Located on the west bank of the Danube river is the UNESCO World Heritage site – the Buda Castle district. It is an inevitable landmark for every tourist that visits Budapest. After cycling around Margaret Island we decided to have another look at this magnificent area. Since it wasn’t our first time in the city we just took a walk through this whole part of town without getting into any of the world famous sights.
We entered the medieval fort from the north side. The colorful low buildings in the cozy streets made our stroll pretty picturesque.
After the narrow streets we arrived in front of the St Matthias Church. This architectural masterpiece is one of Budapest most famous tourist sites. Built by King Bela IV in the 13th century, the church went through many changes in its rich history. Although most of the original building was destroyed, during the reign of King Matthias it was rebuilt. It got the new Gothic look and a new name in the 15th century. The towers got their names in honor of the two kings. The smaller is named after King Bela, the taller after King Matthias. The church was turned into a mosque during the ottoman rule in the 16th century.
Today it’s very popular landmark of the city and is visited by almost every tourist that comes to Budapest.
Just behind the St Matthias Church is the Fisherman’s Bastion. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, this terrace is a place where you can find magnificent views of the whole Pest. The mix of the neo-romanesque and neo-gothic architectural styles give this place a feeling like you are inside the world of Harry Potter.
After wandering around the St Matthias Church and enjoying the view from the Fisherman’s Bastion we decided to follow the signs to the little known museum called Hospital in the rock. The story behind this amazing surprise of a museum can be found on this link. This is a really great addition to Budapest’s long and eventful history. The museum is so cool that I am going to make another link to it here, just in case you missed the first one.
After the shocking visit to the Hospital in the rock we continued our stroll through the Buda Castle district. The biggest building located on the Buda Hill is definitely the Buda Castle. This impressive, 300m long, structure looks over the river Danube. Today it houses two of the Budapest’s most important museums: the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.
Buda Castle district has something for every tourist. It has churches, museums, restaurants, architecture, views and much more. It is a great way to spend a day enjoying some of the finest things Budapest has offer.
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