"Royal Palace ( 2 photos )" Buda Castle - Royal Palace Tip by nicolaitan

Buda Castle - Royal Palace, Budapest: 164 reviews and 374 photos


The huge Royal Palace dominates the southern part of Castle Hill as seen from Pest, lighted beautifully at night. LIke the city it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The original dates to King Bela IV in the 13th Century. It was replaced by a larger gothic structure in the early 15th Century and again by a Renaissance palace in the late 15th Century commissioned by King Matthias and his Italian wife Beatrix. It was one of the most extravagant buildings of its time.

During the years of Ottoman control, the palace was little damaged but also not well maintained and in serious disrepair. However, it was destroyed during the Christian reconquest of 1686 and gradually replaced and enlarged from that point. Further damage ocurred during the mid 19th Century upheavals, and again reconstructed by the Habsburgs after the concord of 1867. During WWII, the Germans used the castle as a command post and as the war ended the castle was again destroyed. This post war reconstruction includes features of the last several centuries and is used currently for cultural purposes housing the National Library, the Hungarian National Gallery, and the Budapest History Museum.

As imaged, the castle is imposing and dominating during daylight hours and lit spectacularly after nightfall.

Address: District I
Directions: On the top of Castle Hill (Varhegy). Funicular from Clark Adam ter (Buda bridgehead of the Chain Bridge), bus #16 from Deak F. ter, bus VAR from Moszkva ter. No cars allowed.
Phone: 3614583000
Website: http://budacastlebudapest.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 5, 2006
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