Buda Castle District Small-Group Walking Tour In Budapest

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am, Thursdays and Sundays at 2pm
  • Departure Details :
    Budapest, Országház u. 31, 1014 Hungary
  • Return Details :
    Budapest, Hungary
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Embark on a 3-hour,small grouptour of Castle Hill, the oldest part of Budapest. In the company of a historian, explore Budas Castle and the surrounding district of narrow and cobbled streets full of baroque and Gothic facades of historic villas and churches as well as the remains of a synagogue from the middle ages.

Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Small group ensures personal service

Know More about this tour

Start the tour in morning or afternoon 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 Bla IV. He erected a fortress on this spot around 1250 after a devastating invasion by Mongolian hordes. Renaissance 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 from here, followed by a succession of Hapsburg emperors.

Walking past the Presidential Palace and the National Dance Theatre, you'll enter the Castle hill residential district. The modern wars suffered by Hungary did not pass unnoticed here. This part of town, too, was completely destroyed at least twice; once when Hapsburgled troops retook it from the Turks in 1686 and again when the Russians crushed the besieged troops of Nazi Germany in 1945. It was lovingly rebuilt in the 1950s and 1960s.

A highlight of the tour is Matthias church with its abundantly decorated roof and amazing interior. In many ways, this church is not what it seems; to begin with, it is not old. It is, in fact, a very finely executed neo Gothic reconstruction fantasy from the end of the 19th as is the romantic Fishermans bastion at its feet. Nevertheless, it is a strikingly beautiful building. For most of the 19th cultures, populated as it was by the majority Germans, but also by Serbs, Hungarians, Turks, and Jews. The remnants of a Middle Age synagogue and a monument for the last Turkish pasha who ruled Buda still bear witness to that multi-ethnic past.

Along the way, youll also pass numerous town palaces and visit one of them, the house of an 18th century pharmacists family. Here, you can also see the extensive damage caused by the siege of Buda in the first months of 1945, when German troops and their allies were hiding out in the cellars and caves under Castle Hill. Drop by the hidden garden of an interesting gallery, see two wooden hussars and the stone statue of a hussar who conquered Berlin, if only for a few days, and come along a drainage pipe that has to do with the Cold War. Youll also hear about the mythical Turul bird, the genius baron and his amazing chess machine, and the reason why the bells of Catholic churches chime routinely at midday.

The 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.

Inclusions

3-hour guided walk

Professional guide

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Gratuities

Buda Castle tickets (2000Ft for adults and 1000Ft. for students and seniors); Matthias Church (approx. 1500Ft. for adults and 1000Ft. for students and seniors); Fisherman's Bastion: (800Ft. for adults and 400Ft. for students and seniors (fees are subject to change)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A maximum of 6 people per booking

Traveler Reviews

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  • 12-Aug-2019

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable walking tour through the old castle district covering the various architectures, building usage, house names (yes there is a red hedgehog building) and so much more. Our local guide Kata Hidasi was so good making the history really come alive with her stories and the logical sequence we followed. We took the option of having her guide us through St Mathias Church which was definitely well worth it. A highlight of our stay in Budapest.

  • 08-Jul-2019

    The Castle District is a little misleading - you're not going to visit a castle. It's the old town area which is mostly rebuilt because it was damaged so extensively during WWII. It was quiet and not very touristy, except by the church. Our guide, Veronica, was EXCELLENT. She made what could've been a boring tour very interesting. She started the tour with a concise yet brief history of Hungary and was a wealth of information. St. Matthias' church was good, but there's an extra charge. Had this tour been with a bad guide, I would've marked it lower - but Veronica made the tour good.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Katie is an excellent tour guide. She gave us a broad overview of the history of Hungary and Budapest while she navigated us through the Castle District. She pointed small important details and told anecdotes that helped us better understand the culture and lifestyle of the people who lived in the area over the centuries. Highly recommended.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Marianna was extremely knowledgeable- we learnt so much about Budapest's history. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This was a fantastic half day tour of the Buda District led by Marianna. She was the most wonderful guide. She shared with us the 1,000+ year history of Hungary in a way that made it incredibly entertaining. And she showed us all the key sites in the Buda Castle district. Her own personal stories of what it was like under Soviet occupation were fascinating. It was a great way to get to learn a little bit about Budapest. Thank you Marianna!

  • 07-Nov-2017

    We took this tour prior to joining our Avalon river cruise. This tour was far better than any tour Avalon provided. We are so happy we took it. Tour leader was fantastic!

  • 11-Sep-2017

    Highly recommend this tour. It seems the majority of tourist were in the Town Square area and would miss a major part of Prague. Our guide was highly knowledgeable giving us an in-depth tour and commentary.

  • 19-Jul-2017

    Lovely. Guide was very knowledgeable. It is important for people to realize you don't tour INside the castle..which was fine for us.

  • 22-May-2017

    Runa was excellent. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Do a city tour first then this one. This was a more insider tour so take the House of Parliament and city tour first then this one last. It was great.

  • 21-May-2017

    Excellent guide, Runa Hellinga. Runa came and picked us up at the hotel at her own expense.
    We really enjoyed her knowledge and historical comments on the tour.

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