Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, and was first completed in 1265. Buda Castle was built on the southern tip of Castle Hill, bounded on the north by what is known as the Castle District, which is famous for its medieval, Baroque, and 19th-century houses, churches, and public buildings. The castle is a part of the Budapest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The first citizens arrived to Castle Hill in the 13th century after the Mongolian invasion, seeking protection in the hills of Buda. The first royal castle was built around this time. The golden age of Castle Hill was in the 15th century, following the marriage of King Matthias Corvinus and Beatrix of Naples in 1476. Many Italian artists and craftsmen accompanied the new queen, and Buda became an important European city. After the Turkish occupation, Buda was in ruins. A Baroque city was built, and Castle Hill soon became the district of government. During World War II, Buda was bombed to the ground and had to be rebuilt again.

Though Castle Hill has changed much since building began in the 13th century, its main streets still follow their medieval paths. Some houses date back to the 14th and 15th centuries, giving us an idea of what the Castle District may have looked like back then. Practically every house has a plaque indicating the century in which it was built, and providing details of its history. A surprising number of the buildings are still private homes, as Castle Hill is also a residential area.

Buda Castle Hill is also home to a large interconnected cellar system that consists of natural caves created by thermal waters and man-made passageways. Inhabitants have used the caverns for centuries for storage and shelter. The earliest traces of human life found here are 500,000 years old.

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Angelos Angelidis (8 months ago)
It is an amazing builng or I should say combo of buildings. Such a special architecture, amazing view, very special historical monument. It is worth having a walk around and see a series of special buildings in this area. For example, the recently renovated stable of the castle. This was my second time in Budapest an hence the castle, and I was still amazed
Effie Dimitriou (9 months ago)
Simply amazing. It's what you must see when you visit Budapest. Unfortunately, though, we visited it, last week and it was full with workers everywhere. Hopefully, this was because they were getting ready for Christmas, otherwise, they should end their works really soon, it was a bummer. Other than that, it's a wonderful place. You can get there with the metro or even on foot. The view is breathtaking. Really pretty place.
Ruby PIZZINI (9 months ago)
This place is imposing ... It has exceptional views. On the tour you can see some photographs of its reconstruction and modernization. You can also find a cafe and a small bar in the vicinity of the palace. This world heritage site is a place that you cannot miss.
Victoria Nagy (2 years ago)
Must visit place if you are in Budapest! And the all the refurbishment they have done is excellent and made the Castle so much nicer. Get ready for the cobble stones though ! It is not pleasant to walk on them with anything apart from trainers! The views are stunning and well worth the walk around there.
Claudiu (2 years ago)
Glorious The Magyars traded winning a war for having a nice city, I hope they forget nationalism and look at their history in the proper light, not the brainwashing propaganda fed to them in museums
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