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Buda Castle (Budai var)

One of the highlights of the Budapest skyline, this palatial structure also offers interesting galleries and museums.

The Buda Castle (Budai var) is part of Budapest’s internationally protected World Heritage Site for its cultural and historical significance. The beauty of the large castle, with the Chain Bridge in the foreground and both structures reflecting in the Danube River, is a sight that shouldn’t be missed, especially when city lights have come on after dark. Find these inspiring views from many spots on the Pest side of Budapest, particularly from the Parliament area, or observe them while on a river cruise on the Danube.

It’s also worth crossing from Pest to the Buda side of the river to the Clark Ádám Square to travel up to the castle itself. Walk from Roosevelt or Széchenyi Square in Pest across the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to reach the Castle Hill Funicular for a ride up to St. George Square to access the castle. Or, you can walk all the way up for exercise to burn off all the Hungarian cuisine that you have been enjoying!

Once at the peak of the hill, look around to take in the views. You can see back to Pest and the Parliament building. In the foreground of Buda is the Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion while to the south is the Citadella fortress. Winding through all this is the Danube with its bridges, boat traffic and impressive buildings all along the banks. Be sure to have your camera; you’ll want plenty of photographs.

The first castle was built on the hill in the 1200s as protection from invading Mongols. Over the centuries, several other castles were built for residences or fortresses for ruling powers but were successively destroyed by oppressors, occupants or World War II and Hungarian Rebellion aggression. Rebuilding during the last half of the 20th century has created the current 1,000-foot (300-meter) castle.

The Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum occupy wings in the castle. After you enjoy the Buda Castle outside views, visit these sites, which have admission fees, to enjoy the inside treasures.

There are loads of ways to get the most out of this attraction. We've put together just some things to do at Buda Castle:

Take a look at our Budapest things to do page to discover many more activities while you're in the area.


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Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center ¥6,450
Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center

Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center

Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21, Budapest
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dohany Street Synagogue and Hungarian National Museum. St. Stephen's Basilica and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Astoria Station is only a 2-minute walk and Ferenciek Square Station is 4 minutes.

    Corinthia Budapest ¥15,367
    Corinthia Budapest

    Corinthia Budapest

    Erzsebet krt 43-49, Budapest
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Budapest hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Kiraly Street, Hungarian State Opera House, and House of Terror. St. Stephen's Basilica and Hungarian National Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oktogon Station is only a 5-minute walk and Vorosmarty Street Station is 8 minutes.

      Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest ¥15,871
      Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

      Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

      Erzsébet Tér 7-8, Budapest
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Budapest hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Vorosmarty Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Dohany Street Synagogue and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 10 minutes. Vorosmarty Square Station is only a 2-minute walk and Deak Ferenc ter Station is 3 minutes.

        Budapest Marriott Hotel ¥14,428
        Budapest Marriott Hotel

        Budapest Marriott Hotel

        Apaczai Csere Janos u. 4, Budapest
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Budapest hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Vigado Concert Hall and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. St. Stephen's Basilica and Rudas Baths are also within 15 minutes. Vorosmarty Square Station is only a 4-minute walk and Deak Ferenc ter Station is 7 minutes.

          Prestige Hotel Budapest ¥12,747
          Prestige Hotel Budapest

          Prestige Hotel Budapest

          Vigyázó Ferenc utca 5, Budapest
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Danube Palace and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. St. Stephen's Basilica and Parliament Building are also within 15 minutes. Arany Janos Street Station is 8 minutes by foot and Kossuth Lajos ter Station is 8 minutes.

            Continental Hotel Budapest ¥9,995
            Continental Hotel Budapest

            Continental Hotel Budapest

            Dohany Utca 42-44, Budapest
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Erzsebetvaros, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blaha Lujza Square and Dohany Street Synagogue. Hungarian National Museum and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Blaha Lujza ter Station is only a 4-minute walk and Astoria Station is 7 minutes.

              MEININGER Budapest Great Market Hall ¥4,546
              MEININGER Budapest Great Market Hall

              MEININGER Budapest Great Market Hall

              Csarnok tér 2, Budapest
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Belső-Ferencváros, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Corvinus University of Budapest and Great Market Hall. Hungarian National Museum and Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool are also within 10 minutes. Fovam Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and Kalvin ter Station is 7 minutes.

                InterContinental Budapest ¥15,270
                InterContinental Budapest

                InterContinental Budapest

                Apaczai Csere Janos 12-14, Budapest
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Inner City Budapest, this luxury hotel is steps from Las Vegas Casino and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. St. Stephen's Basilica and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Vorosmarty Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station is 8 minutes.