views of Pest over the Danube. Great museums are housed in the castle, art and architecture. The whole area is a must see including the fantastic Fishermen Bastion.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Thad L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buda Castle walking tour with funicular and Danube river cruise
    Our guide, Balazs Levay with CityRama tours, not only provided us with interesting facts but was engaging in conversation. He also went out of his way to give us tips regarding things we wanted to do beyond this tour. Very glad we took this tour and so happy with our experience. Would highly recommend requesting Balazs as your guide.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • MVelasquezM
    Bogota, Colombia181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buda Castle - The magnificence of this Imperial city does not change with the years.
    A place to visit and walk in a quiet way, taking all the time to admire the passage of time and the magnificence of the buildings. Every corner has a story, and every story has its protagonists. It was once considered the equivalent of the Palace of Versailles, so there is something to love about it. It is a place to spend several hours and take many photos and ideas of the things that happened in these spaces. place to visit and walk to get an idea of how life was.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • I W
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom309 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fastinating
    We visited in May on a Sunday morning. It opens at 10.00 and we took about 2 hours to have a look around, but you could take longer. It was fascinating looking at some of the history and there were great views as well. By 12.00 it was getting busy, so would recommend going early. It was a fascinating place to explore
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Ben R
    Ditchling, United Kingdom209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit - especially attractive at night
    Beautiful modern castle with incredible views over the city. I would really recommend visiting at night as the lights of the city are stunning and it’s incredibly peaceful by the castle. Beware of the many steps / steep hill getting up there!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Lindum20C
    East Lothian, United Kingdom420 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a lot to see ...... (once you get up there)
    OK, so the castle complex is high up on a hill on the Buda side of the Danube. Its nice to take the funicular but the queues are long, its expensive and you have to buy a return whether you like it or not. Or you buy a golf-cart journey. less expensive in theory but less capacity. Once you are up, it really is spectacular with quite a few great buildings including the Fishermans Bastion.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Sharron
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A journey through history and architecture
    Exploring Buda Castle in Budapest was a journey through history and architecture, offering breathtaking views of the city. The castle’s impressive architecture and well-preserved courtyards provided a glimpse into Hungary’s royal past. Walking through the castle grounds and the historic Fisherman’s Bastion offered panoramic views of the Danube River and the Parliament building. The Matthias Church, with its stunning Gothic design, was a highlight of the visit. The informative exhibits and guided tours allowed me to immerse myself in Budapest’s rich heritage. Buda Castle’s commitment to preserving its historical significance and providing a memorable visitor experience was evident throughout. Visiting Buda Castle is a must for anyone interested in history, architecture, and enjoying stunning vistas of Budapest.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • ladyerica
    Ketchum, Idaho195 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great outdoor activity
    Lovely outdoor excursion worth a visit for sure. We didn't pay to go inside anywhere we just walked around. We took the funicular up and that was a waste of money. The trip is two minutes. We should have walked. But whatever. The grounds are cool and lots of pretty architecture to check out. Good views from the top and a nice meander down back to ground level. We missed St Matthias when we were up there which was an error.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
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MoonaMuslim
739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Depending on how much time is available, it is easy to spend a whole day there.
The heart of the castle district is the castle palace. It is the highest and largest building in the city. But not only that!
The history of the former Royal Castle (Királyi Vár) dates back to the early 14th century. Today's building
combines Gothic and Renaissance style elements into a magnificent overall picture. The dome of the palace is in the classicist style.
Great for walking, easily accessible on foot from the Fisherman's Bastion. It offers a great opportunity to look over Budapest and see many sights. The beautifully landscaped castle garden is at the foot.
Everything is wonderfully illuminated at night with spotlights. Impressive from the outside and well worth a visit.

The Castle Palace can be reached via the Széll Kálmán tér (Metró line 2). Also with the Várbusz (No. 10 or 110), or bus 16 from Déak Ferenc tér - depending on where you come from. The funicular offers another option from the banks of the Danube at the chain bridge.

