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Buda Castle, Budapest

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At World Heritage Site Buda Castle, you'll encounter medieval architecture, lush gardens, and centuries of royal Hungarian and Austro-Hungarian history. Though Nazis stole the palace's luxurious room exhibits in the 1940s, the building is still home to the Hungarian National Gallery, which holds significant collections of Hungarian art. It is also the site of the Budapest History Museum and National Szechenyi Library. This 13th-century structure has been renovated and modernized after it was nearly destroyed in World War II. Explore the surrounding neighborhood, known as the Castle District, which is celebrated for its historic houses, churches, and public buildings. Use our Budapest vacation trip planner to add Buda Castle and other attractions to your Budapest vacation plans.
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  • It is a very nice Castle overlooking the city. I liked its gardens and its central fountain. Visit mandatory
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  • I saw the Buda Castle during a trip to budapest with my companion. This is the most important monument of the city (along with the Parliament, located on the Pest side, almost opposite the Castle). The view of the castle is really impressive, especially if you happen to make the Danube cruise; then at night is beautiful. The Interior practically is not open to the public in the sense that it has been transformed into a collection of museums, among which the most important is the Hungarian National Gallery.
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  • We walked up the windy path up to the castle which took about 20 minutes , once up there you get fantastic views of the city , allow a good few hours to wander around the area , plenty of shops, bars ...  more »
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  • Nice place to walk around and enjoy the view. Go early in the day to avoid the tourist group. Take the tram or walk way up. Both are good. Take some water with you, since everything on the top cost at least three times more.
  • TL;DR: with spectacular views its worth the trek up to the "castle" but save your money and skip the visit inside as the original Buds castle and palace has long since been destroyed. This reconstructed "palace" has plastic windows for God's sake... We went with a walking tour up from the 0km point to the castle (there's also a funicular up for those who cannot physically make the walk). The views are spectacular! There's a whole castle district on the hill that's worth spending half a day exploring. Definitely one of the must-see spots for tourists travelling to Budapest. Our tourguide recommended that we skip the inside of castle (and i quote "it's fake, and poorly reconstructed as even the windows are plastic"). For more history on the castle, go to the Budapest national museum instead. But the scenery at the hill and the outside of the castle is worth the walk and your time.
  • A lovely walk to Buda castle all the way from Charles Bridge is one of the highlights of our trip to Budapest in August 2010. I really liked the Buda side and the area around the castle. In fact, we came twice here during our 3 day stay to walk around and enjoy the food on this part of the city. Beautiful sunset views, Pest side and a lovely cafe on top to rest up your feet.
  • A great spot to get a panoramic view over the Danube. Try walk up the stairs instead of taking the funicular so you enjoy the changing views with a gradual ascend
  • What a beautiful view. Get up there and take a look around the grounds. If your wallet allows it pop in a learn about the history of Buda Castle.

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