Buda Castle Budapest

The Buda Castle (often mentioned as ‘Budapest Castle’) is on top of the Castle Hill in Budapest on the Buda side, hence the name Buda Castle.

Buda Castle - Royal Palace in Budapest, Hungary

Buda Castle – Royal Palace in Budapest, Hungary (photo by Neil Howard)

It is also known as the Royal Palace and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, currently hosting several museums, and governmental institutions (e.g. the presidential palace).

In recent years, some of the best gastro fairs and cultural festivals were also held here, like the Hungarian Palinka Festival, the Buda Castle Easter Fair, the Budapest Wine Festival, the Hungarian Festival of Folk Arts, and so on and so forth. If you can schedule your Budapest trip for a good festival or fair, you will surely make your holiday even more unforgettable.

Buda Castle

Buda Castle, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, is probably one of the most popular attractions in Budapest.

Entrance Fee – Buda Castle, Budapest

Buda Castle - the Royal Palace in Budapest

Buda Castle – the Royal Palace in Budapest (photo by Matt Adams)

There is no entrance fee to enter the Buda Castle District (streets and squares) on the Castle Hill, which is separated by a thick medieval wall from the nearby residential houses. Further, there is no entrance fee to get very close to the Castle building itself, through the courtyards: you can see the Matthias Fountain, and the amazing statues around the Buda Castle  any time of the year for free, which is in itself a treat.

However, if you wish to enter the buildings of the Buda Castle (the Royal Palace itself), there will be a charge depending on which wing you wish to visit. The various wings of the Buda Castle host cultural institutions, most importantly the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery.

From the Castle walls, including the Disney like fortification called Fishermen’s Bastion, there are great views over the river Danube and its many Budapest city cruises, the beautiful Pest side with 19th century palaces, churches, mansions and more.

In short, the domed building of the Buda Castle complex hosts several museums and institutions, which do charge an admission fee, like the National Gallery showcasing mostly 19th century Hungarian fine art pieces, or the Budapest History of Museum with stone carvings from the Middle Ages, historical displays of the stormy centuries of the city of Budapest, as well as the biggest Hungarian library (Szechenyi Konyvtar).

Opening Hours at the Buda Castle, Budapest

There are no opening and closing times of the Buda Castle district, which is like a hilltop town, meaning that you can wander about the Castle District, plus you can visit the Buda Castle building courtyards at 3 am if you feel like. The entry leading inside the buildings are of course closed, and each museum has its own opening hours.

Photos of Attractions in the Buda Castle Royal Palace

There are several museums within the walls of the Buda Castle District, like the Hungarian National Gallery, the Music History Museum, a small but enchanting Pharmacy Museum, the Military Museum, and there are many beautiful statues in the Castle, like the Matthias fountain, which is about a hunting scene. King Matthias is chasing a deer with his vizsla dogs:

Matthias Well in the Buda Castle

Matthias Fountain in the Buda Castle, Budapest

 

or the lions in the Buda Castle (some don’t like to get frozen in winter time…)

Lion in the Buda Castle, Royal Palace, Budapest

Lion in the Buda Castle, Royal Palace, Budapest (photo by Neil Howard)

Old walls and festival stalls at the Buda Castle, Budapest:

The courts of the Buda Castle, Budapest

The courts of the Buda Castle, Budapest (photo by Christian Lang)

Colours and tiled roofs in the Buda Castle, Budapest:

Colours and tiled roofs in the Buda Castle, Budapest

Colours in the Buda Castle, Budapest (photo by Anthony Tison)

King Matthias Bird – the bird of the most popular and famous Hungarian king, King Matthias (Matyas in Hungarian) was a less common royal bird, the crow. The crow – or corvinus in Latin as was used in the family name of King Matthias – is carrying a ring in its beak on many of the king’s royal accessories.

King Matthias' Crow at the Buda Castle, Budapest - photo by Vic Sharp

King Matthias’ Crow at the Buda Castle, Budapest – photo by Vic Sharp

 
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