Art exhibitions take place inside the palace and can be found out in advance. In addition, there are treasures such as the King Matthias Collection, the Hungarian National Gallery with Hungarian Art, and the Historical Museum (the Castle Museum) in the Castle Palace.
The Széchényi National Library is also located there

Definitely worth a visit, a must when visiting Budapest!
Impressive and beautiful during the day, gorgeous and romantic in the evening or at night. There are seating options to take a break and let the scenery work on you.
Great photo opportunities, I would go there once during the day and once in the evening / at night. It is worth enjoying both impressions.
Written June 5, 2020
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Rice76
Toowoomba, Australia67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Stunning views of the city and plenty to see up there. The furnicular doesn’t go every second Monday (in the morning) so we elected to walk up (rather than get little hop on/off cart thing) which was really quite quick and easy. Can explore buildings for minimal cost but don’t have to spend money to enjoy this area. Took us a good couple of hours to get around. Changing of the guard at noon so good to be there then.
Written January 1, 2020
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Alina E
Bucharest, Romania347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
It’s a long trip, you have to be very well dressed if you gon in the winter time because it’s very windy and cold. You can take from the bottom the official tour bus for buda, and for 6€ they get you from one point to another if you don’t want to walk all the way. Beatiful places to visit but expensive prices for everything.
Written February 8, 2020
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Mr_worldwide2
58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
The funicular ride up to the castle ground is only short but well worth the price. We didn’t spend too much time here but the views across the river are amazing. The changing of the guard is well worth watching too if you happen to be there at the right time.
Written March 3, 2022
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Alessandra Funcia
Arisdorf, Switzerland374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We took the electric car as we were with two kids being one of them 4yo, to grant we could see everything! It is one option worth considering in our case. It costs 5euro per person and you can hop on and out every 10min. We went back on foot though as we stayed longer and the service was over. It took us 7min to walk down with kids. We visited the castle gardens and had great views of the city from there. Really nice! We also managed to see the change of the guards twice which is simple but interesting, specially for the kids.
Written July 29, 2020
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AJH
Cromwell, New Zealand37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Buda Castle, overlooks the city of Budapest and is a must visit. Use the Big Bus tours to access the old town and learn the history and significance of this amazing sight. Photo opportunities aplenty both within the castle grounds and from the bronze falcon statute.
Written January 1, 2020
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Taylor R
New York City, NY124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This is def a top attraction in Budapest and worth your time. Large complex with lots to look at (especially if the weather is nice!). I recommend also visiting the national gallery - they have a beautiful collection that is varied in era and artistic techniqie.
Written November 14, 2021
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA563 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The castle itself was beautiful from the outside and the views were amazing as well. The national gallery was inside and we chose not to visit. Wasn’t a typical castle like the one we saw in Prague for instance but still a nice place to visit. You just have to decide whether or not the cost is worth of what is actually inside the castle. Enjoy.
Written December 17, 2021
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JRMADA
United States3,326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a beautiful Palace (not a Castle) with a few museums and a gallery to visit. We took a Bolt (Taxi) from St Stephen’s Basilica rather than trying to figure out how to get up to the Palace since the main bridge is closed for repairs. A Bolt (taxi) will take you all the way up for about $8 maybe less depending on the time. There are some cafes to buy refreshments and right at 10AM the guards marched to their places. Really nice to see. Summers are brutal (very hot) up at the Palace, so if you can avoid the summers and F1 weekend, do so and you won’t regret it. Unfortunately the Place website is only in Hungarian and very hard to follow even for Hungarians, so get with your hotel personnel for current information. When we went, the Palace was open from 10AM-6PM daily. There are different entrance fees for the museums and gallery. The Palace grounds are free of charge, but there isn’t much to see.
Written August 4, 2022
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Joyce261
Sapporo, Japan218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
There are several options to take to get to the top, walk, funicular railway or shuttle bus. We chose the latter which meant we could easily plan where to go. Our last spot was the castle. The changing of the guard sounds and looks impressive. The buildings are impressive and its to be noted how well the Hungarians do their renovations, informing the public of the journey.

The views from here are very impressive and provide numerous places to photo the sites on the Pest side.

Cafes and toilets close by. The funicular train operates from here.
Written March 14, 2020
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