Budatower

Budatower, Budapest

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
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Budatower is temporarily closed due to coronavirus protection measure. The oldest building in Kapisztran square is the Mary Magdalene Tower built in late Gothic style, also the only medieval monument maintained in its original form. The building was severely damaged during the 1945 siege of Budapest. The restoration of the Tower as a monument began in 1950, but at the same time, the leaders of the anti-church regime decided to demolish the church. After being closed to the public for decades, Mary Magdalene Tower opened its doors to visitors again in the summer of 2017. The lookout tower on the higher level offers an extraordinary panorama with views to the most important buildings of Budapest and the nearby Buda hilltops. The 15th century building will soon be home to a cultural and tourism centre providing insight into both the Buda Castle and the church, as well as the Midday bell chimes and how it is connected to Hungarian history.
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The area
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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.
How to get there
  • Széll Kálmán tér • 6 min walk
  • Déli pályaudvar • 7 min walk
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Andrea L
Bristol, UK127 contributions
We walked to the top
Feb 2020 • Friends
We brought Budapest cards so we could access most visitors sights. The stairs do not have handrails and die to their age are not even. When you get around half way up there is a spiral staircase for you to walk up to the top, this has had rails either side. There are no emergency phone or way of getting help if you get it to trouble. 172 steps to the top then of course the same down!
Written February 9, 2020
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Alex S
Leicester, UK152 contributions
The only Lookout Tower in Budapest Castle
Oct 2019
The architectural building is that of the Gothic era. The 600yr old building is also known as the " Mary Magdalena Bell Tower ". It is the only Lookout Tower in the Buda Castle. The tower miraculously survived every single siege during all the attacks on the Buda Castle. The tower bells in the courtyard of this medieval ruin, ring every hour and are truly melodious. On the inner walls there is some secretive writing dating back to the last century. The top floor provides a 360 degree all round Panoramic view of the entire city. In the courtyard is a bronze replica of the 1000 yr-old Hungarian Coronation Robe.
The Tower is open during the winter months from 10am till 4pm and from March -September 10 - 6pm. There is an entry fee but if you have the Budapest Card it is free.
Situated in Budapest 1., Castle District, Kapisztran Ter. Nearby is the Buda Castle, Military Museum, St Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. Make a wonderful day out and see all the sites in this area in 1day. Recommend you to visit.

Written January 26, 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
A former church tower now used as a lookout!
Jun 2019
We were visiting the Fisherman’s Bastion on a Sunday and the area was crowded with both tourists and locals. After a while, we had tired of the crowds and decided to take a stroll and get away from the masses in the process.
As we walked further afield, we came across the Budatower. According to our tourism pamphlet, this was originally a church tower. However, the church was destroyed during World War Two and only the church tower survived.
The top of the tower is now utilised as a lookout. However as you have to climb over a 170 steps to viewing platform and it was a hot day, we decided to give it a miss. Instead, we just admired the unusual structure before continuing on with our sightseeing activities.
An interesting structure to see if you happen to be in the vicinity!
Written October 22, 2019
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andrefmcarvalho
Ponta Delgada, Portugal93 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2019
If you're spending the day in Castle Hill it sure is worth a visit. The bronze replica of the coronation mantle in the church grounds is very interesting too.
Written October 14, 2019
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BishopWm
Wingham, Canada232 contributions
Not for those with mobility issues, lots of winding stairs to climb.
Sep 2019
After climbing to the top leaves up four different sets of stairs you finally reach the top and the views are great. Two sets of stone steps take you to one level followed by two more sets of steel spiral steps take you to the top. Each flight is about 50-steps each and is the only way up, no elevator. Views are 360' and lets you see the city of Pest in all its glory.
Written October 9, 2019
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Manfred B
Telford, UK309 contributions
Interesting Church Tower
Sep 2019
Only a short Walk away from Trinity Square and the Vienna Gate stands the Mary Magdalene Tower, which was destroyed in World War II. However its 15th. Century Tower survived the Bombings.

The Tower has been partly restored and opened as a Museum to the Public in May 2015 and which
has one of the greatest chime play in Hungary, operating 24 Bells.

Mary Madgalene Tower offers one of the best Panoramic Views over Budapest, that is if one is fit enough to climb 170 Stairs to the Top.

Opposite the Entrance to the Tower is a Monument which displays a Bronze Replica of the Coronation Robe of Hungary's Kings.
Written October 3, 2019
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Ouzo10
Adelaide, Australia408 contributions
Great views!
Aug 2019
Not for those who don’t like confined spaces, the way to the top is via a series of concrete steps and a spiral staircase. Otherwise not too challenging. It’s a beautiful tower with lovely views over Budapest.
Written August 18, 2019
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Toby
London, UK39 contributions
Excellent view of the city!
Jul 2019 • Couples
We took a bimble up here after lunch nearby. It's all that remains of the church that stood on the site but was destroyed. Thankfully the tower is still standing strong and proivides an excellent view across Budapest and the Danube.

It's well worth the small entrance fee you can buy at the bottom. To climb to the top is a stone spiral staircase with rooms at different levels followed by metal spiral staircases for the top two levels. Be warned if you are afraid of heights!
Written July 17, 2019
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Gina P
9 contributions
Best views. Make it part of your Buda Hill visit
Jul 2019 • Family
3 generations (15 year old to 80 year old) climbed the 174 steps of this very old historical building to enjoy the most remarkable views of beautiful budapest. Make it part of your visit to Buda Hill.
Written July 12, 2019
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Kerryn72
Melbourne, Australia2,551 contributions
still standing
Jul 2019 • Friends
Stumbled across this gem whilst wandering the castle complex in Buda. We didn't enter for the view but did enjoy seeing the tower and at he huge bronze coronation mantle across the courtyard. there were some ruins in front also. It's a short walk up the street from Matthias Church. Hardly any tourists there. the Military Museum is across the road too.
The number 16 bus stops right nearby!
Written July 5, 2019
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