Castle Hill District, Budapest

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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 Hill

    by margaretvn Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    Castle Hill is the centre of Buda and can be reached on foot from the suspension bridge - Szechenyi Lanchid but it is lovely to go up the hill with the cable car and watch the view unfolding.
    The hill was first setteld in the middle of the 13th century when King Bela IV built a fortress to protect the area after a Mongol invasion. With the Turkish conquest in 1541 the Hungarian king was banished and the churches were used as mosques for the next 150 years. Then Hungary was reconquered by Hapsburg Austria in 1686 and during this period the fortress on the hill was further developed and houses, streets and many public buildings were constructed. The rulers lived in Vienna but the palace in Buda comtinued to develop.
    on 3rd March 1800 Joseph Haydn conducted his oratory 'Creation' in the ceremony hall.
    During World War II the castle was under Russian siege for a long time and during the battle the palace and most of the old buildings were completely destroyed. In the early 1950's restoration work started and the palace was reconstructed.
    Today the palace houses museums notable Te Hungarian National Gallery.

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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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    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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    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 #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 #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 #5

    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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    Walk at the hill at dark hours

    by Turska Written Oct 20, 2013
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    We were here once at winter, and during dark hours. Great views over the Danube! And it felt safe to be here at dark. Of course use your common sense, like anywhere.
    If you want to use the funicular down, don´t forget to check the timtable on your way up.

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    Vár (old town on Castle Hill)

    by leffe3 Written May 9, 2007
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    Not the oldest part of Budapest (that honour goes to Óbuda, further north opposite Margaret Island), but certainly one of the most quaint parts of the city. Vár 'shares' Castle Hill with the Royal Palace and its where the rank and file would have lived in the Middle Ages.
    It includes the Fisherman's Bastion and Mátyás Templom, but there's lots of little alleyways, tiny museums, buildings of bright hues of yellow, orange, green and red as well courtyards to stick your nose into, small village squares with individuals celebrated or remembered with statues at the centre. It's easy to walk around - there are essentially four parallel streets running north to south to the Royal Palace.

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    Budapest Castle District

    by xiquinho Written Nov 4, 2006

    Major Sights in Budapest Castle District:
    Royal Palace (Királyi Palota),
    Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya),
    Matthias Church (Mátyás templom).


    Getting to Budapest Castle District
    The best way to get up the hill is to take the Cable Car (Sikló) from Clark Ádám tér at the Buda end of the Chain bridge. The track is almost 100 m long. The cable car runs

    Tickets:

    Upwards: 650 HUF/ 2.6 €
    Downwards: 550 HUF/2.2 €
    Children (3-14 age) 350 HUF/1..4 €

    Operating hours of the cable car: 7.30-22.00, the cable car runs constantly during peak time and at max 10-minute intervals during less busy periods.

    Other option is to take the Várbusz (Castle bus), it departs every few minutes from Moszkva tér.

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    Castle Hill/Varhegy

    by SueWarwick Written Aug 27, 2006
    Statue of King Stephen

    I walked to Varhegy taking Margit Korut (the main road opposite Margit Bridge) then turned up Ostrom Ucta just after the huge Mammut shopping Malls. I entered the walled castle district though the Vienna gate.
    Alternatively you can take Siklo the 19th century funicular. This runs at the opposite end of Varhegy (near to the palace)

    The area contains several museums and monuments in two distinct areas; the old town and the Royal Palace.
    Things are slightly more expensive here then in other parts of the city, understandable considering it is one of the major tourist attractions.
    When I visited there was a fair in the Palace grounds which meant there were thousands of people in and around the Palace so I gave it a miss, however, I found plenty of other things to see and do in the area, walking round the side streets.
    Other attractions include the Fishermen's Bastion which offers great views over the city, Matyas Church, Museum of Commerce and Catering and The Golden Eagle Pharmacy - the first pharmacy in Buda

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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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