Two buildings stand out on Castle Hill, the oldest part of Budapest, known for its narrow and cobbled streets and its baroque and gothic facades: the massive and imposing palace on the southern tip of the hill and the colored roof of Matthias Church in the middle, with its rank steeple pointing towards the heavens.
We start our tour at the palace, the ancient seat of royal power and continue walking past the Presidential Palace and the National Dance Theatre, we enter the Castle Hill residential district. The modern wars suffered by Hungary did not pass unnoticed here.
A highlight of the tour is Matthias Church with its abundantly decorated roof and amazing interior. It is, in fact, a very finely executed neogothic reconstruction fantasy from the end of the 19th as is the romantic Fisherman’s Bastion at its feet. Nevertheless, it is a strikingly beautiful building.
Along the way, you’ll also pass numerous town palaces and visit one of them, the house of an 18th century pharmacist’s family as well we will drop by the hidden garden of an interesting gallery. Our tour ends at the Vienna Gate, from where you can see all the way to Obuda (Old Buda), where the Romans founded the city then called Aquincum.
- In the company of a historian, explore Buda Castle, ancient seat of royal power for Turkish Pashas and Renaissance Kings
- Take in the Matthias Church with its abundantly decorated roof and amazing interior
- Ramble through the narrow and cobbled streets of Castle Hill and contemplate its wealth of baroque and gothic facades
- Discover remnants of a Middle Age synagogue
- Visit the house of an 18th century pharmacist’s family