"Castle Hill" Castle District - Castle Hill Tip by acemj
Castle District - Castle Hill, Budapest: 55 reviews and 146 photos
Also known as Varhegy, Castle Hill is a glimpse into the medieval past. It is worth it to join a tour group. You'll find a tourist center right when you enter the castle and I would encourage you to join a tour. Almost every structure within the castle has a plaque that tells a rich story of its history (but all of the plaques are in Hungarian, so if you can't read it, join a tour).
Castle Hill will provide you with the best views in the city as it towers over Buda and overlooks the Danube's slow curve through the city.
Matthias Church is the centerpiece of the castle. It was originally built in the 13th century, was converted into a mosque by the Turks, damaged in the 1600s when Budapest was recaptured and rebuilt in the late 19th century in its current Baroque style.
Adjacent to the church is the Fisherman's Bastion, probably the most photographed monument in Budapest. While the walls of the bastion appear to be straight out of an ancient fairy tale, they were actually built around the turn of the century purely as a fantastic monument to the fishermen who defended the area in the 18th century.
Also, don't miss Fortuna utca, which is a beautiful street within the castle lined by pastel-colored houses.
You'll also find the Royal Palace, the Museum of Budapest History, the National Library and the Hungarian National Gallery in the Castle Hill area.
Address: Buda side.
Directions: Buda. Kind of hard to miss. Just look up. Best way to get there is by the funicular which you can get on at the Buda end of the Chain Bridge.
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