Buda Castle

#Buda Castle or, as the Hungarians call : Budavári Palota,  is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in #Budapest, and was first completed in 1265. Admire the World Heritage sights of Buda Castle and the Castle District while enjoying a guided Walking Tour followed by a ride on the Funicular, then walking across the Chain Bridge to take a river cruise with a refreshing drink. A first castle was built in the thirteenth century after Mongol tribes had invaded Hungary. King Bela IV. (he is the father of Saint Margaret) built a keep surrounded by thick walls in 1243. No trace of this castle remains and historians aren’t even sure of its precise locations.

View of the Buda Castle late at night

Buda Castle

The palace consists of a number of wings arranged around the Lion Courtyard. The courtyard is bordered by the National Library and two museums, the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. There’s plenty more to see around the palace, such as several statues and fountains. Below an overview of the most important sights and attractions in and around Buda Castle.

The first inhabitants moved up here in the 13th century after the devastating Mongol attacks. The Castle District’s Golden Age started when the Royal Court moved here. During the 15th century, under the rule of King Matthias, Buda became one of Europe’s most influential cities.

Castle of Buda look at from the sky

Buda Castle

This #castle has a long historical past. The Turks invaded the Castle Hill in 1541 and ruled it until 1686 when the Austrian Habsburgs and their allied armies took back the hill. The siege left Castle District in ruins. After the Turks the Habsburgs moved here. Reconstructions began immediately, following the old street layout. The Castle became a government district. The current elegant Baroque appearance was formed by the mid 18th century. The battles in 1944-45 ruined the place again.

After the World War II and other reconstructions: the palatial complex was still inhabited though and until 1944 it was the residence of Miklós Horthy, regent of Hungary. Shortly after he was deposed by the Germans, the castle was ruined once again during a drawn-out battle between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army. Reconstruction of the castle started in 1950 following a design by architect István Janáki, based on Ybl’s plans. The original Baroque dome was replaced with a classicist version. During the reconstruction the ruins of the fifteenth-century palace were discovered and integrated into the new complex.

Opening hours

National Gallery: Tue-Sun 10 am – 6 pm (closed on Mondays, but often open on national holidays)

Budapest History Museum: 1 March – 31 October Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, November 1 – February 29 Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm (closed on Mondays, but often open on national holidays)

I selected you from the world travelers’ reviews

  • Fantastic views of Budapest: Worth effort to go to the castle. The changing of the guards is great o watch (change every hour) and there is something for everyone, arts, crafts, cafes, bars and of course the church’s and history. A must do!
  • Beautiful views from the top: love the views from here. Take the stairs , it’s not too hard. The castle is in great condition and a nice place to visit. No noble or royalty has ever actually used this building for its purpose.
  • Beautiful: the castle is really beautiful and you have just an amazing view of the city. After the war the building was rebuilt very poorly by the comunists (it has plastic windows instead of original glass windows for example) so the building is much better looking from the outside and far.
  • A great day out for you: An excellent castle well worth the visit. Allow at least a couple of hours to explore it in detail.
  • A must do in Budapest: this is something you NEED to do when in Budapest. A nice walk to the top you will have a great view of the city from many vantage points along the way.

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