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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  • August 17, 2017
    We do not visit it inside but the image from Pest is impressive. We walked around in the afternoon and night and changes completely with the lights.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Buda castle in its original for is centuries old. It has retained its place over time. The castle has be renovated and restored to give it the current charming structure that we see today.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Everyone who goes to Budapest needs to go up Castle Hill but the Castle itself is largely empty and was not really used by royalty. The Germans replaced the windows with plastic ones. However, the Cas...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • May 15, 2017
    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.
  • May 11, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    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
  • July 2, 2017
    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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