Spend the afternoon wandering the romantic cobbled streets of the historical Castle District. See the Fishermen's Bastion, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace, and more!
The tour meets in front of Matthias Church, by the Holy Trinity Column, to begin the tour of the breathtaking Buda castle complex, seat of power for the Hungarian royals since its construction by Béla IV in the 13th century.
Today, nothing remains of the original medieval castle, with the oldest remaining parts dating from the 14th century. This sprawling castle complex is one of the major tourist attractions in the city but one which, perhaps for its size and the number of tourists populating its cobbled streets, is best discovered with a guide showing you both the historically important and the lesser known sights.
From its very construction, when the capital of was moved from Esztergom to take high ground against the Mongol hordes, the castle has borne witness to great battles and power struggles, writing pages rich in history.
The Ottoman conquest, too, is written large over the castle area. The Vienna Gate, despite its appearance, a 1930s replica of a medieval original which was destroyed during the 1686 Siege of Buda as the Hapsburg army recaptured Hungary from the Turks. Traces of the occupation can be seen in the walls themselves, especially in the Anjou Bastion with its memorial to Adburrahman, the last Pasha of Buda.
The tour also rakes in Gothic towers, the Jewish Quater (where Beethoven once lived) and the famous Fisherman's Bastion, one of the most architecturally eclectic and romantic spots in the whole city.
Be sure to bring your camera: the views of Budapest across the Danube from the castle hill are truly picture-postcard, and worthy of immortalisation!
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Children under 12US$ 6
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking expert guide.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
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You can book up until the previous day (12:00 local time) if there are still places available.
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Matthas Church, by the Holy Trinity Column