Buda Castle Quarter is the heart of Buda and one of the most visited historical attractions in Budapest. Along with its significant history it has several less known stories.
Here are some interesting facts about Buda Castle which may inspire you more to discover this unique and outstanding neighbourhood.
1. The oldest building in Budapest
Did you know that the Red Hedgehog House is the most oldest building in Budapest, located in the Buda Castle Quarter? This house was built more than 700 hundred years ago, in 1260. The Red Hedgehog House has a very colourful story and it played many roles over the years. Under the middle window you will see the Red Hedgehog, the symbol of the building. Location: Hess András Square 3.
2. The oldest Confectionery in Budapest
Ruszwurm Confectionery started its operation in 1827 located in the Buda Castle.
Desserts and cakes were carried from this Confectionery for the members of Royal Family in the past. The building survived the siege of Buda in 1849 and still working uninterruptedly. We recommend to taste their heavenly delicious cream pastry dessert. Location: Szentháromság street 7.
3. Statue of András Hadik Hussar
Observe the statue of Andras Hadik who was a Hungarian Hussar in the 18th century. The statue is mostly covered with green rust, except for one area: the horse’s testicals.
Students preparing for engineering come here to polish this part of the horse. According to traditions, this custom will bring good luck for their exams. Location: Úri street
4. Tactile – Invisible
The Tactile-Invisble is a releif of the Fisherman’s Bastion and Church Matthias.
The relief allows blind people to feel these attractions of Buda Castle. The important information of the buildings are provided on the relief with Braille writing. Location: Holy Trinity Square
5. Did you know about Fisherman’s Bastion?
The 7 towers of the Bastion represents the Seven Chieftains of the Hungarians. They were the leaders of the Seven Tribes who played an important role in the Hungarian conquest. You can enjoy an almost 200 degree panorama from the top of the Bastion. The dome of the Parliament and St. Stephen’s Basilica are exactly 96 meters high. This refers to the year of the Hungarian conquest in 896. Location: Fisherman’s Bastion