Buda Castle
Buda Castle
4.5
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Sitting atop Castle Hill and overlooking the river Danube is Buda Castle, a sprawling castle and palatial complex that dates back to the 1700s. Here, you'll find art and history museums, massive courtyards, churches and chapels, restaurants, and iconic attractions like the Fisherman’s Bastion, famous for its fairytale-like exteriors. Explore all this and more on a tour—there's even a night tour that gives you a glimpse into the dark side of Buda Castle. To get to the castle, you can walk up the hill starting from the iconic Chain Bridge. Otherwise, you can also ride the funicular—there's usually a line though, so get there early. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: District I / Buda
The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
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  • seetheworld600
    424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eat Your Wheaties
    Visiting Buda Castle requires a lot of walking. I took the #16 bus from the Pest side which lets you off right above the castle. Going down the hill takes you to the castle, museum & art gallery and going up the hill takes you to Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. The area is under renovation and has limited signage. While the tours of the museum and art gallery too me about 1.5 hours each, the views from the area of the Pest side are beautiful. If you’re more adventurous, you may decide to walk up the hill to the castle. Whatever you decide, this is a must do while in Budapest.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Ana C
    New York166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle and surroundings a must see
    The 17th century castle located in Buda offers amazing views of Pest over the Danube. Great museums are housed in the castle, art and architecture. The whole area is a must see including the fantastic Fishermen Bastion.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Thad L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buda Castle walking tour with funicular and Danube river cruise
    Our guide, Balazs Levay with CityRama tours, not only provided us with interesting facts but was engaging in conversation. He also went out of his way to give us tips regarding things we wanted to do beyond this tour. Very glad we took this tour and so happy with our experience. Would highly recommend requesting Balazs as your guide.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • MVelasquezM
    Bogota, Colombia183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buda Castle - The magnificence of this Imperial city does not change with the years.
    A place to visit and walk in a quiet way, taking all the time to admire the passage of time and the magnificence of the buildings. Every corner has a story, and every story has its protagonists. It was once considered the equivalent of the Palace of Versailles, so there is something to love about it. It is a place to spend several hours and take many photos and ideas of the things that happened in these spaces. place to visit and walk to get an idea of how life was.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 August 2023
  • I W
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fastinating
    We visited in May on a Sunday morning. It opens at 10.00 and we took about 2 hours to have a look around, but you could take longer. It was fascinating looking at some of the history and there were great views as well. By 12.00 it was getting busy, so would recommend going early. It was a fascinating place to explore
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Ben R
    Ditchling, United Kingdom211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit - especially attractive at night
    Beautiful modern castle with incredible views over the city. I would really recommend visiting at night as the lights of the city are stunning and it’s incredibly peaceful by the castle. Beware of the many steps / steep hill getting up there!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Lindum20C
    East Lothian, United Kingdom419 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a lot to see ...... (once you get up there)
    OK, so the castle complex is high up on a hill on the Buda side of the Danube. Its nice to take the funicular but the queues are long, its expensive and you have to buy a return whether you like it or not. Or you buy a golf-cart journey. less expensive in theory but less capacity. Once you are up, it really is spectacular with quite a few great buildings including the Fishermans Bastion.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Sharron
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A journey through history and architecture
    Exploring Buda Castle in Budapest was a journey through history and architecture, offering breathtaking views of the city. The castle’s impressive architecture and well-preserved courtyards provided a glimpse into Hungary’s royal past. Walking through the castle grounds and the historic Fisherman’s Bastion offered panoramic views of the Danube River and the Parliament building. The Matthias Church, with its stunning Gothic design, was a highlight of the visit. The informative exhibits and guided tours allowed me to immerse myself in Budapest’s rich heritage. Buda Castle’s commitment to preserving its historical significance and providing a memorable visitor experience was evident throughout. Visiting Buda Castle is a must for anyone interested in history, architecture, and enjoying stunning vistas of Budapest.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • ladyerica
    Ketchum, Idaho194 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great outdoor activity
    Lovely outdoor excursion worth a visit for sure. We didn't pay to go inside anywhere we just walked around. We took the funicular up and that was a waste of money. The trip is two minutes. We should have walked. But whatever. The grounds are cool and lots of pretty architecture to check out. Good views from the top and a nice meander down back to ground level. We missed St Matthias when we were up there which was an error.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Mohi412
    79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive for a single visit only
