The Buda Castle District is iconic, perhaps one of the most famous and most seen in photos (next to the Chain Bridge), a favorite destination not only for foreign but also for domestic travelers. We do not know a person who would not have visited here during his first visit to Budapest. The magnificent buildings, the charming surroundings, the old houses, and the streets offer many attractions. There are so many things to do here, you can spend a whole day here, there are many attractions, the restaurants are open all year round and there are many exciting experiences over the city in both winter and summer.
The Buda Castle District is one of the districts of the 1st district of Budapest, from where there are wonderful views of the entire city, the Danube, the deservedly famous bridges of Budapest and the Parliament. It has also been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1987. You can't go on a trip to Budapest without a visit. If you come to Budapest, it is obligatory to experience and admire the incomparable experience and the beautiful spectacle that you can see from this side of the Danube.
There are many monuments of medieval origin in the area, as well as 17-18 century residential houses and public buildings. The three main parts of the Buda Castle District are the Buda Castle Palace, St. George's Square and the historical residential area. There is an extensive system of caves, tunnels and cellars under the Castle District, which was used as a hospital and warehouse by the German and Hungarian armies during the Second World War.
One of the main ends of the cave system of the Buda Castle is located under Úri street. Many of the caves are now closed, but many are still in use today and can be visited.
This is also home to the National Gallery, which moved here about 40 years ago. Since then, the historical walls have served as a setting for the most famous works of Hungarian fine art and the periodical exhibitions of world-famous international artists. It can also be interesting to visit the exhibited works with children. It is worth seeing the permanent exhibition, especially if we have a Budapest Card, as the entry to the exhibition is free with the card.
What else can the card be used for in the Castle District.
What is not to be missed is the underground halls of the Atombunker Museum of the Rock Hospital and a tour there. The tickets are valid for a walk, which can take a 60-minute. Fortunately, with the Budapest Card, there is a 30% discount on the original ticket price.
These tunnels played a very important role during World War II and in the 1956 Revolution and War of Independence. They were used by the wounded. The exhibition can be quite shocking and disturbing, so children under the age of 6 are not allowed to visit.
Interestingly, the cave hospital served as a nuclear bunker during the Cold War and operated as a top-secret facility until 2002.
As public transport is free with the Budapest Card, we can safely use the bus nr. 16, the castle bus to get to the Holy Trinity Square. Here you will find the two most characteristic buildings of the Buda Castle District, the Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion. When tourists arrive up here, they see how beautiful Budapest truly is.
The “Church of the Assumption” in Buda, also known as the Matthias Church, is an unavoidable attraction of the Buda Castle. Few know, but the church, famous for its amazing views and beauty, was built in the middle of the 13th century and its characteristic bell tower was built in 1470, when King Matthias placed the coat of arms on the southwest wall of the tower. Two ruling ranks were also crowned here. The adornment and special feature of the church is the world famous Zsolnay roof tiles.
Not far from the church, just a few meters walk away is the Fisherman's Bastion, which offers perhaps the most beautiful view of the city. Here we can also admire the Danube and the Parliament all day long. The holiday and the tour would not be complete without a little gastronomic experience, which is why several cool restaurants and cafes were included in the discounts of the Budapest Card. You can book a table in the Fisherman's Bastion Restaurant, where you can even get a 20% discount on the price of your lunch or dinner by presenting the Budapest Card.
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