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“Buda Hill Castle and the Castle District”
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Destroyed by fire in World War II, this imposing 13th-century palace was rebuilt with modern interiors while incorporating hidden walls and medieval structures that remained hidden over the centuries.
Reviewed April 16, 2013

The Buda Castle area of Budapest is found at the top of the Buda Hill, on the west side of the Danube. To get there very easily, take the Budvari Siklo [Buda Hill Funicular] near the Chain Bridge. The large, imposing building at the top is known as the Royal Palace, and is the home for a number of important Hungarian cultural institutions. You’ll find the Budapest History Museum here, which covers the history of Budapest. The National Art Gallery is also here, as is the National Library of Hungary, the National Széchényi Library. At the top of the funicular ride, and separated from the Royal Palace, is the President’s House. Just as in London, England, have your picture taken with the soldiers stationed at the guard houses!
Castle Hill is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and it is an impressive sight from the shores of Pest, towering over the cliffs on the Buda side. However, don’t expect the over-the-top glitter and glitz at this World Heritage site that you would expect at other palaces or castle in Europe. The reconstruction of the building after WWII was more for symbolic reasons, as no monarch had lived in the palace or on the grounds since 1541. However, the halls of the Ballroom, St. Sigismund’s Chapel, the Palatinal Crypt, the Great Ballroom, the Main Staircase, and the Habsburg Room are all still elegant examples of refined architecture.

The palace building consists of a several wings (lettered A to F), which are situated around the Lion Courtyard. There are sculptures located throughout the grounds and on the buildings, there are beautiful fountains to see, and there is a phenomenal view of the Danube and of Pest. The flower gardens are also very lovely in the warmer months.

When you get off of the Siklo and walk along the Danube overlook, check out the bronze statue of a large bird that is perched on top of a tall pedestal. This is the mythical Turul bird, a powerful symbol of the Kingdom of Hungary.

After touring around the Royal Palace museums, stroll towards St. Matthias Church and the Castle District, and check out the craft stalls along the way. Some reasonably-priced fridge magnets and small souvenirs can be found there. Be sure to look carefully at the fantastic buildings along the way to the church…the famous POSTA building is a mellow yellow color, another has a famous ceramic statue created by the beloved artist Margit Kovács perched in an alcove above the first floor, and other buildings are painted in bright colors.

Put aside at least a whole day, if not more, for exploring Buda Castle, the Castle District, St. Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion and other famous sites. There are many museum, gardens, shops, and churches to see and discover.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Take the ventricular train up to the top for 1000 fts, (£3) and then take your time to stroll around the streets and the castle area. many snack bars and restaurants which are good prices. Well worth planning to spend most of a day in this area of Budapest.

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Judging by the queue for the railway, it would have been quicker to walk, but was worn out at the end of the day. Then I saw the cost of the tickets would have bought dinner for one of us, decided to give it a miss, view or no view. Too much still to see without wasting time being taken for a ride (in both senses of the term).

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Poor light inside the hotel, lot's of red and black colors, but i suppose this is the concept ( see Paris )

Thank Hans1304
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Well worth a visit Historic buildings in magnificent condition Be prepared it may cost you to take photo's inside some of the buildings. My tip would be to switch you're flash off.

Thank IvorLarne
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