Buda Castle District Small-Group Walking Tour In Budapest

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • 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 :
    This activity is non-refundable 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)

Entry/Admission - Matthias Church

Entry/Admission - Fisherman's Bastion

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A maximum of 6 people per booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-Oct-2022

    Andras is a great professional guide. He is very knowledgeable, open for the questions and discussions. My husband and I were impressed by his tour. Highly recommended!

  • 29-Aug-2022

    Small group (just the two of us) on a great walking tour of the Castle District of Budapest. Our guide Peter was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable of what seamed like every inch of this unbelievable and large historic area. A full 3 hours of walking. Came away with a great appreciation of the history and beauty of Buda. A great way to see area in a small group which seemed way better than the much larger tour groups we passed.

  • 20-Apr-2022

    Kata was a fabulous guide. Her knowledge of Hungarian history and love for her country gave us an exceptional tour experience. She personalized our tour with many unique stories. She knew the best photo op points along the way. Highly recommend.

  • 12-Apr-2022

    Kata was a very energetic and friendly guide. Very knowledgeable and educated. Her command of Hungarian history is great and she can relate the facts to present day. Her national pride also makes her special. Excellent English and communication skills. Highly recommend three hours with her.

  • 21-Sep-2021

    Because of the small group eveverybody could ask individual questions. Guide was very competent. Highly recommended. Price is absolutely OK.

  • 22-Sep-2019

    Our guide, Kata, was exceptionally knowledgeable and engaging. She matched our pace and shared so much of the history of the area. She answered all our questions with patience and grace. She was so personable, and her enthusiasm was contagious.

  • 12-Sep-2019

    What a great small group tour of the Buda Castle District! There were four of us and our tour guide Kata was awesome! She told us lots of interesting historical information, as well as fun stories about the people who were important to the era. She made our tour very enjoyable!

  • 26-Aug-2019

    We had a great time on the Buda castle tour. Our guide, Tamas, was an excellent tour guide. With his knowledge, jokes, and energy, the tour was very interesting and easy to follow.

  • 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.

  • 09-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.

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