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  • Address: Budapest, Hungary
  • Admission: Free

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Castle Hill (Varhegy) Tours

Castle Hill is the medieval heart of Budapest and the centerpiece of the Buda neighborhood. Part of the Budapest UNESCO World Heritage site, the district is home to the city's big-hitter attractions, including the royal fortress of Buda Castle, Matthias Church, and the Fisherman's Bastion. Stroll through Old Town’s cobblestone streets and you’ll find a wealth of historical sites, as well as spectacular views of the the Danube River and adjacent Pest neighborhood.

The Basics
The best way to explore the Castle District is on foot; take a guided walking tour to see the area’s highlights and benefit from the knowledge of an expert guide. For a more personalized experience, opt for a small-group or private tour. Or, combine a visit to Buda Castle with a Danube River dinner cruise, a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Budapest, or an evening sightseeing tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entrance to the Castle Hill district is free, but many individual attractions charge an admission fee.
  • Most museums and attractions are closed on Mondays.
  • Free Wi-Fi hotspots are available in the district.
  • The streets can be steep—wear comfortable shoes for exploring. 
  • Many of the attractions around Castle Hill are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to organize direct transport because the cobblestone lanes can be a challenge for wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Castle Hill is located in Budapest’s Buda neighborhood, on the west bank of the Danube River. The district can be reached on foot or by a short ride on a funicular, or cable railway.  The funicular departs from Adam Clarke Square (Clark Adam ter), located at the Buda end of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. 

When to Get There
Summer—especially July and August—is the most popular time to visit Castle Hill. During these months funiculars run every 10 minutes to accommodate the crowds, and it’s best to plan an early start to avoid waiting in line. Annual events such as the Festival of Folk Arts (August), the International Wine and Champagne Festival (September), and the Pálinka & Sausage Festival (October) are particularly interesting times to visit. 

A Walking Tour of Castle Hill
Ride the funicular up the hilltop and stroll through the maze of cobblestone streets, stopping to admire the Golden Turul, a mythical Hungarian eagle perched atop the gates of Buda Castle. Highlights of Castle Hill include the Royal Palace (home to the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery, and the National Library); the 19th-century Matthias Church, located on Trinity Square; the Labyrinth, with its underground caves and cellars; and the neo-Gothic Fisherman's Bastion.

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Budapest Castle District Walking Tour Including Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, null
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Budapest Castle District Walking Tour Including Fisherman's Bastion

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

Get to know the Buda Castle District! Hungarian history of the Buda Castle District, from the first stone set to the modern day version we see today!  ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.72
Budapest Private Walking Tour, Budapest, Walking Tours
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Budapest Private Walking Tour

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This 4-hour walking tour with a friendly private guide will provide you with an overview of Hungarian history and culture. While visiting the outstanding ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.92
Buda Castle District Small-Group Walking Tour in Budapest, Budapest, Walking Tours
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Buda Castle District Small-Group Walking Tour in Budapest

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Embark on a 3-hour, small group tour of Castle Hill, the oldest part of Budapest. In the company of a historian, explore Buda’s Castle and the surrounding ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Buda Castle Explorer with an Entrance Ticket to Matthias Church from Budapest, Budapest, Historical ... 
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Buda Castle Explorer with an Entrance Ticket to Matthias Church from Budapest

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Hit the historical side of Budapest during this walking tour on the Castle Hill. Peek into the city’s oldest confectionery shop, hear stories and tales of the ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.39
Budapest Combo: Buda Castle District Including Fisherman's Bastion with Night Walking Tour and ... 
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Budapest Combo: Buda Castle District Including Fisherman's Bastion with Night Walking Tour and River Cruise

Explore the fascinating city of Budapest with a Budapest Combo tour including a walking tour of Castle Hill (Varhegy) and a 3-hour evening tour. Admire the ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $80.69
Private Historical Tour of Buda Castle, Budapest, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Historical Tour of Buda Castle

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Embark on a 3-hour, private walking tour of Castle Hill; the oldest part of Budapest. In the company of a historian, take a personalized, tour of Buda Castle ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $290.00
Full-Day Budapest Sightseeing Tour By Car, Budapest, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Full-Day Budapest Sightseeing Tour By Car

Discover the top attractions and hidden secrets of the Hungarian capital by car on this 10-hour Budapest sightseeing tour. Stroll through the streets and ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $522.08
Budapest City Tour with Castle Hill Funicular and Boat Ride, Budapest, Full-day Tours
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Budapest City Tour with Castle Hill Funicular and Boat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore Budapest on foot, by cable car and boat on this three-hour guided tour. Wander the grounds of Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and learn ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.97
Budapest City Tour by Public Transport, Budapest, City Tours
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Budapest City Tour by Public Transport

Budapest features a remarkably comprehensive and efficient public-transportation system, so to truly experience Hungary’s capital the way that locals do, there ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Budapest Danube River Dinner Cruise, Budapest, City Tours
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Budapest Danube River Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 649 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing night out in Budapest with this scenic Danube River cruise. Sip drinks including wine and Sparkling wine and choose an optional Hungarian ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.53

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