Have you enjoyed my post about Walking trip in Buda Castle- part 1? Well, as I promised I made the second part of this exciting walking tour. This route starts from Király Stairs (Király Lépcső) located next to Buda Castle Tunnel and ends at Turul Bird Statue. We will finish our trip with the Castle Hill Funicular. After the first part of the trip I started to plan the second one. I made an exact route plan and now I would like to share it with you so you can plan the same route. Of course you will find my Google map below where you can check out the route step by step.
So, let’s continue!
To be honest, I enjoyed this part of Buda Castle much more better than the first one. It has a very romantic and historical vibe, you feel like you’ve been sent back in time. I took the trip with my husband and this time we brought our dog too. You can walk all the way up to Castle Hill on long flight of steps. You’ll recognize a sign of Király lépcső next to Buda Castle Tunnel which is your starting point. A pleasant walk through the stairs will be a perfect start for your tour.
As you get to the top you’ll arrive to Dísz square where you can see the Statue of Independence War (Honvéd szobor). The statue commemorates the Hungarian army occupying Buda in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848-1849. On the pedestal you may notice a date of 21 May 1849 which is the day of the end of siege of Buda. From this date 21 May became the Hungarian National Defence Day.
On your right hand on Dísz square you will pass by a Souvenir Shop. If you have time look around a little bit, maybe you’ll find some interesting gifts to buy.
We will take our way towards Buda Royal Palace along Saint György street. On your left hand you will walk by the building of Army Headquarters. It suffered serious damages during World War II and was almost in completely destroyed condition for more than 50 years. But finally, not so long ago it has been renovated and nowadays you can find temporary exhibitions in the building. Close to it stands the National Dance Theatre which was a Turkish Mosque in the Middle-Ages. As the years went by Carmelite Monks turned it into a monastery. Due to II King Joseph’s order the monastery had to be rebuilt to a theatre. Mainly German performances were held here however the first Hungarian theatre company introduced its performance in 1790. Unfortunately both buildings were under construction so I couldn’t make any photos of them.
On Saint György street you will recognize the Ruins of medieval castle walls. This was a densely populated area in the Middle-Ages. During archaeological excavations lot of priceless historical objects were found in this place. Most of them are now part of Historical Museum’s collection.
Continuing along the path you’ll arrive to the Hungarian Presidential Palace (Sándor Palace). Sándor Palace is the residency of the President of Hungary. Few years ago, when the residency was relocated many people didn’t actually know where the building can be found. Well, it seems Buda Castle was a great choice as the Palace also became a tourist attraction. You can see changing of guards in front of the Palace every hole hour between 8.30 AM and 5:00 PM. On top of that on every last Saturday of each month at 12:00 PM (from spring to autumn) you can see changing of guards with musical ceremony. On the façade the year of construction is written in Roman numerals: MDCCCVI-1806.
Sándor Palace originally belonged to the property of Count Vince Sándor who was famous for its strange behaviour. Well, his son Móric Sándor was known for the same strange behaviour as well. He was a very thin and weak child and only 17 years old when he first rode a horse. According to witnesses he perfectly rode horses starting from the first moment. With unbelievable horse back riding stunts he impressed every guests arriving to the Palace. As he grew older everyone remembered him as the “Devilrider”.
Now, we are walking towards Budapest Royal Palace on Saint György street. That’s right, Royal Palace the Castle of Culture. Medieval history of the Palace is not so clear but we surely know that it was considered as an outstanding royal residence in Europe. During Ottoman rule the building got seriously damaged however in the 19th century it was totally renovated and extended with other buildings. Nowadays, Royal Palace gives home to National Gallery, National Széchenyi Library and Budapest History Museum.
As you step in Hunyadi courtyard the statue of Matthias Fountain will stand almost in front of you. The statue represents the hopeless and unfulfilled love between King Matthias and her love, Ilona. Mentioned in the old legends, King Matthias often mingled among people in disguise. One day he dressed as a hunter and took a walk in the forest where he met a beautiful young lady, Ilona. They both fell in love with each other but the King didn’t reveal his identity. One day Ilona came to Buda to meet the King who was just returning back from an expedition with all pomp and glory. The secret revealed. Ilona new their love can not be fulfilled therefore she was devoured by hopeless love.
