The Castle District of Budapest

posted by Sharon October 21, 2018 28 Comments
Castle District Budapest

Perched on a hill overlooking the Danube, the Castle District of Budapest dates back more than 700 years. King Bela IV staked his claim here so that he could ward off the attacks of the Mongols on his people. The palace was destroyed and rebuilt 6 times through the centuries. Castle Hill Budapest

The Castle District today includes a palace, a striking church, the Fishermen’s Bastion, ordinary streets and hotels and cafes, and so much more to see. If you are staying in the Pest side of Budapest, you can cross the Danube on the Chain Bridge, either walking across or taking a bus, and end up directly in front of the Castle District.

The Palace

Here’s the first fascinating sight we encountered after walking over the Chain Bridge.

Budapest Castle DistrictYou have a choice of walking up a steep hill, climbing steps, or riding a funicular up to castle level. The funicular has two cars in constant motion up and down the hill. You can see over the river to the Pest side of the city as you climb. And the ride is fun! Budapest Castle District

Budapest Castle DistrictArriving at the top of the hill, the palace is to the left. We got there before it was open, so we walked around outside the buildings. Budapest Castle District

Budapest Castle DistrictBudapest Castle DistrictBudapest Castle DistrictWe ran out of time and we didn’t get back to the palace later in the day when it was open. The palace includes two museums, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Castle Museum. We hope to return some day to see more of the palace. We did see these Medieval ruins right outside the gate. Castle Hill Budapest

Matthias Church

Turning the other way from the river, we explored the twisty, delightful lanes of the Castle District. We soon came to Holy Trinity Square and gazed up at the imposing neo-Gothic Matthias Church. Parts of Matthias Church are 500 years old, though the building you see today was completed in 1896. Take your time marveling at the multicolored tile roof and the spires of various styles. Budapest Castle District

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On the river side of the square is the popular Fishermen’s Bastion. I was confused about what this is until I visited it. It’s a neo-Gothic structure named for the guild responsible for defending this part of Buda from intruders. Seven white turrets along the walls represent the Magyar tribes that were here in the 800s.

You really can feel you are in a fairy tale at Fishermen’s Bastion. And it affords amazing views of the Danube and the Pest side of the city. This is my favorite of all the features of the Castle District.

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Along the streets of the Castle District are shops and cafes — and lots of life and color. We stopped for lunch, and my sandwich came complete with a Hungarian flag.

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Sandor Palace

On our way out of the Castle District, we found the residence of the president of the Republic, complete with guards to rival Buckingham Palace. We missed the changing of the guards ceremony, but I read that it is quite a complicated affair. This neoclassical building goes by the nickname, “The White House.”Castle District Budapest

The Views

We took our time walking back down the hill to the Danube. Bridges over the funicular allow you to stand looking out at the Chain Bridge and enjoy the views. Castle District Budapest

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28 Comments

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Sandra Serrano October 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Wow! These photos are gorgeous! I definitely want to visit Budapest. It wasn’t on my short list until about 6 months ago. The architecture is so beautiful, and it seems like a magical place. The white castle in your post is dreamy…

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Mersad October 21, 2018 at 10:25 pm

Magnificent views from an amazing capital city. Budapest really knows how to charm you, and the images here are excellent! Hope you enjoyed that sandwhich.. and got to keep the little flag! 🙂

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Tamar A Strauss-Benjamin October 22, 2018 at 12:48 am

That is just stunning!

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Jackie October 22, 2018 at 4:09 am

I want to go back to Budapest!

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Carol October 22, 2018 at 6:40 am

A beautiful post with such amazing architecture!

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Catherine October 22, 2018 at 6:56 am

So beautiful!!

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Lady Fi October 22, 2018 at 7:13 pm

Wow – so impressive and beautiful!

