Budapest Castle District

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Budapest

GPS-directed

Remote Tour Included

1hr/2+hrs(Extended itinerary)

1km/2.5km(Extended itinerary)

Our tour will lead you through the historical Castle District’s must-see attractions and lesser-known mementos from Hungary’s past. We will guide you through Hungary’s 1000-plus year past through legends, myths and historical stories.

Avoid the Crowds

Allows you to explore without having to be shoulder-to-shoulder in a large tour group

Created by an exceptional local tour guide

Written by a long-time Budapest tour guide and journalist

GPS Directions

Easy-to-follow GPS directions to get you from one point to the next on your tour

Highlights include:

Fisherman's Bastion, Castle Theatre, and The Royal Palace

Remote Tour Included

As with all our tours, a remote tour is included that can be enjoyed from home

Itineraries

Budapest Castle – Extended

Budapest Castle – Standard

  1. Fisherman’s Bastion - The picturesque Bastion that seems to have appeared out of a Disney movie modestly receives its name after simple fisherman. Hidden in its rich details hide countless events of the Hungarian past as the Bastion commemorates a Millennia of Hungarian history.
  2. Fisherman’s Bastion Panorama - The spectacular panorama of the Fisherman’s Bastion is the favorite stop of any photo tour. The view over Budapest however also allows a great opportunity to understand why the capital was originally three cities and why the majestic and powerful Danube flowing through it deserves respect.
  3. Stephens statue - The horse statue of Hungary’s first king compliments the Fisherman’s Bastion in its effort to commemorate our history. It is a portrayal of Saint Stephen, the state founder who formed the Christian Hungarian Kingdom.
  4. Matthias Church - This church is one of the most popular places today to hold weddings. It was home to royal weddings before, as well as coronation ceremonies and survived many wars throughout it’s over eight hundred years.
  5. Vienna Gate and the National Archives of Hungary - One of the many mementos of the hundred and fifty years of Ottoman rule when the Hungarian Kingdom was divided into three parts. Right next to it stands the National Archives Building, the main record keeper of Hungary.
  6. Tower of the Church of Mary Magdalene - The Tower is all that remains from the former Church of Mary Magdalene. The church stood for seven hundred years through wars and was finally torn down in the communist era with the exception of the bell tower that serves as a viewpoint today.
  7. Panorama to Buda hillside - The Buda Hills are a nature reserve with its own attractions from unique transportation to cave systems and pleasant hiking trails. The favorite lookout point of Empress Sisi marks the highest point of the city with a tower visible to the naked eye.
  8. Statue of Hadik András - The horse statue portrays Hadik András, the Hussar of hussars, an opportunist military tactician and serves as a reminder to the historical light cavalry hussars of Hungary. It’s also one of the statues that will bring luck to its admirers.
  9. Golden Eagle Apothecary Museum - The museum exhibiting the history of renaissance and baroque pharmacy is the legacy of the first pharmacy of Buda. It is one of the oldest remaining buildings of the Castle along with the Golden Barrel Restaurants home to its left.
  10. Castle Theatre - The building known as Castle Theatre currently houses the cabinet office of the Prime Minister. Originally a church, the longest it served as a Theatre. It’s one of the places where the first plays written in Hungarian were performed.
  11. The Raven Gate - The gate is named after the Raven of King Matthias and stands on the spot of the medieval Beggars Gate. The square used to have monuments close to the gate, but for once, it is missing intentionally and not as a result of war damage.
  12. Sándor Palace and the Turul statue - The Sándor palace is the residence of the Hungarian President that previously used to serve our Prime Ministers. Opposite to the Palace stands the Turul statue, a depiction of the mythical bird of Hungarian origin.
  13. Matthias Fountain - The iconic Matthias fountain portrays the great king amidst his hunting party. Possibly inspired by a folk tale, there are countless more to hear regarding Matthias the Just.
  14. The Royal Palace - Atop the Castle hill stands the Royal Palace, an iconic landmark of the Castle hill. The former royal residence today houses two Museums and a Library.
  15. Lookout point - The southward view provides a photographic panorama of the Gellért Hill with the iconic Liberty statue on top. A pair of Budapest’s earliest Bridges stand at the hills foot, named after a well-known couple of the time.
  16. Várkert Bazaar - A lovely mix of representative buildings and an ornate garden, the Várkert Bazaar was saved from total decay just a decade ago. Now an ideal spot for a romantic stroll, enjoying a concert or relaxing in the sun, it houses venues, exhibitions and a restaurant.
  17. Clark Adam square - Clark Adam square serves as a century old connection point. The Funicular leads up to the Castle, while the Tunnel to the residential area on the other side of the hill.
  1. Fisherman’s Bastion - The picturesque Bastion that seems to have appeared out of a Disney movie modestly receives its name after simple fisherman. Hidden in its rich details hide countless events of the Hungarian past as the Bastion commemorates a Millennia of Hungarian history.
  2. Fisherman’s Bastion Panorama - The spectacular panorama of the Fisherman’s Bastion is the favorite stop of any photo tour. The view over Budapest however also allows a great opportunity to understand why the capital was originally three cities and why the majestic and powerful Danube flowing through it deserves respect.
  3. Matthias Church - This church is one of the most popular places today to hold weddings. It was home to royal weddings before, as well as coronation ceremonies and survived many wars throughout it’s over eight hundred years.
  4. Golden Eagle Apothecary Museum - The museum exhibiting the history of renaissance and baroque pharmacy is the legacy of the first pharmacy of Buda. It is one of the oldest remaining buildings of the Castle along with the Golden Barrel Restaurants home to its left.
  5. Castle Theatre - The building known as Castle Theatre currently houses the cabinet office of the Prime Minister. Originally a church, the longest it served as a Theatre. It’s one of the places where the first plays written in Hungarian were performed.
  6. The Raven Gate - The gate is named after the Raven of King Matthias and stands on the spot of the medieval Beggars Gate. The square used to have monuments close to the gate, but for once, it is missing intentionally and not as a result of war damage.
  7. Sándor Palace and the Turul statue - The Sándor palace is the residence of the Hungarian President that previously used to serve our Prime Ministers. Opposite to the Palace stands the Turul statue, a depiction of the mythical bird of Hungarian origin.
  8. Matthias Fountain - The iconic Matthias fountain portrays the great king amidst his hunting party. Possibly inspired by a folk tale, there are countless more to hear regarding Matthias the Just.
  9. The Royal Palace - Atop the Castle hill stands the Royal Palace, an iconic landmark of the Castle hill. The former royal residence today houses two Museums and a Library.
  10. Lookout point - The southward view provides a photographic panorama of the Gellért Hill with the iconic Liberty statue on top. A pair of Budapest’s earliest Bridges stand at the hills foot, named after a well-known couple of the time.

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