Buda Castle is a historical castle complex owned by the Hungarian kings in Budapest, Hungary. It was built back in 1265th year one of the city’s hills, but the massive baroque castle you can actually see today, was raised during the period between 1749th and 1769th year. In past, it was called the Royal castle. Within the complex the Hungarian national gallery and the History museum of Budapest are placed, while around the area of the castle you can see plenty of other interesting local attractions. By the way, Buda Castle is also part of UNESCO historical and cultural heritage.
What to see?
The Hungarian national gallery
See the big masters from Hungarian art life, as well as the paintings made by painters who are recognized by the whole world nowadays. Some of the most interesting exponents here are the pieces of art made between 18th and 19th century. There’s a café, as well as a gift shop in the museum, too.
The History museum
Here is where you can learn a lot about the three cities of Buda, Pest and Obuda, as well as about their union, today’s city of Budapest. You will enjoy collections of furniture, clothes, books, graphics and many more, dating from different epochs.
Full of surprises, mysteries and treasures, the church of Matthias that was built back in 1015th year, will definitely impress you. The colorful and exotic atmosphere in a combo with the neo-gothic features distinguishes this building from any other religious temple.
The Fisherman’s bastion
It’s mostly popular with its towers and bells that were, by the way, built back in 1902nd year. You can enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Budapest and Danube from here. The place is quite preferred by professional and enthusiasts in photography.
War history museum
The museum represents collections that are related to the war background history of Hungary – from the Middle Ages till the two world wars. Some of these collections gather at one place series of weapons, uniforms, armors, flags and coins. In the outdoor courtyard of the museum there are a couple of weapons displayed for the visitors, while from the museum roof you can enjoy an amazing view of Danube River.
History of music museum
The small, but extremely intriguing museum will meet you with the typical accents from Hungarian musical history represented by France List, Kodaly, Bartok. As a matter of fact, the museum hosts concerts with free entrance in case you have already paid the museum entrance fee.
Inside this house you can meet the world most popular Hungarian illusionist’s of all time life and shows. Besides the interesting exponents, here you can enjoy entertaining magical performances on a regular basis, too.
Visit the intriguing Pharmacy Museum “Golden Eagle” to see the local mediaeval lab for AL chemistry and medical instruments of old times. The museum isn’t suitable for kids under 8 years old.
What should I know before a visit of Buda Castle?
- As the Hungarian national gallery and the History museum of Budapest are placed in the castle, you should check out the working time of each museum for a visit.
- The area around the castle is always open and accessible, including the Fisherman’s Bastion, which, as a matter of fact, has one of the best observation towers in the region.
- Making photos of the permanent collection in the Hungarian national gallery is allowed, but with no stands or flashes.
- Inside the castle different fest are arranged, including fest of the crafts, the wine and the beer.
- Get Budapest Card to receive an access to most of the museums in the castle.
To get inside Buda Castle, you should get a ticket for the museums that are accommodated inside it. Some of the attractions located in the courtyard require different entrance fees. Check out them now:
- Ticket for the History museum – discounts for people over 70 years old
- Ticket for Hungarian national gallery – discounts for people over 62 years old, over 70 years old – free entrance. The entrance is free for all during the national holidays.
- Ticket for a tour of Buda Castle and the attractions nearby
- Ticket for Matthias Church – discounts for people over 60 years old
- Ticker for the Fisherman’s Bastion – discounts for all citizens of EU
- Ticket for the Museum if the war history – discounts for people over 62 years old, while for seniors over 70 years old the entrance is free
- Ticket for the Pharmacy Museum – discounts for people at an age between 6-26 years old and for those between 62 and 70 years old. The entrance is free during the national holidays.
There are several types of guide tours to choose from in order to see Buda Castle in details, as well as all of the attractions nearby. There are discounts for kids, students, school girls and boys, as well as seniors and groups, who prefer guide tours:
- Budget tour of Buda Castle – includes a visit of the castle, the Fisherman’s bastion and Matthias Church (at the outdoors only). The tour is in English language. The duration is 2 hours.
- Buda Castle, funicular and a cruise – includes a ticket for funicular, 2-hour pedestrian walk inside Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s bastion and Matthias Church (at the outdoors), as well as 1-hour Danube cruise + audio guide and a drink right on the board. The guide tour is available at different languages, including in English.
- Night tour – 2-hour night walk of the castle with exciting stories and legends about the dark past of Hungary and Budapest. The tour is in English language. It’s not recommended for kids under 12 years old. There are also private night tours.
- Buda Castle and Matthias Tour – 2.5-hour pedestrian tour of the castle and the chance to get inside Matthias Church. There are compliments – a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The tour is available in English language.
- A bus tour of Buda hill – includes a visit of the attractions inside Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s bastion, Matthias church (only at the outdoors), the Citadel and the Liberty statue at Gelert hill. The duration of this tour is 2 hours.
- Private tour of the castle – 2.5-hour tour of the castle, a visit of Matthias church, the Fisherman’s bastion and the historical squares. There’s some treat included in the tour with a cup of coffee and a dessert.
- Group tours
People with different levels of disability are able to visit Buda Castle, too, as well as most of the nearby attractions. Hence, it’s recommended for them to check out the conditions for an access in advance and specifically for each concrete entrance spot depending on what they want to see as these spots are with different architecture styles.
Budapest – the city
Szechenyi Chain Bridge
St. Stephen’s Basilica
Saint Matthias Church
Gellert Thermal Bath
Central Market Hall