Buda Castle should be on the top of the list for things to see in Budapest! It is located right next to the city centre across the Chain Bridge, so it's easy to reach, and besides the castle, the view to the river and to Pest is also great.
Most of the castle area can be visited for free. An admission is charged only for the museums etc.
And if you are planning to go there, you should might as well visit the Fisherman's Bastion. It's only a few hundred meters away behind the Presidential Palace.
The two of them, Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion are both located in the same Castle Hill (also known as Buda Castle district), and many websites treat them as one attraction.
In Buda Castle you can find
- Hungarian National Gallery
- Budapest History Museum
- National Széchényi Library
- Sándor Palace, the official residence of the President of Hungary
- Concerts and festivals
And don't miss the Royal Gardens on the foot of the Castle Hill on the southeast side (pictures 4-7 in the gallery above).
How to get there
There are severals ways to get to Buda Castle:
- Funicular from Clark Ádám tér (Adam Clarke Square, just after Chain Bridge). It takes you up next to the Presidential Palace and you can see it in this image. There are long lines to get there in the summertime and it costs about 4 euros for adults for one way. 6 euros for return. The funicular has been in service since 1870.
- There are minitrains and such operating from Clark Ádám tér to the castle, but they aren't very cheap either.
- Bus lines 16 (from the centre of Pest, Deák Ferenc tér to Buda side), 16a (only Buda side), 116 (only Buda side) and 916 (night bus, both sides) should take you to Dísz tér, which is located between the castle and the Fisherman's Bastion. Routes: bkk.hu (choose the light blue bus icon in the middle).
- Walking is the easiest option. You can walk there at least from Clark Ádám tér (take the street Sikló utca), Fisherman's Bastion and Buda side of the castle.
- Or the best way to walk there is this:
There's a gate to the Royal Gardens halfway between the Elizabeth Bridge and the Chain Bridge. You can walk through that garden (pictures 4-7 in the gallery above) and take the escalator up. It doesn't take you all the way, but closer. There are a couple of elevators in the area, and you can also try finding staircases inside the walls to get to upper levels more quickly. But by taking this route you get to anyway see a lot more of the castle than you would by taking the funicular straight to the top. And for free.
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