Castle Garden

Castle Garden, Budapest: Hours, Address, Castle Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Castle Garden
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
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.
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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
  • Vörösmarty tér • 8 min walk
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary1,856 contributions
Wonderful
Feb 2021
Castle Garden is a must to see when you are in Budapest. It was built between 1875 and 1883 in the Neo-Renaissance style according to the plans of Miklós Ybl.
Walk up the Castle starting from Castle Garden!
Written March 7, 2021
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary1,856 contributions
Nice garden
Jun 2020
We took a walk from the Buda Castle to the Chain Bridge through the Castle Garden.
The Castle Garden looks really great, it is worth visiting!
Written June 30, 2020
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GCKJA
Lincoln, NE434 contributions
Beautiful garden, lovely walk
Feb 2020
We had a leisurely stroll through the castle garden on a February morning on our way to the Citadel. During the spring and summer months, it is absolutely beautiful and bustling with activity.
Written February 28, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Garden and neo-classical building complex below Buda hill
May 2019
Castle Garden is on a terrace at the southeast end of Buda Hill. It was originally designed as an alternative entrance to the royal complex from the Danube riverbank. A small palace and a formal ornamental garden covered the lower hill slopes. The area was recently renovated into a modern 19th-century neo-Renaissance complex of exhibition halls, theaters, food stalls, restaurants and gardens, with a long terrace overlooking the Danube. There are occasional meetings, formal dinners and exhibitions in the complex. When I visited there was a superb and well-organized World War I exhibit called “A New World Was Born.” I climbed a historic stairway leading up to the Buda Castle level, enjoying expansive views of Budapest and the Danube. The Castle Garden complex is beautifully lit at night.
Written February 15, 2020
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Sidney
Christchurch, New Zealand17 contributions
The Lords of War exhibition in the museum
Jan 2020
I found this exhibition purely by chance - and what a discovery it was! Highlighting the world’s descent into madness in 1914, it portrays - in a non-judgemental way - the background, events and key characters in the apocalypse which overtook Europe - and has shaped it ever since. The exhibition is punctuated by sayings attributed to individuals - famous and not-so-famous - illustrating the folly and futility of war. A special treat for lovers of twentieth century history!
Written January 17, 2020
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria16,484 contributions
Nice garden
Dec 2019
Nice garden under Buda Castle. There are some interesting statues here, and there is an elevator that you can climb to Buda Castle itself.
Written December 30, 2019
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,382 contributions
The Garden in Winter
Dec 2019
This popular work of the famous Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl, is on the side of the Danube River, below the Buda Castle. In Budapest, it is commonly known as Castle Bazaar or Castle Garden Bazaar (Várbazár or Várkert Bazár). If you come from the direction of Chain Bridge on the Esplanade, soon there is a big stone next to the footpads with the sign YBL MIKLÓS TÉR. Opposite, there is a staircase going up to the Castle Hill, and the end of it, if you turn left, is an open gate. Go through and you’re in the Castle Garden area. If you continue to walk a bit further, there is a less trying rout to get up on a ramp and some stairs, but everyone needs some exercise. From the Castle Garden, you can get up to the Buda Castle through stairs or on an escalator. Also, there is a restaurant if you want a warm tea or coffee or something to eat. During the summer there are other food sources as well, but now, when I’m writing this, it is 30 of December, and though there are plenty of visitors, no crowds anymore. Yesterday due to the unusually warm weather, the roses were still blooming, but the wind was chilly, and I thought all my respect to people who were sitting in the garden on the chairs. Rather than I would advise seeing some of the exhibitions. For example, there is a permanent one, the “A new world was born” or a periodic program, the “Subjective” Exhibitions are open Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-17.30. Mondays closed. For general information, you can check: info@varkertbazar.hu
The Castle Garden has a long history. Miklos Ybl built it in between 1875 and 1883. It was an extraordinary edifice, like a jewelry box, with everything in it. Art, nature, fun, exhibitions, and if you count the stairs, exercise as well. Unfortunately, due to its age, and the damages of the Second World War, the building completely dilapidated and closed in 1984 till 2014, when it was reopened. Mostly from EU money, it was reconstructed, first the Bazaar, and after that the Neo-Renaissance Garden. Of course, as it always happens at least in Hungary with these kinds of jobs, the first few years something ever went wrong, had to be changed, repaired, etc. Yesterday, when I decided to use the modern, elegant elevator, surprise-surprise, it didn’t work. It wasn’t my first visit, and last time on the beautiful doors, the handles were all wobbling. I forgot to check their current status. I wouldn't be astonished to find them in a similar condition. Despite all of these problems, the Castle Garden is worth to visit, and winter shouldn’t have to keep you back, because even with the lack of flowers it is beautiful and there are many other exciting things to see and enjoy.
Written December 30, 2019
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,327 contributions
Nice Gardens
Nov 2019
Lovely area to walk through as you come down from the top of Castle Hill. The Gardens are undergoing some maintenance at present, but still worth a look.
Written November 26, 2019
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June A
Surrey, UK2,295 contributions
Great views and very tranquil
Dec 2018
The flowers were not in bloom when I visited - during the winter/late autumn months - but the gardens were still beautiful. This is a tranquil place for strolling around and enjoying the views with plenty of places to sit and eat or simply watch the people - and views.
Written November 17, 2019
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Rosalind P
Greensboro, NC581 contributions
Great walking and greal views.
Oct 2019
We got off the Hop On/Hop Off bus just opposite the Gardens, then up the ramps and through the Gardens. Beautiful roses out. Amazing views down over the Danube to the Parliament Buildings. From the Gardens, take the escalator at the far end - you can spot it under a rusted roof - and this will take you up to the road to the Castle. There is also an elevator from here but it was not working the day we were here. But if you are up for the walk and a good workout, there is a steep winding road up to the Castle - rough and cobbled.
Written November 8, 2019
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