Castle Garden
Castle Garden
4.5
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
The World Heritage Site Castle Garden is Budapest’s modernest and most imposing venue, where classical renaissance meets contemporary architecture in design. Thousands of square meters of outdoor venues, multifunctional event spaces, exhibition areas and exclusive panorama terraces alternate in the building complex. However, Castle Garden is much more, than a venue. It serves as the gate of Buda Castle, it is the home of permanent and temporary exhibitions, concerts, festivals and family events. Moreover, it is Buda’s cultural stop and a leisure place in the Neorenaissance garden.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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 • 5 min walk
  • Déli pályaudvar • 9 min walk
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JRMADA
United States3,326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Good place to seat and relax, but not during summer as it get really hot. It is worth a visit as it is beautiful. I would guess that in mid to late spring is the best time to visit. I visited early in the morning on a summer day and had the place all to myself.
Written August 5, 2022
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Docs On Vacay
Malaysia2,917 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Neo-Renaissance architectural marvels with views of Budapest.
I really loved the sights here. Castle Garden Bazaar, built in the late 19th century, was part of the journey to Buda Castle, and it made for a most memorable walk.
Written January 6, 2023
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia5,567 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
As you wind your way up from below the castle to the top, you walk through a nice garden as you go up. It was being manicured by gardeners while we walked through as they were getting it ready for spring and summer. It wasn't in its best form due to it still being winter.
Written April 10, 2023
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,435 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This was a beautiful finish to a lovely walk along the castle walls. These are free to enter and walk around. There are lots of lovely plants and flowers. There are also a few impressive fountains. From here it is a short walk to Elisabeth Bridge.
Written October 15, 2022
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filmex
Budapest258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
I am an Englishman living in Budapest. I am lucky enough to live a 2 minute walk from this spectacular revival from ruin to a magical fantasy....
For years I walked by the horrendous ruin as walls and architectural features disintegrated..
For 3 years dedicated designers and workmen injected new life into this incredible fantasy with walkways ,gardens ,passages and relaxing areas that overlook the magical Danube...
Now each evening I walk my little Chiwawa along the illuminated boulevard and having been in the film industry for 30 years I feel I am walking through a film set with illuminated neo classical frontage on the one side and old trams on the other..
Unlike a film set however this transfornation is here to stay..For people to wonder at and enjoy..
There are museums and exhibition areas ..Restaurants are opening ..Soon coffee shops and other attractions will follow..
From the river boats it also looks amazing..
This is just one of many reasons to visit this great city...It is a Spring, Summer,Autumn and Winter wonderland..
Written November 12, 2014
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX5,027 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
As we did our walk around the castle, we were pleasantly surprised at the number of gardens tucked into the architecture. It is definitely worth your time if you have any interest in gardening.

As a bonus--there are no fees!
Written August 12, 2019
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GyuriP
Budapest, Hungary37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Built by the most important Hungarian architect, Miklós Ybl the arcade of the Várkert Bazár (Castle Garden Bazaar) was originally housing shops, hence the name. Later workshops and studios moved in here. The gorgeous Neo-Renaissance garden with lovely flowerbeds, dazzling fountains, and grottoes above the arcade made it a genuine attraction of Budapest. From 1961 on and the so-called Youth Park used to function here, kind of an open-air live music club, but following a severe accident in 1984 it was closed and became a neglected area. Step by step it developed to one of the most endangered monuments of the world, a real shame of the Hungarian capital. After decades of deterioration the Várkert Bazár along with the multilayered and zigzagged park was finally renovated and is shining in its old glory again.
A nice programme is to walk from the entrance at the Danube up the garden, using the walkways, stairs and even an escalator, while enjoying the magnificent view over the river and the city. There are also elevators, but at the time we were there, they were ungeared. You will finally arrive in the Castle Area where you can visit further must-sees. At the end you can take bus line 16, getting off on Széll Kálmán tér (Metro 2), from where you can continue discovering the city.
The Neo-Renaissance Garden can be visited free of charge, the exhibitions are against entry fees.
Getting to the Várkert Bazár is easy if you hop on the tram line 19 or 41 from Batthyány tér (Metro 2) and get off at the stop called Várkert Bazár. You can also get there by boat, disembarking at the jetty with the same name.
Written January 1, 2015
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charlotte990
London, UK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
This is a great way to get to the castle district, as the area has not only a escalator, but also a lift to the top and saves those whose walking ability is not as great as was. Also if your legs are tired, you will be able to give them some respite. In Summer there are pop up concerts and other events which are fun to attend or just have a picnic on the very landscaped lawns. Also a bonus of having free wifi in the area,should you wish to check your next port of call or times of events online, as you are out for the day.
Written April 11, 2017
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ADRlAN
160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
This area was left in ruins for so many years. I'm so glad they restored the gardens. What most people don't know is that it offers a free and quick way to get to the Buda castle. Free elevators and escalators! Skip the lines from the sziklo funicular near chain bridge and save sove money aswell!😉
Written January 4, 2016
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venom_six
Budapest, Hungary231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
This place was closed for many many years as the old major of Budapest who was in charge for 20 years dont made anything! Thank god the dark times of this city is over. The newly elected major and the government took action and made a plan where they reconstructed the whole area.

Now its open and has a beautiful garden with nice view on the Danube bank. Also you have lift straight into the Castle district or stairs if you "accept the challenge". There is a grocery store where you can buy food and all type of Hungaricum (the prices are higher then elsewhere). Also you can sit outside and have a beer or ice cream.

I recommend this place for couples (sit, walk around, take pictures), people who like architecture (you will find lots of intresting details) or if you start to explore the Castle district starting from here.

Location: Its in walking distance (less then 5 mins) from Clark Ádám tér whats on the Buda side of the Chain bridge.
Written July 17, 2015
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