Castle & palace tours

3-hour guided tour of Buda Castle with a historian

Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Visit Buda Castle, an ancient seat of royal power and UNESCO Heritage site
  • Enjoy majestic views of the city from the Fisherman's Bastion
  • Stroll through the cobbled streets and baroque facades of the Castle Hill residential district
  • See the remains of a Middle Age synagogue
What to expect

The oldest part of Budapest, Castle Hill, is yours to explore on this walking tour! The area has narrow streets, cobbled roads, and is filled with baroque and gothic styles. Your tour will start at the palace at the southern end of the area. It originally started as a fort in 1250 against the Mongolian hordes, but it has been rebuilt, expanded, destroyed, rebuilt, and redesigned over the years, by Renaissance Kings, Turkish pashas, and even Hapsburg emperors.

Your tour will pass the Presidential Palace and National Dance Theatre before entering the residential district. This particular area has not had the best of luck. It was destroyed once in 1686 when the Hapsburg-led troops took the city back from the Turks, and then it was destroyed again when the Russians took it back from Nazi Germany in 1945. Everything was rebuilt in the 1950s and 60s, including the iconic Matthias Church. While the structure appears old, it is an excellent recreation of neo-gothic style, with a well-decorated roof and classy interior. The area has always been an eclectic mix of Germans, Serbs, Hungarians, Turks, and Jews, so it is no surprise to find the ruins of a Middle Age synagogue as well as a monument to Buda's last Turkish pasha.

You'll also get to see various other town palaces. Your tour will stop to explore the house of an 18th-century pharmacist. You'll also see a hidden garden on the tour with statues dedicated to famous Hungarian hussars. Your guide will talk about the mythical Turul bird, the chess machine of a brilliant baron, and the history behind the midday churchbell chimes. Finally, you'll stop at the Vienna Gate where you'll be able to see Obuda (Old Buda), the original location of the Roman city Aquincum.

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What's included
  • 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
Where

Baltazár Hotel and Café, Országház utca 31, 1014 Budapest, Hungary

Meeting point:

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
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When
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays: this tour runs at 10:00am
  • Thursdays and Sundays: this tour runs at 2:00pm
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Provider
Insight Cities
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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