Castle District

Address: Castle District, Budapest, Hungary

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The city’s romantic, cobbled old town.

Budapest’s ‘old town’ is a place of fascinating museums and stunning churches, but more than anything it’s the simple romance of its cobbled alleys and the quaint beauty of its restored medieval houses that people hold dear. A fort and town was first built here in the aftermath of the devastating Mongol invasion of 1241 – King Béla IV recognised that he could more easily protect his citizens if they were safely ensconced at the top of Castle Hill. In the centuries that followed, the district saw its fair share of violence, notably during sieges to eject the Turks in the 17th century and the Germans at the end of the Second World War. However, you can still see some early stone windows and painted wall plaster incorporated during the subsequent reconstructions. Be sure to take a walk around the outer walls at the rear of the district to enjoy wonderful views of the Buda Hills.

Value for money

Price advice

As one of the tourist hotspots, you’ll generally find that the prices of gifts and meals are at a premium in the Castle District.

The funicular railway (7.30am–10pm daily, closed 1st and 3rd Monday of month) costs single/return adult 840/1,450 forints, concessions 520/940 forints.

Expert tips

You can catch several buses up the hill – including the Várbusz from Moszkva tér – but it’s more interesting to take the lovely funicular railway from Clark Ádám tér.

Visit in the evening or early morning and you’ll find the district freer of tourists. Sunrise and sunset are also the times that offer the best of the views – either over the river in front or the Buda Hills behind.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture