Budapest Castle Hill
On the banks of the Danube riuver, stands a hill that contains walks, history, panorama, architecture, the Matthias Church, a Fishermen's Bastion, art, Gothic arches, baroque houses of the eighteenth century and cobbled streets, cafes and cakes. Among the most emblematic buildings, there is a church and the Buda Castle or Royal Palace. The latter, in turn, has the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.
The first citizens came to Castle Hill in the 13th century after the invasion of Mongolia, seeking protection in the Buda hills. The first royal castle was built around this time. The golden age of Castle Hill was in the fifteenth century, after the marriage between King Matthias Corvinus and Beatrix of Naples in 1476. Many Italian artists and craftsmen accompanied the new queen, and Buda became an important European city. After the Turkish occupation, Buda was in ruins. A baroque city was built, and Castle Hill soon became the government district. During World War II, Buda was bombed and had to be rebuilt again.
Although Castle Hill has undergone several changes throughout its history, even today retains the medieval essence, its cobblestone streets and houses retain a plaque that shows the century in which it was built and details of its history.
Buda Castle Hill is also home to a large interconnected winery system consisting of natural caves created by hot springs and artificial passages. The inhabitants have used caves for centuries for storage and shelter. Today you can make a wine tour through its wineries.
Under Castle Hill, a labyrinth is located, which was closed by the government. Although they opened another similar one, they lowered the quality of the wine they serve and, in turn, reduced the imaginative characteristics that the first labyrinth had.
This World Heritage Site also has a series of statues and monuments that you must visit in this area. Among those that stand out most are the Statue of the Holy Trinity, next to the church of Mathias; the well of Mathias, in the National Gallery; and the equestrian statue of Andras Hadik.
There are several festivals in Budapest, including some festivals in the Castle Hill, for example, the Budapest Wine and Champagne Festival in September, the Sauces Festival and Palinka (Brandy) in October, or the Budapest Folk Arts Festival in August. There is a Festival of Foie Gras (goose liver) in May.
Around the Buda Castle, a series of statues are located, which are characterized for being dramatic, romantic and intense. To enter the castle, you must cross the imposing Habsburg Gate, which contains a unique and striking architecture. The Fishermen's Bastion, is a postcard of a Disney castle, with 7 towers which represent each of the 7 tribes of Hungary in the year 895, and also has a chapel inside, gives the visitor an amazing panoramic view of the city.
Sandor Palace was the official residence of the Prime Minister until 1944 and is now the home of the President of the Republic. This neoclassical building is nicknamed the White House. In this place, stay to appreciate the impressive change of guard, with a magnificent choreography.
*Location: In Budapest.
*Schedule: Hospital in the Museum of the Rocks 10:00-20:00 (everyday).
Hungarian National Gallery 10:00-18:00 (Tuesday-Sunday).
Budapest History Museum 10:00-16:00 (November-Febraury) & 10:00-18:00 (March-October). On Mondays it remains closed.
The courtyards of Buda Castle are always open.
Buda Castle 10:00-18:00 (Tuesday-Sunday).
Fishing Bastion open all year.
Labyrinth of Buda Castle 10:00-19:00.
*Rates: (all prices are in hungarian florin).
Ticket for adults of the Budapest History Museum...$2.000.
Ticket for child (between 6 and 26 years old) of Budapest National Museum...$1.000.
Ticket for child under 6 years old of Budapest National Museum...free.
Ticket for adults of the Hungarian National Gallery...$1.800.
Ticket for child of the Hungarian National Gallery...$900.
Ticket for child under 6 years old of the Hungarian National Gallery...free.
Ticket for adults of the Fishermen's Bastion...$800.
Ticket for child under 6 years old of the Fishermen's Bastion...free.
Ticket for adults of the Labyrinth...$2.500.
Ticket for students, teachers and retirees of the labyrinth...$2.000.
Familiar ticket for Labyrinth (2 adults y 2 child under 12 years old)...$5.000.
*Duration: 2 days.
*Warning: It is forbidden to drive with vehicles in this area, except for those who live or work here. A good option is public transport.
*Advice: On March 15th, August 20th and October 23rd, entry to the National Gallery is free.
*Best time: May-September.
*Website: Buda Castle.