Buda Walking Tour, Budapest

The capital of Hungary Budapest is a relatively young city, resulted from an 1873 merger between Buda on the western bank of the Danube and Pest on the east. Set on a number of hills, Buda is the site of a grand Hapsburg palace with a detached, imperial air of old-time wealth. While in Buda, you can enjoy sweeping views of the opposite Pest, lying across the river, from the Fisherman's Bastion on Castle Hill or Gellért Hill to the south. Come on this walk and see these and other key attractions of this magnificent part of the Hungarian capital.
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Buda Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Buda Walking Tour
Guide Location: Hungary » Budapest (See other walking tours in Budapest)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: kane
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Matthias Church

1) Matthias Church (must see)

This church is officially named the Church of Our Lady. It has been popularly named after King Matthias, who did much to change the architecture of the church and add to the beauty of the building. It is located in the Buda’s Castle District in Budapest.

According to history, it was founded in 1015. The original structure was built in Romanesque fashion. The current structure is Gothic in style and was changed during the 14th Century. It is considered the second largest church in medieval Buda, and the seventh largest in the country.

The church has been the scene of many royal coronations through the years; including Charles IV in 1916 (Charles was the last of the Habsburg kings.) The building was converted into a mosque during the years of the Turkish occupation of Hungary. That is how the ornate frescoes were whitewashed and removed. It was returned to a Christian church in 1686. During this time, some of the more Baroque architecture was added, as part of the church was damaged by cannon fire during the siege to remove the Turks.

In modern times, it has become the home for the Ecclesiastical Art Museum, which starts in the medieval crypt section, and goes up to St. Stephen Chapel. There are a lot of sacred relics and medieval stone art housed here, as well as a replica of the Hungarian Royal Crown.

Why You Should Visit:
Breathtaking architectural intricacies in both the outside tiling and the inside design; a great bonus for when you go to see the Castle and Fisherman's Bastion.

Tip:
You can get here by a small electric minibus (prices from 6 euro) or by funicular from Clark Adam Square to the Castle Hill (same price).
If you're reasonably fit and don't mind heights, make sure to go up to the viewing platform for a 360 degrees of Budapest.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 9am-1pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm
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Fisherman's Bastion

2) Fisherman's Bastion (must see)

Directly adjacent to the Matthias Church is the Fisherman’s Bastion. It is historically a place that was protected from harm by the local fisherman’s guild that had been assigned by the King to defend the city walls in this area. Today, it is better known for its beauty and its lovely view of the city from the Pest side of town.

The structure was built in 1895 and finished completely in 1902. There are seven towers on the building, which symbolize the tents of the leaders that first lead the Hungarian people to their home at the end of the 9th Century. The location is neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque in style.

Entrance to the Bastion is free during the months from November through February each year. The Bastion is located at Szentharomsag Ter, and you can take the Metro to the stop at Moszkva Ter. From there you can hop on the castle bus. This location was recently featured as a pit stop for the people participating in the popular game show called the “Amazing Race.”

Why You Should Visit:
Perfect view of the Danube, Chain Bridge and Pest side of the city. Great for taking pictures.

Tip:
Have a walk around the area, as there are lots of other nice things to see.
They charge you to go up the higher places, but if you go to a café up near the top, it's free.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-11pm
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Buda Castle

3) Buda Castle (must see)

This famous Palace also goes by the names of Buda or Royal Castle, after the fact that it was built on Buda Hill. The building completely dominates the skyline of the city for much of Budapest.

This home to the royalty of Hungary is over 304 meters long and is a sight to see at night.

From a design standpoint, the castle is a mixture of architectural styles. This is due to the fact that it has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times across the history of the country. You can find elements of Gothic, Romantic, and Baroque styles.

The original Royal Residence was built in this spot somewhere around 1247. That building was destroyed and the current oldest part of the castle was constructed during the 14th Century by Prince Stephen, the Duke of Slavonia. (He was the younger brother of King Louis I of Hungary.)

Sadly, the estate rooms of the Royal Palace are no more. Instead, the massive complex now holds the National Library of Hungary, the Budapest History Museum, and the National Art Gallery of Hungary. In 1987, the castle was added to the World Heritage Sites.

