Buda Castle free walking tour

Buda Castle free walking tour

Duration: 2 hour

Price: 0 €/person

Departure: Matthias Church

FEEL BUDA CASTLE with our free walking tour! Our tour shows you all the incredible landmarks of Castle District, including Fisherman’s Bastion and Royal Palace. You can enjoy amazing views of the river Danube, Buda Hills, and the city landscape.
Buda Castle is waiting for you!

Sights visited on our tour:

Gellért Hill

Gellért Hill is one of the highest points of Budapest: a beautiful green mountain toped with the Citadel. To climb the Hill is a nice hike, but it really worth it: you can visit the Cave Church, the Liberty Statue, the Citadel, the Garden of the Philosophies and the Villa Wallenberg. Two of the best spas of Budapest are located right next to the Hill: The famous Gellért Spa, and the old Rudas Bath. Besides of being one of the most popular excursion spots in the city, the Hill has always been a sacral place: in the ancient times the Celts and Romans performed different ceremonies here, and according to the legends, in the Middle Aged the witches used to gather here to perform their secret rituals. Come to our Sunset and Night Tour, and find out more :)

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Panorama of Pest

See Budapest like kings have seen it for centuries! The Buda side of the city has always been the royal side simply because it's hilly. While on the other side of the Danube, on Pest everything is immediately so flat. There's no need to hike up, the scooters can take you uphill effortlessly. Forget climbing up the stairs. Ride up and enjoy a bird's eye view of the UNESCO World Heritage capital from uptown and take your unique photos. From atop the hill you can admire the busy metropolis that lie within reach: matchstick-sized avenues that spread out like a spiderweb, steeples and domes alternating and bridges spanning the crystal blue river. Spot the most famous landmarks, such as the St. Stephen's Basilica, the Parliament or Chain Bridge from above.

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Matthias Church

Steps in the northwest corner of the church lead up to the Royal Oratory and the Matthias Church Collection of Ecclesiastical Art (Mátyás-templom Egyházművészeti Gyűteménye), included in the church admission fee, which contains ornate monstrances, reliquaries and chalices, plus replicas of the Crown of St Stephen and other items of the coronation regalia including the coronation throne. Ascending the 200-odd steps of the steeple will bring you to the top of the Panoramic Tower with stunning views of the city. Organ concerts take place in the church on certain evenings continuing a tradition dating from 1867 when Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Coronation Mass was first played here for the coronation of Franz Joseph and Elizabeth, the beloved queen affectionately known as 'Sissi'.

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Fisherman's Bastion

The beautiful castle-like structure on top of the cca. 70 metres tall Castle Dill that can be seen from the Pest side of the city as well is the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya in Hungarian). The Castle District is famous for having baroque and neo-classical houses, churches and public buildings. Getting up to the top of the hill is easy: Just ride uphill with one our Luna e-scooters. The Castle District has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987. (Tip: The Fishermen’s Bastion is open and free to visit all day throughout autumn and winter. In spring and summer, tickets need to be purchased for certain times of the day.)

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Royal Palace

The former Royal Palace has been razed and rebuilt at least half a dozen times over the past seven centuries. Béla IV established a royal residence here in the mid-13th century, and subsequent kings added to the complex. Today, the Royal Palace houses the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum, and the National Széchenyi Library. It's a scenic location. No doubt why it's been used as a background in many films and videos. E.g. Katy Perry's music video "Firework" was shot in the courtyard of the Royal Palace. If you are eager to culture, visit the palace's courtyards during the Wine Festival in September or the Festival of Folk Arts on the 20th of August. Taste a traditional wine or return back home with an artisan souvenir from the festival.

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Funicular

Back then, this was the second funicular railway operating in Europe. The funicular had been meticulously reconstructed and rebuilt in a vintage style after being completely destroyed in a WWII bombing raid. The Buda Castle Funicular was admitted to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1987. Currently it runs on a 95-metre route of 50 metres elevation and has two carriages. The Buda Castle Funicular has two stations, the lower station is at the Buda end of Chain Bridge and the upper station is on Castle Hill, between the Royal Palace and Sándor Palace.

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Panorama of Buda

Although the photos of the Buda panorama are stunning, they don't do justice. It's much better in reality. You have to see it with your own eyes. The tiny, medieval, colourful houses of the old town of Buda tower above each other on the slopes of Castle Hill, which is crowned with Matthias Church surrounded by the Fisherman's Bastion. Having been part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1987, it's undeniably a must-see in Budapest.

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Chain Bridge

Enjoy the sunshine and the light breeze as you ride by the first and most beautiful bridge of Budapest, with massive pillars and impressive stone lions. Picture Budapest in your head! What’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Of course it’s Chain Bridge! From postcards to movies, the iconic bridge is the most famous sight of the city. Chain Bridge was the first Danube-bridge indeed, but it paved the way for all the others. Right now, there are eight major bridges above the river. It was funded by a Hungarian stateman and polymath, Count István Széchenyi: to this day, the bridge’s official name is Széchenyi Chain Bridge. The bridge is currently awaiting renovation, so make sure you visit it before that starts! Don’t miss the most famous sight of the city: explore the Chain Bridge with Luna Tours and check out the notorious lion statues!

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