Private Historical Tour of Buda Castle

6 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Group Tour
  • Pickup Service
  • E-Ticket
  • 3 hr

Embark on a 3-hour, private walking tour of Castle Hill; the oldest part of Budapest. In the company of a historian, take a personalized, tour of Buda Castle and the surrounding district filled with narrow, cobblestone streets and Baroque and Gothic facades. Learn about the fascinating stories behind Matthais Church, the Presidential Palace, the remains of a synagogue from the Middle Ages, and many more of Budapest's culturally and historically significant monuments.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Insight Cities

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Buda Castle

Two buildings stand out on Castle Hill, the oldest part of Budapest, known for its narrow and cobbled streets and its baroque and Gothic facades: the massive and imposing palace on the southern tip of the hill and the colored roof of Matthias Church in the middle, with its rank steeple pointing towards the heavens.

Duration: 2 hour

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We start our tour at the palace, the ancient seat of royal power. It was rebuilt, extended, changed, burned down and rebuilt again several times over and it got its current eclectic appearances only after World War II. The first to build on Castle Hill was King Béla IV. He erected a fortress on this spot around 1250 after a devastating invasion by Mongolian hordes. In the Renaissance period, King Matthias made it into the most famous court in Europe at the end of the 15th century. Then came the Turkish pashas who ruled the country for over 150 years, followed by a succession of Hapsburg emperors.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: National Dance Theatre

Discuss the changing function of the building throughout its history.

Stop At: Sandor Palace

The Sándor Palace is the official residence of the President of Hungary, and the seat of the Office of the President. It has served as both since 2003. The original palace was build in Neoclassical style in 1806. It was commissioned by Count Vincent Sándor, an aristocrat and a philosopher of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Matthias Church

A highlight of the tour is Matthias Church with its abundantly decorated roof and amazing interior. The church is a very finely executed Neogothic reconstruction fantasy from the end of the 19th century and it is a strikingly beautiful building.

Duration: 20 minutes

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Fisherman's Bastion is an architectural fantasy in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles designed and built between 1895 and 1902. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin at the end of the 9th c. The terrace provides one of the most famous panoramic views of the Danube, Margaret Island, Pest and the Gellért Hill.

Duration: 20 minutes

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Our tour ends at the Vienna Gate, from where you can see all the way to Obuda (Old Buda), where the Romans founded the city then called Aquincum.

Duration: 10 minutes
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