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BUDAPEST CASTLE HILL SIGHTSEEING - BUDAPEST

Budapest Castle HillCastle Hill Sightseeing – The Budapest Castle complex of buildings is on the west side of the Danube and perched up on Castle Hill overlooking the Danube. From the Pest side, you can stroll across the Chain Bridge, and then you can take the funicular railway 2 min ride, or walk up the hill.

On Castle Hill in Budapest, there are many sights – the Vienna Gate, the remains of the Magdalen Tower, the Museum of Military History, the National Archives Buildings, etc.

Beneath the Castle Hill are cellars, caves, tunnels and so on cut into the hillside. Some of this is open to the public but more is being discovered on an ongoing basis. Parts of the caves have been transformed into a unique and interesting tourist attraction – The Labyrinth. The rest is being slowly excavated – this is the area used as a Bunker by top generals of the Nazi Army towards the end of World War II. There is layer on layer of caves and cellars and part of it was mined and booby-trapped, hence the very slow progress in unearthing it all.

Stroll along Uri Uca (Gentlemen’s Street). Medieval and baroque houses, side by side, each different, and well restored. Also walk along Disz Ter, the old market square.

A strange example of juxtaposition of styles can be seen on Buda Hill. One of Budapest’s two Hilton Hotels is situated here. It is a modern building but it is built onto the Tower of the Church of St Nicolas and there are the preserved ruins of part of a Dominican Convent and Cloister
inside the hotel. It is kind of eerie to wander from the plush foyer and sitting rooms of the hotel straight to the old, old stonework of the convent. (The ruins of another Dominican Convent were unearthed on Margaret Island after the great floods of 1838.)

FISHERMAN’S BASTION
Wow! This is where you look across the Danube River to the Pest side of Budapest and marvel at the impressive Parliament Buildings (on the edge of the Danube). The Fisherman’s Bastion dates from the late 19th Century and is a huge big stone edifice.

ROYAL PALACE

A marvellous palace of impressive size, The Royal Palace in Budapest almost faces the Parliament Buildings across the Danube River. It houses several museums.

OBUDA (OLD BUDA)
This is a beautifully restored part of Budapest. The Town Hall of Obuda and the Zivchy Mansion are foremost among the gracious buildings, but many of the house previously owned by the rich and powerful of Budapest are here and a walk down Fo Street will reward you with the differing romanctic and classical styles. The Turkish influence can be seen in the Kiraly Baths, the chapel of Baba Gul on the Hill of Roses (Baba Gul the Turkish dervish set up a monastery here and planted the area with roses).

BUDAPEST TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS – The sights below are “must do’s” on any visit to Budapest. After you’ve been, you’ll have your own list. Budapest has a wide range of important sightseeing options but many people go without a pre-prepared list of what they want to see – this is wise because around every corner in Budapest is something likely to appeal to someone. Another point about sightseeing in Budapest is that many people don’t have a mental picture of the magnificent buildings such as the Budapest Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace in Budapest, etc – despite the fact they are stunning.

1. Spend some time on Castle Hill, Buda Castle, Royal Palace, Obuda
2. Go to the Budapest Citadella and The Freedom Monument
3. Walk up Andrassy Street to Heroes Square
4. Grab a bit of Culture in BudapestOpera, Concert, Folk Music, etc
5. Look at the wide Danube River and cross over the Chain Bridge
6. Take a trip to somewhere outside Budapest – Danube Bend, Visegrad,
Esztergom, Cruise on the Danube, Szentendre (St Andrew) etc
7. Soothe your aches in a Thermal Bath, visit Vajdahunyad Castle and
City Park (Varosliget)
8. Go on a trip to Statue’s Park
9. Visit some Churches, the Great Jewish Synagogue, St Stephen’s
Basilica, St Matthias Church
10. Admire the Houses of Parliament but make sure to take a tour of the
interior