Categories: Destinations

Castle Hill, Budapest

Castle Hill in Buda, is on the western side of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. Castle Hill, known as Várhegy in Hungarian, was first settled in the thirteenth century, after a Mongol attack led Buda’s citizens to seek a more easily defended neighborhood.

There are a lot of things you should see, like:
Royal Palace is probably the most popular attraction on Castle Hill. It is unusual in that it has never actually been occupied by the Hungarian Royal family, and is more of a pseudo-historical mishmash, like the Mátyás-templom.

Mary Magdalene Tower, on the corner of Országház utca and Kapisztrán tér is the part of a 13th-century Franciscan church used by Hungarian speakers. Under Turkish rule, this was the only church allowed to remain Christian: all others were converted into mosques. The chancel was destroyed in World War II and has not been rebuilt except for one stone window, as a memento.

Vienna Gate at the northern  end of Castle Hill. This was the market for non-Jewish merchants in the Middle Ages, and is where all four streets that run the length of the hill converge.

Fisherman’s Bastion is a large white tower and lookout terrace complex you see hanging over the side of Castle Hill beneath the Mátyás Church.
The National Gallery that houses an astounding collection of paintings. For those interested in Hungarian artists, this is the museum to visit. The exhibition of nineteenth-century Hungarian paintings is most notable.

This is a perfect place to visit in this part of the year, so go pack your bags and visit Castle Hill!