We start our Buda Castle District tour at the Palace, the ancient seat of royal power. It was rebuilt, extended, changed, burned down, and rebuilt again several times over, getting its current eclectic appearances only after World War II. The first to build on Castle Hill was King Béla IV. He erected a fortress on this spot around 1250 after a devastating invasion by Mongolian hordes. Renaissance King Matthias made it into the most famous court in Europe at the end of the 15th century. Then came the Turkish pashas who ruled the country from here for over 150 years, followed by a succession of Habsburg emperors. Your historian guide helps you discover these regimes and what their major monuments at the Castle tell us about Hungary’s fascinating, multinational past and present.
Buda Castle 3-hour tour with a friendly historian
Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
- Begin at the commanding Palace, a symbol of royalty and rebirth throughout Hungary’s history.
- Explore the magnificent Matthias Church with its lavish roof decoration and interior, and the romantic Fisherman’s Bastion with unrivaled views over Pest cityscape and the rolling Danube river below.
- Stroll through the cobbled streets and baroque facades of the Castle Hill residential district, lovingly rebuilt when Habsburg-led troops retook it from the Turks in 1686 and again after the Russians crushed Nazi troops there in 1945.
- Visit the house of an 18th-century pharmacist’s family, reflecting on everyday life in the Castle District.
- End at the Vienna Gate with sweeping views to Óbuda (Old Buda) where the Romans founded the city, then named Aquincum.
What to expect
- 3-hour guided walk
- Historian tour guide
What's not included
- Entrance to the castle and castle museum
- Entrance to Matthias Church
- Entrance to Fisherman Bastion
Baltazár Hotel and Café, Országház utca 31, 1014 Budapest, Hungary
At the Baltazár Hotel and Café (50m from the first bus stop on Castle Hill, which is on the Bécsi kapu tér).
What to remember
- Please note, a minimum of 2 participants is required
- It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes
- Please wear modest clothing (covering shoulders and thighs) for entering churches
- Male visitors are requested to enter with their head bare unless this is against their religion
- Tuesdays and Saturdays: this tour runs at 10:00am
- Thursdays and Sundays: this tour runs at 2:00pm
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.