Why You Should Visit:
Wonderful complex to walk around, and the views of River Danube and Pest on the other side are fantastic.

Tip:
If you are not very mobile or less used to walking up steep hills consider taking the little carriage train over Chain Bridge which will take you up to the Castle itself.
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Varkert Casino (Verket Palace)

4) Varkert Casino (Verket Palace)

The Varkert Casino is listed as a World Heritage building. It was constructed in the late 19th century. This used to be a pump house that used to supply water to the Royal Palace. Located in Buda, this small casino is near to the Chain Bridge. Designed by Miklós Ybl, one of most famous Hungarian architects, the arched entrance and a fountain add to the grandeur of the building.
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Gellert Hill

5) Gellert Hill (must see)

The 140-m high hill offers one of the best and most picturesque views of the city. The dolomite rock is named after a bishop who carried out his mission in bringing Christianity to Hungarians. In the 18th century, the hillsides of Gellért Hill were covered with vineyards. The Citadel was built after the 1848–49 Hungarian uprising by the ruling Habsburg Austrians, as it was a prime, strategic site for shelling both Buda and Pest in the event of a future revolt. The Citadel has been used also as a prison and shelter for the homeless. Gellért Hill also saw action in the Second World War and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, when Soviet tanks fired down into the city from the hill. Now an affluent residential area, a number of embassies and ambassadorial residences line the streets which wind up the hill.

Why You Should Visit:
Even if you only go up for the views, it is worth the climb.

Tip:
There are several stalls selling food and drinks at the top if you're feeling a little peckish after your climb.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Budapest, Hungary

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

Creating your own self-guided walk in Budapest is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour on Andrassy Utca

Walking Tour on Andrassy Utca

Andrassy Avenue, recognized as a World Heritage site in 2002, is a fine boulevard in the city that dates back to 1870. The entire stretch is lined with cafés, restaurants, luxury shops and cultural institutions. The long, wide road that connects Downtown and City Park is lined with trees and renovated villas and palaces. At the City Park end is the Heroes Square where the most important national monuments are located.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Pest Walking Tour

Pest Walking Tour

Separated from its western neighbor Buda by the magnificent river Danube, the eastern part of Bupadest, formally known as Pest, takes up almost two thirds of the Hungarian capital. Unlike hilly Buda, Pest is predominantly a flat plain with a pretty buzzing and bourgeois setting. It houses some truly magnificent architectural sights, including the Hungarian Parliament itself. In part, this is probably the reason why the Hungarians habitually refer to their capital city as simply "Pest". This walk invites you to explore some of the key attractions of this part of Budapest.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Walking Tour Around Margaret Island

Walking Tour Around Margaret Island

Margaret Island on the river Danube is a popular recreational area. Stretching for around 2.5 km, this place was declared a public park in 1908. Beautiful landscaped parks, ancient ruins and various sports facilities dot the island. The island can be accessed by the Margaret Bridge on the south and the Arpad Bridge in the north. This is a quiet place to laze around and enjoy your day. Vehicular traffic is not allowed on the island and is pedestrian friendly.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Nightlife Tour, Part 1

Nightlife Tour, Part 1

A major city that attracts a lot of visitors each year, Budapest offers a healthy selection of hot bars and clubs where guests are encouraged to party all night long. The diversity of the venues found on the Budapest Nightlife Tour is notable, including decadent nightclubs with heart-thumping live DJs spinning the latest house and techno, hip and artsy crowds relaxing with a cocktail to jazz and reggae, an exclusive rooftop bar requiring a password to get in, and more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Ruin Pubs Tour

Ruin Pubs Tour

A truly unique attraction to the city of Budapest, ruin pubs are thriving modern establishments that are located inside old abandoned buildings. The antiquity inherent in their architecture adds a certain character to these pubs. Inside the spots found on the Budapest Ruin Pubs Tour guests are treated to an assortment of entertainment opportunities, including hot DJ sets, live musical acts, film screenings, theatrical performances, and much more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Budapest without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Budapest, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

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