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup October 23, 2018 at 2:03 am

Wow. And WOW. Amazing.
Thanks for sharing your lovely photos at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/10/currituck-beach-lighthouse.html

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Kelly Anne Rothaermel October 23, 2018 at 5:49 am

Such a beautiful city! Thanks for sharing!

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Molly October 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm

It is all so beautiful

Mollyx

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Jeanne October 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Lovely photos, I’d like to go there!

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Brooke of Passport Couture October 23, 2018 at 8:01 pm

I would be in heaven in this district–I love Gothic architecture and it looks like there is plenty of it here. Those colorful tiled roofs are beautiful! I hope I can see them for myself someday. #citytripping

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Jessica October 24, 2018 at 4:27 am

I still can’t believe I haven’t made it to Budapest yet! I’ve heard so many great things, and your pictures are giving me serious wanderlust! I especially love the detail on the roof of the palace. Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely keep these places in mind when I’m finally able to visit. #citytripping

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Lisa | Handmade in Israel October 25, 2018 at 12:23 am

Such incredible architecture and wonderful views. It looks like a great place to visit.
#WanderfulWednesday

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Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World October 25, 2018 at 8:21 am

The tiles on the Matthias Church are to die for. Just so beautiful. And if there is a funicular to take, I’m always going to take that option. Not because I can’t walk up, but because they’re so fun! I mean – it’s called a FUN-icular! I truly would love to see this city. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, cheers from Copenhagen.

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Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels October 25, 2018 at 9:49 am

love the Fisherman’s bastion! Budapest is such a great city for a city break:) #farawayfiles

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Sarah October 25, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Ohh man I really wish I’d had this post before we went to Budapest last year, and that I’d actually made time to explore this area of the city. It was so hot and we were so overwhelmed when we were in Budapest. I’d love to go back!!

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California Globetrotter October 25, 2018 at 11:19 pm

When we visited we stayed at the Hilton right next to Fisherman’s Bastion. So we had lots of time to explore Castle Hill which was sooo amazing! We found it all so interesting, especially the history! #FeetDoTravel

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Rhonda Albom October 26, 2018 at 1:50 am

The castle is quite impressive. I wonder if the 6 previous buildings that stood on the site were as stout as this castle appears to be. I’d like to stroll in this city.

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Jill Chapman October 26, 2018 at 3:13 am

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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Lady Fi October 26, 2018 at 8:53 pm

Wow – stunning buildings and shots!

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Urska | Sliva October 27, 2018 at 2:33 am

Wow, the Castle District in Budapest looks wonderful. Ohh, I so badly want to visit Budapest but it seems there is never the right time to do it.

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Anda October 27, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Budapest is my favorite city in Europe, Sharon, and Castle District is where I fell in love with it. I don’t know if I told you before, but my husband is Hungarian. When he first took me to Budapest I was head over hills with the city. Lovely pictures! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Obligatory Traveler October 28, 2018 at 6:44 am

Everything looks so dreamy. What beautiful architecture. I love how colorful everything is. Funiculars are one of my favorite forms of transportation, so I know I would enjoy that. Thanks for sharing such great information. I can’t wait to visit Budapest one day. #WeekendWanderlust

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Vicky (Spud on the Run) November 1, 2018 at 7:12 am

Budapest is one of my FAVOURIE cities in Europe and your beautiful photos brought back some wonderful memories.

Thank you!!!

#feetdotravel

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) November 1, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Budapest is definitely on my ever-growing list, I’ve heard so many good things about this City. Check out that steep funicular, I may have to either walk up the steep steps (hate the walking down though) or close my eyes on this ride haha. #feetdotravel

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Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) November 2, 2018 at 9:25 am

Ooh! We LOVE castles, and this is gorgeous! The palace is one thing, but can you imagine living/working in the Castle District and seeing these views every day? We’d be in heaven! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard. You’ve got us eager to go!

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The Weekly Postcard – 2 November 2018 - TravelLatte November 2, 2018 at 10:11 am

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