Lion Courtyard is the next staion of our trip. The place was named by four Lion statues guarding the entrance. If you take closer look the lions inside put on a serious look on people coming here. At darkening the place amazes visitors with its decorative lighting which gives elegant and very romantic atmosphere. It’s worth to mention that Lion Courtyard is one of the most exclusive outdoor venues where many events, festivals and concerts are held. The Courtyard is bounded by National Gallery, National Széchenyi Library and Budapest History Museum.
My suggestion is to walk through the entrance of Budapest History Museum to see the royal gardens of the Palace. Royal gardens of Buda were the most versatile creation of gardening in Hungary. The Palace also had its unique gardens as well. During history many of them were completely destroyed but fortunately they were rebuilt almost in same condition. New-world Garden (Újvilág kert) is the most popular garden of Royal Palace. You can easily approach the area from Lion Courtyard through a cosy inner garden of Budapest History Museum. Actually as we walked through the Museum’s entrance we arrived to a terrace and took a half hour coffee break.
If you walk along the terrace at the very end you can find the ruins of Stephen tower which was the tallest Gothic building in the 14th century in Buda Castle.
We’ll continue our walk in the direction of Royal Palace Danube’s side. From New-world Garden a narrow staircase leads to a cute little inner garden. This path will take us to the top of castle wall where Statue of Virgin Mary stands out. Virgin Mary statue symbolize the unity of the country and inspires love and piece. The statue represents the special connection between Saint Mary and Hungary, as Virgin Mary is the protector of our country.
Mary’s arms do not come in contact with the little Jesus which aims to express the mystery of incarnation. The child just floats in front of her Mother’s body. He puts his right hand on blessing and holds a ball in his left hand symbolizing the holy universe.
By walking along Danube’s side of the Palace we are heading back to Buda Castle Funicular. Mostly you’ll be amazed by the wonderful view of Budapest. Many famous photos of the city are taken in this area. Enjoy your time and make lots of pictures, selfies to share with your family and friends. On your way, you’ll see the Statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy who was an German-Roman commanders in Austrian history. He played in important role in recapture of Buda Castle and expulsion of the Turks.
When getting back to Saint György square make sure to take pictures and admire the huge monument of Turul Bird Statue. Turul Bird is a mythological symbol of ancient Hungarian past and Conquest. It represents Hungarian national identity and cohesion. Moreover it’s symbol of Divine Providence. According to some writings Turul was military symbol on weapons of Hungarians as well. The Turul also played an important role in Hungarian Conquest. Legends also say that the Bird led them to Carpathian Basin. When the Bird appeared from the sky they followed them, where it disappeared they settled down.
The most known and largest Turul statue is located on top of Kő-hegy near Tatabánya. Supposedly this is the most largest bird statue in Europe. The statue’s wingspan is almost 15 meters.
Our trip almost came to its end now. We’ll take a ride down to Clark Adam’s square with Buda Castle Funicular and finish our trip with a nice cup of coffee at a very friendly Café. Buda Castle Funicular was originally built to facilitate transport to and from work for officers working at Buda Castle. Nowadays it functions as a tourist attraction. Travel time is 1 minute. Ticket price is around 4 EUR/person for one way.
Walking along Lánchíd street you’ll arrive to Marvelosa Café. At the end of our trip we decided to stop by and have a cup of coffee. I think we chose the best place to relax. Marvelosa Café is owned by a family business. The owner of the Café treated us with warm welcoming and perfect customer service. They even brought some treats for our dog too. Interesting thing about the place is that furnishings are created by the family. It really provides a friendly and cozy atmosphere where you can feel yourself comfortable and rest for a while after a pleasant trip in Buda Castle!
I hope you enjoyed the second part of our trip. Don’t forget, in case of any questions please contact me any time!
See you soon!