Buda Castle should be at the top of your list of things to see in Budapest. It’s located right next to the city center, across the Chain Bridge, and therefore easy to reach. As a bonus, the castle offers a fantastic view to the river and to Pest.
Most of the castle area can be visited for free. An admission fee is charged only for the main attractions, such as museums.
While visiting the castle, you should consider visiting Fisherman's Bastion as well. It's located only a few hundred meters away from castle.
Both, Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion, are situated on Castle Hill (also known as Buda Castle district), and many websites consider them as one attraction.
Buda Castle contains
- Hungarian National Gallery
- Budapest History Museum
- National Széchényi Library
- Sándor Palace, the official residence of the President of Hungary
- Concerts and festivals
And be sure not to miss the Royal Gardens at the foot of the Castle Hill on the southeastern side (pictures 4-6 in the gallery above).
How to get to Buda Castle
- Funicular from Clark Ádám tér (Adam Clarke Square, just after Chain Bridge): It takes you near the Presidential Palace shown in this image. There are long lines to get there in summer, and it costs about 4 euros for adults one way and 6 euros for a round trip. The funicular has been in service since 1870.
- There are mini-trains etc. operating from Clark Ádám tér to the castle. They cost about the same as the funicular.
- The bus lines 16 (from the center 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 Fisherman's Bastion. Routes and timetables: 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.
- Also consider this route on foot:
There's a gate to the Royal Gardens halfway between the Elisabeth Bridge and the Chain Bridge. You can walk through that garden (pictures 4-6 in the gallery above) and take the escalator upwards. It doesn't take you all the way, but closer nonetheless. There are a couple of elevators in the area, and you can try to find staircases inside the walls to get to the upper levels more quickly. By taking this route, you’ll be able to see a lot more of the castle, especially the Royal Garden, than you would by taking the funicular straight to the top. And it’s free of charge.