Perhaps the most imposing sight to see on the banks of the Danube – dominating the skyline and standing as an omnipotent presence on the Buda side – Budapest Castle (or Buda Castle or the Royal Palace) is the latest incarnation of a palace complex that has existed on the Buda Hill since the 13th century.
The original castle was built by King Béla IV but since then the palaces have come and gone a reported thirty-one times with the passing of various wars, monarchs and occupations bringing about their downfall.
Notable Hungarian architects whose design work can be seen as part of the current Neo-Classical inspired Budapest Castle include Miklós Ybl who also designed parts of St Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian State Opera House.
Within the castle complex you will also find the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Széchenyi Library which are all well worth a visit if you are interested in learning more about Hungarian culture, history, art and literature.
During the summer months their are numerous events held in Budapest Castle including the Budapest Beer Festival (Budavári Sörfesztivál) and the Budapest Festival of Arts and Trades.
If you are particularly interested in visiting Budapest Castle you may even want to stay in the castle district at one of the excellent hotels in the area. There are also many excellent restaurants near Buda Castle we are happy to recommend.