    We knew beforehand that visiting the Buda Castle was going to be a day involving lots of walking to and from the buildings atop the Buda Hill. The taxi dropped us off at the Fisherman’s Bastion, a truly impressive edifice in white Neo Romanesque architecture which offers some of the finest views on the Danube and Pest. To get to the other buildings such as the palace or the National Gallery, it is a very lengthy walk and the directions not as clear. If you opt for the intertwined picturesque streets of Buda they tend to be quiet, without any traffic, pleasantly walkable but lacking in life. They do not have anything else to see such as antique or other quaint shops one might have expected at such a microcosm of culture and history. If not walking via these curvy streets you can walk through lots and lots of leafy walkways and paths that often have dead ends and you might discover you end up where you began! Reaching the national gallery was indeed a lengthy walk, with plenty of outdoor stairs and uphill walks. I would say it is beautiful to spend half a day max at the castle, but be prepared for expensive and poor quality coffee breaks in between at very touristy priced museum cafeterias.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
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Peekaboo67
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We went here using Bolt from our hotel the Hampton by Hilton Budapest City and it cost us only 9 Euro. The car took us all the way up to castle which save us money from going with the funicular. There are a lot of renovation going around the castle but the area where you can view the whole city is not block at all! this time around its very hot make sure to wear sunglasses and hat/cap and bring water with you and you can also opt to buy drinks or seat at the cafe at the Buda Castle. For people with mobility, I think Buda Castle is not a place to visit because from the place the Funicular or the taxi drop there is a long staircases to go down and there is no elevator or platform with easy wheelchair to go down. I saw two ladies on wheelchair were placed near an area where there is no sun and I assumed the family left them there because the problem going down to the area to view the city which have the staircases but to go and visit the Church from Buda Castle it is ok because it is road going from there and the wheelchair can be pushed from here. There is guards on horses which you can take a photo and don't miss the changing of the guard near the palace.
Written 9 July 2024
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meghangw
Incheon, South Korea254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Nice big area to wander around. Lovely architecture and beautiful views of the city and river. There was a ton of construction going on which took away from the atmosphere but you gotta do what you gotta do. We went into the castle museum and learned a lot about the history of Budapest. It was huge and interesting. Highly recommend that part. To get up to the castle area you can take a step walk or a gentle walk or the funicular. There are buses too but that takes the fun out of the scenic ways.
Written 7 July 2024
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Sam MMH
450 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We didn’t pay for the museum, so it’s hard to say what it’s like on the inside. However, from the outside, the ruins of the castle aren’t that interesting. There is more to see that is interesting in the “complex” of the castle district.
Written 6 July 2024
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brian c
Nottingham, UK20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Absolutely fabulous building. We walked there from the Vaci Utca; it took about 15 minutes. We went up on the funicular railway which provides you with one return day trip, a little expensive but good if you've never ridden one before. The building and grounds are lovely and the views are spectacular. We had a good walk round and went back to the city centre for lunch. The next day we revisited but this time we took the hop on/off castle Toor bus, initially more expensive but worth the money. On this occasion we visited the whole sight, including the Fishermans Bastian and St Matthias' church. All spectacular building with must see views all around. A fabulous day out.
Written 30 June 2024
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Amanda R
153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We didn’t go inside the galleries or museum but you can walk around the outside for free and the views of the river and Pest side of the city are excellent. There are fountains for drinking water too and the toilets inside are free and very clean. A lot of restoration work is currently being done to the building but it is still peaceful and worth a visit.
Written 29 June 2024
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Robert W
Glasgow, UK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Make sure you go on the Funicular railway. Castle itself if beautiful the surroundings amazing. Great photo opportunities especially over the city. Stroll through the streets to visit all the beautiful buildings and churches
Written 21 June 2024
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sleepingbeautyUSA
USA92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
NOTE: You cannot bring water into the museum - even though it is very hot on the upper floors. You cannot even bring an EMPTY water bottle into the museum. What the ticket checker will not tell you, is that you can put your water in a FREE locker before you head up the steps and into the exhibits and avoid buying the overpriced water in the museum cafe.

Oh, and hold onto your RECEIPT because if you need to use a bathroom you will either have to pay or show your ticket receipt.

The rest is your typical museum - enjoy!
Written 15 June 2024
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RedTomDublin
Dublin, Ireland43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This castle is a must see if you go to Budapest. It's on the Buda side of the city overlooking the Danube. Stunning architecture and history. Not to be missed.
Written 11 June 2024
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Ravindra V
Hyderabad, India1,511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It is a huge castle and there are a lot of steps to climb up before you reach the entry gate. Only some people at a time are allowed to avoid a huge crowd at this place. There are museums, a restaurant and of course great views. It is located on the Buda side of the city.
Written 11 June 2024
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Linda J
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We loved the castle, fountain, and the grounds. Beautiful views from the castle. Parts of it were being renovated, but it was amazing
Written 2 June 2024
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