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Check out one of my first posts about an exciting walking trip in the Buda Castle. As you probably already know, the Buda Castle is one of the most famous attractions in Budapest and has many interesting facts, that’s why I decided to write my first post about it.
I made a route plan according to which I walked around the Buda Castle and now I would like to share my experience with you. Don’t worry, you will find my Google Map below where you can check the route from step by step and make the same walking trip. Since there is a lot of interesting places and buildings to visit in the Castle District, this adventure has been separated in 2 parts. The first part of the trip begins at Batthiány Square and ends at Matthias Church. The duration of this trip is around 2,5-3 hours.
So, let’s get started!
We will start our trip by walking all the way up to Buda Castle from Batthiány Square. As we reach Kagyló street there will be a long flight of steps which leads to the Castle District.
As you reach the top of the steps first you will arrive to Europe Park (Európa-Liget). If you have time, look around a little bit.
The Europe Park is famous for its trees. In the 1900s the mayors of European cities have brought and planted trees on the occasion on the 100 years anniversary of Budapest. The plaques next to the trees indicates the name of the city where the trees were brought from.
Right before you enter the Castle District you will pass the Monument of Hedvig and Jagelló which symbols the historical connection between Hungary, Lithuania and Poland.
And now we will arrive to Vienna Gate (Bécsi Kapu). This is the north entrance of Buda Castle. As the name indicates, it was possible to connect the Vienna highway only through this gate in the past. It’s good to know that you don’t have to pay any entrance fee to visit the Castle District, it’s totally free.
And now our tour is just getting started!
As you pass through Vienna Gate you will be amazed by the old, charming streets and different kind of architectural styles.
I recommend walking along Táncsics Mihály street first by turning left. Take a look at the baroque architecture, the shapes and different kind of architectural motifs on each building. Mostly they were built in the 18th and 19th centuries.
As you walk along Táncsics Mihály street check out this wonderful little store, Red Hedgehog Traditional Folklore Store where you can buy traditional Hungarian folklore products.
The above picture shows the embroidering clothed traditional Hungarian “Matyó” dolls and many other handmade souvenirs with the typical motifs and patterns.
As we reach the end of Táncsics Mihály street you will see the Red Hedgehog House (Vörös Sün Ház) which is one of the oldest building in Budapest. It was built more than 700 years ago.
In the 1400s it was turned in to a seven-room Inn which was the only Reception in the Buda Castle that time. Records also show that in the 1600s the Turkish governor (Abdurrahmám Abdi Arnaut) lost his life in front of this building.
The Red Hedgehog House also hosted theatrical performances with which it became the first Hungarian children’s theatre in the 1700s. The building has been damaged several times throughout history, but nowadays, due to renovations, you can see it in good condition.
Now we arrived to Hess András Square. Here you can see a Statue of Pope Innocent II., cardinal of the Catholic Church. He had an important role in expelling the Turkish occupying forces out of the country. The last Turkish governor of Hungary was killed in this spot. For this reason, the statue was sculptured for the 250th anniversary of the recapture of Buda Castle.
Don’t forget to take a picture of the relief showing King Matthias on the wall of the tower. The relief is a copy of the original one, however according to some opinions it is the most realistic creation of King Matthias.
From this spot you will see the beautiful Matthias Church but this will be the last station of our trip. We will leave the best part to the end. Now we will walk back on Fortuna street because a lot of attractions are just waiting to be seen!
At the end of Fortuna street you will notice an interesting architecture, this is the National Archives of Hungary. This building preserves centuries-old documents. The decorative roof is made of pyrogranit ceramics which is produced in Zsolnay Porcelain Manufactory.
After we took pictures of the building we will turn left on Nádor street where you will see the Church of Mary Magdalena.
The Church was built in the 1200s and unfortunately it had been damaged during World War II. Today the church has its tower only and every hour you can hear the bell’s chimes.
You can also check the view from the top of the tower, the price is around 1500 HUF/ person. We walked up on narrow and winding stairs and we got muscle soreness next day but it’s totally worth it. The view is beautiful!
Near Church of Mary Magdalena you can take pictures of the Museum of Military History as well.
The museum introduces military materials of Hungary’s wartime history from the Hungarian conquest to nowadays.
Now that we walked around the north area of the Castle, its time to turn our way back towards Church Matthias on Aprad Toth promenade, the most stunning street in the Castle District.
Originally this part used to be a military area but in the 19th century it has been planted with trees after the Castle’s military purposes ended.
You will see a beautiful view from the promenade to the the Buda Hills. Take your time and make some fascinating photos!
As we walk along on Tóth Árpád promenade we will turn left to Szentháromság street. I suggest to take a short coffee break. Near to Church Matthias there is this fantastic cafeteria called Ruszwurm Confectionery which is the best in Buda Castle.
This Confectionery not only provides the best coffee and dessert but it is also famous for its old history. The building has been operating since 1827, it survived the Hungarian revolution of 1848 and also World War II.
I had a big coffee latte and Ruszwurm Cream Pastry which is their famous dessert. Cream Pastry is a very rare dessert in Hungary but this was the best one which I had in a long time!
After we took our short break we can finally check one of the most famous attractions of Buda Castle – thats right – Church Matthias and Fisherman’s Bastion!
Here you can spend a lot of time by taking many photos, selfies, group pictures and enjoy the beautiful view!
Matthias Church is one of the most famous catholic churches in Budapest and it is the heart of Buda Castle. Originally the church was known as the Chuch of Our Lady, referring to Virgin Mary, the Patrion Saint of Hungary.
Matthias Church hosted several coronation events, princely wedding ceremonies and political discussions. Both of Matthias’s weddings was held in this church.
During the Turkish occupation the church was turned in to a Turkish mosque. After the 150-year period Ottoman rule (Turks) Hungary was took over by the Habsburg empire and the mosque was turned back to a catholic church again.
The Church was rebuilt and reconstructed during the Millenium celebrations in the 1890s. At this time it gained its final appearance.
In front of the Church you will notice the Statue of Holy Trinity. The short story related to the statue can be traced back to the 1600s.
During the outbreak of Black Plague in 1691 many people lost their lives. The Satue of Holy Trinity was built in hoping that the outbreak will end. On the top of the Statue you can see the Father, Son and the Holy spirit.
The Statue of Saint Stephen King is right next to Church Matthias. This is the Statue of the first King of Hungary. The 4 releifs on the side of the statue symbols important moments of King Stephen’s rule.
Behind the statue of Saint Stephen you will be amazed by Fisherman’s Bastion! The Bastion was built on the occasion of the 1000 years anniversary of the Hungarians Settlement.
Years ago these parts of the bastion was protected by the guild of fisher mans and there was a fish market at the foot of the mountain. That’s where the name comes from. The 7 towers of the bastion represents the seven Chieftains of Hungary. You will see a wonderful view from the top of the Bastion.
We spent so much time taking photos and walking around that in the meantime night had fallen.
It luckily came out because we had the chance to take photos about the Fisherman’s Bastion at night.
I think this was the best ending of our wonderful trip in the Buda Castle.
At the end of the tour we walked back to Batthiány street through the stairs starting from Fisherman’s Bastion, then we turned left on Toldy Ferenc street and walked all the way back to the starting point. Below you find my custom Google map so you can make the exact route from start to end.
I hope you enjoyed my tour, please feel free to contact me in case of any questions.
See you soon!