1. Hungary
  2. Central Hungary
  3. Budapest
  4. Buda Castle

Budapest: 3-Hour Buda Castle Walk

Product ID: 108712
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This tour is an exploration of one of the oldest sections of Budapest, which is full of history, fascinating stories and charming architecture as well as the scars from dozens of sieges and battles.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience this quiet car-free neighborhood of winding cobblestoned streets, Baroque and Gothic facades and colorful old stucco houses
  • Learn about the sprawling history of this neighborhood that practically encapsulates the history of Hungary
  • Discover the best spots to see the panoramic river and city views
  • Visit the Royal Palace, a World War II bunker, the National Széchényi Library, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Explore the neighborhood like a local with the help of an expert guide well-versed in Hungarian history
Full description
This tour will showcase not only the important sites—such as the eclectic Matthias Church with its colorful tiled roof and brightly colored interior, the Royal Palace complex and the Fisherman’s Bastion—but also the secret spots hidden in the side streets that should not be missed. The streets follow the shape of the hill, and have seen plenty of action since the mid-13th century when the first royal residence was built here.

Your guide will discuss the periods of history which influenced this neighborhood, with a special emphasis on the Jewish population which once lived here, the Hungarian royalty and the Habsburg empire. You’ll learn about the heroes and villains of World War II who left their mark here, and the brutal siege of Budapest in which the neighborhood was demolished when the German and Russian armies met on these streets. Buda became an important European city in the 15th century, a melting pot of nations. You’ll hear about how the establishment of the royal court sparked the beginning of a long golden age even though no royals ever resided here.

The palace and the neighborhood have been destroyed and rebuilt many times over during the course of their history, with each period, particularly the re-building after World War II (when there was such extensive damage), leaving a different mark on the current appearance of the place. These days the Hungarian president is lucky enough to be able to call this neighborhood home, along with a few hundred regular citizens living in the hundred year old buildings. Join this tour to learn all about this area which has witnessed so much history.
Includes
  • English-speaking, experienced local guide
  • Coffee break during the tour (one coffee/drink included)
  • Entrance to Matthias Church
  • Many stops for photos and questions
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance to museums

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet your guide on the Buda side of the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) at Clark Ádám tér (square), next to the Zero Kilometer Statue. This statue is below the Buda Castle (1st district) in a small park. Look for this giant stone statue of a zero (this is the point from where all distances in Hungary are measured) across the street from the entrance to the funicular. Your guide will be holding a tote bag with the local tour operator logo on it (so you can easily recognize each other).

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Important information
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• This tour is available year round
• Small group tour (2 to 6 guests)
• For larger groups, please choose the "Big Group Tour" option when booking
• For a private tour (which can be customized), please choose the "Private Tour" option when booking
• 3-hour tour (if you have someplace to be afterwards, please let your guide know at the beginning of the tour as it can stretch on for more than 3-hours if you are not in a rush)
• Begins below the castle (exact location details will be provided upon booking)
• This is a walking tour, so be prepared (with comfortable shoes) to spend lots of time on your feet
• Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Minimum numbers of 2 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
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Product ID: 108712