Castle Hill District, Budapest

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    Castle Hill District #4

    by al_mary Written Oct 20, 2005

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    Lovingly restored after being reduced
    to rubble during World War II, this very
    picturesque area is located in the heart
    of medieval Budapest, which is very much
    still characterized by cobblestone streets,
    narrow alleys and lovely squares with many
    baroque and classical buildings ....

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    Castle Hill District #3

    by al_mary Written Oct 20, 2005

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    Lovingly restored after being reduced
    to rubble during World War II, this very
    picturesque area is located in the heart
    of medieval Budapest, which is very much
    still characterized by cobblestone streets,
    narrow alleys and lovely squares with many
    baroque and classical buildings ....

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    Castle Hill District #2

    by al_mary Written Oct 20, 2005

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    Lovingly restored after being reduced
    to rubble during World War II, this very
    picturesque area is located in the heart
    of medieval Budapest, which is very much
    still characterized by cobblestone streets,
    narrow alleys and lovely squares with many
    baroque and classical buildings ....

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    Castle Hill District #1

    by al_mary Written Oct 20, 2005

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    Lovingly restored after being reduced
    to rubble during World War II, this very
    picturesque area is located in the heart
    of medieval Budapest, which is very much
    still characterized by cobblestone streets,
    narrow alleys and lovely squares with many
    baroque and classical buildings ....

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    Walking To The Castle Hill District

    by al_mary Updated Oct 20, 2005

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    Instead of taking a bus, we decided
    to walk up the residential area up
    to the Castle Hill District.
    It was alot of fun, and we got alot
    of good pictures of old buldings.
    and even stopped to meet and
    talk with a few of the locals ....

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    Walk Around The Castle District

    by kadybay Written Jun 12, 2005

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    St Matthias Church

    There are many things to see in the castle district including St Matthias church, Fishermans Bastion, the castle, lovely streets and houses, gorgeous views across the Danube towards the Parliament,etc. Spend an afternoon taking in all the sights for hardly any money!
    In particular, St Matthias church is stunning inside. Lots of stained glass and beautiful details.
    See more pics in my Castle District Travelogue!

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    CASTLE HILL

    by mtncorg Written May 21, 2005

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    Mattias Church and Fisherman's Bastion on the Hill

    This is the medieval centrum for Budapest. The Romans had started a bit upstream and then the townsite centered more on the Pest side. That was indenfensible however, as the Mongols showed, in 1241, when they razed the town and killed everyone within. Rebuilding took place the next time with defenses in mind and the city was moved across the river to hill that became Castle Hill. The hill shows steep faces on north, east and south. On the south side, a large castle emerged with the town occupying the north end of the hill. Fortifications were constantly upgraded through the years, but when the Turks came in 1541, they played little role in the Turkish success. The Turkish occupation lasted 150 years and was overcome after a tremendous siege in 1686, inaugurating Hapsburg rule over the Hungarian kingdom until the Empire's fall in 1918. The castle was rebuilt in grander yet style under the Hapsburg reign, to be pulled down yet again in the terrible siege of 1945 when local Germans introduced a gulasch-version of Gotterdamerung.

    Today, the Castle Hill has been rebuilt into a glorious reminder of what has been. Six museums are located atop the hill - three within the Royal Castle. Walk among the baroque buildings and among the leafy hillsides lying along the north and south flanks of the hill. If you get overwhelmed by castles, museums, cathedrals, statues, ancientness, crowds ... you always have the view stretching out to the vastness of Pannonia to the east.

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    Landscape from Castle Hill in Winter.

    by toshigiappone Written Apr 25, 2005

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    View from Castle Hill

    I have visited Budapest twice, and I went there in March in both travels. So, I don't know the winter is a good season to call on, because I don't know Budapest in summer, in spring, nor in autumn.

    Anyway, I think that winter is also a good season to go, as everything is covered with snow, and there must be fewer tourists than in other seasons.

    I took this picture from Castle Hill, and Parliament, the Danube, and Margaret Island are shown on this photo.

    However, in winter it can be very cold in Budapest, so be prepared to it!!!

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    CASTLE DISTRICT

    by Ivana5 Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Castle district - Budapest

    * “The Castle District in Buda is the ancient kernel of the capital's right-bank settlement. Everything that surrounds it was once only suburbs. From whatever direction you reach the Castle District, you cross the ramparts which completely encircle Castle Hill. The whole area within the ramparts is protected as an ancient monument: the lines of the streets and the foundations and architectural remains of the buildings retain the atmosphere and memories of the medieval and eighteenth and nineteenth-century capital.” (http://www.iit.bme.hu/hungary/budapest/bptour/bpcast.htm)

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    Streets in the Castle District

    by RhineRoll Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Inside the Castle District (Varhegy)

    It is quite easy to spend an entire day walking around in the castle district and it wouldn't be a waste of time either. There are several very good looking cafes and restaurants where you can get something to eat. We followed a suggestion from Maren's guidebook and had lunch at the trendy Cafe Miro Var (in Uri ut.). I had a pretty good potato soup warming me up from the inside.

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    The Castle District

    by pili Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    The Castle from Pest

    Many of the cities richest attractions are in the district, which is compact enough to cover on foot. Its hilltop setting also offers many vantage points for superb views across the Danube to Pest. -

    Muchas de las más importantes atracciones turísticas se encuentran en la zona del castillo, la cuál es lo suficientemente compacta para cubrir a pie. La cima de la colina donde se halla encalavado el castillo ofrece excelentes vistas para Pest

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    The Castle District

    by edvin_br Updated Jun 5, 2004

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    Buda Castle and Mathias church at the bcakround


    This area is one of the oldest and the most gentle parts of Budapest. It is situated in Buda and it is just the opposite of Vaci utca and the Downtown of Pest.
    This area still looks like a medieval town, The old path with the small stones is still in use, there are some small fountains and a lot of small green gardens. The area is quite, the people are polite and the buildings are colorful with a lot of charm.
    The cream of the crop is the beautiful Buda castle but there is also the Matyas church and the Fisherman Bastion, from where you have a great view to the side of Pest.
    The place is maybe Quite, but it is full of tourists. A good thing about this place, that i belive that it helped to save the area in this condition is that there is almost no vehicle movement in that area. There are also no shops of big firms there but there are some souvenir shops, small boutique and kiosks.

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    Castle District at Night

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 29, 2008

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    The Castle District at night is beautiful. We loved walking around and seeing the Chain Bridge illuminated. Budapest is a wonderful city and to see it aglow at night is spectacular.

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    Castle District

    by klj&a Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    The Castle District is on a hill on the Buda side and has many sites to see among them, Fishermen’s Bastion, St Matthius Church, Buda Castle.

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    View from castle hill

    by William1982 Written Aug 2, 2004
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    One way to see fantastic views of Budapest is to climb upto castle hill. 360degree views over the city and beyond and the various tourist museums and galleries are here. The Gellert baths are nearby.

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