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Castle Hill (Várhegy) Tours

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Castle Hill (Várhegy)
Castle Hill (Várhegy) 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.
Address: Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry & Cafe StopHistorical & Heritage Tours

Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry & Cafe Stop

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Admire the beautiful Buda Castle District on a walking tour in Budapest. Follow a local guide around the cobblestone streets and hear stories of the city’s rich history. See UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Royal Palace, as well as the lesser-known landmarks such as Sandor Palace. Be sure to capture pictures with family and friends from the panoramic lookout of Fisherman’s Bastion before you head out.
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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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This Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour of Budapest is one of the easiest ways to get around the city while you’re traveling. Book your night tour, 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket and explore at your own pace. The route stops at many key areas of Budapest, including Heroes’ Square, the Hungarian Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Hungarian State Opera House. The bus offers free onboard Wi-Fi and recorded commentary about Budapest's sights in several languages.
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Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest

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Experience the beautiful sights of Budapest on a cruise along the Danube River. See famous landmarks such as the Chain Bridge, which connects the eastern and western sides of the city, as well as Buda Castle. On board you can enjoy wine and Hungarian sparkling wine and a buffet-style dinner included on the cruise, based on the tour option selected. Live music sets the mood as you glide past the capital city’s stunning backdrop.
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Evening Cruise on the Danube with Optional Drinks

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Sip and sightsee along the Danube on this evening cruise in Budapest. Choose from multiple cruise options to suit your preferences and admire the stunning views of Buda Castle, the Parliament House, and the Citadel. Additional drinks are available for purchase on board as the evening continues along Budapest’s sparkling panorama.
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Experience an organ concert at St. Stephen’s Basilica on your next trip to Budapest. The sound inside the dome of this neoclassical church makes it the perfect spot for Bach and Vivaldi, performed by some of Hungary’s most revered musicians. To continue the festivities, upgrade to a late-night dinner cruise on the Danube afterward, and toast to the beautiful view with a glass of Sparkling wine. A traditional Hungarian meal is also available on board, served buffet-style. Along the way, pass UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Buda Castle, lit up for the evening hours.
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Budapest in a Day Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour

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Budapest is full of UNESCO-listed monuments, architectural wonders, and lively markets, but visiting on a group tour means a fixed itinerary and less time to explore. Instead, maximise your time with a private full-day tour by luxury vehicle and tick off attractions such as Buda Castle, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, St Stephen’s Basilica, and the Central Market. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Hungarian Dance Performance with Danube Night Cruise

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Soak up Hungarian scenery and culture on a Danube dinner cruise and folklore concert. First, enjoy live music and dancing at the Danube Palace or the Hungarian Heritage House with one of the most highly regarded folk ensembles in the country. Afterward, take a cruise along the Danube, sipping wine and sampling a Hungarian buffet dinner. Enjoy a sparkling view of Budapest’s panorama, which has rightfully earned its title as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Budapest Private Walking Tour

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Get an in depth look at Budapest’s attractions and contemporary culture on a four-hour walking tour. Your private guide conveniently meets you in your hotel lobby before you set off to visit the city’s most popular sights. Enjoy included traditional cake and coffee, before pre-paid public transportation takes you to Castle Hill. You set the pace and decide how much time you want to spend at each location.
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See Budapest from a private plane at the most magical time of day during this sunset flight. After a pre-flight glass of Hungarian sparkling wine, take to your plane and let your pilot showcase the city from above as its buildings are illuminated in the soft hues of dusk. See the Parliament and Royal Castle, follow the Danube River, and soar over Gellért Hill. Your experience includes private hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Castle District Tour

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We made this tour for those, who are interested in architecture, history, hungarian cakes and amazing stories from the past and present life of the Buda Castle area.
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Discover the medieval streets of Buda Castle

The castle tour gives a historical overview of the Buda Castle district, which is a UNESCO World heritage site. We will have a nice walk among nice baroque style buildings through the small cobblestone streets. You will hear how the castle was built and designed and historical stories about the medieval Buda and the Jewish community of the 14th century. I will show one of oldest historical café, here you will be my guest for a nice cake. Optional: we can visit the museums, the Matthias Church inside and we can also use the Funicular Railway "Sikló" to go up to the Buda Castle Hill.
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Get an in-depth look at Buda Castle and Old Town on a private four-hour walking tour. This is an opportunity to go beyond what you’d get in an average tour. Listen as your guide tells you behind-the-scenes stories about Dracula, Houdini, and Hungarian royalty as you traverse the historical areas. You set the pace and can feel comfortable interacting with your private guide.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Buda Castle Tour Including Ticket to Matthias Church

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Stroll up Budapest's Castle Hill with a local guide on this 3-hour walking tour. As you pass stately buildings with unique architectural details, hear stories about their histories and past occupants. Stop by the city's oldest confectionery and Hungary's first private art gallery before ending up at Matthias Church. With your included entrance ticket, explore the interior of the 14th-century church, constructed in the Gothic style. Leave your tour with some tips on where to get lunch or an afternoon coffee in the surrounding neighborhood.
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Budapest’s many highlights can be difficult to tick off on limited time. Experience 2 top city experiences in 1 day on a tour of the iconic Hungarian Parliament, followed by a dinner cruise. Benefit from insights provided by your guide as you explore Parliament at a time that suits you, then conclude a busy day of sightseeing with dinner, drinks, and live Hungarian music as you cruise across the Danube.
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Discover Budapest’s cuisine, history, and river all in the span of a few hours.  Your experience begins with a guided tour of the House of Parliament in the language of your choosing.  Then, enjoy a buffet lunch of Hungarian food (with vegetarian options) as you cruise along the Danube.  As a special bonus, you’ll receive complimentary tickets to visit two historical boats.
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Experience a birds-eye view of Budapest on a thrilling sightseeing flight. You are served a glass of Hungarian sparkling wine before hopping aboard a private, 4-passenger plane to witness spectacular views of the city. Fly over the Parliament Building, Buda Castle, and the famous Chain Bridge, and enjoy aerial views of Fisherman’s Bastion and the statues at Memento Park.
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Private Budapest Car Tour

Get a comprehensive overview of Budapest's most important landmarks, combined with the personalized attention of a private guide. During this 3-hour tour, see the best Budapest has to offer, including visits to the Castle District and St. Stephen's Basilica. This private tour for just you and your party includes round-trip hotel transportation.
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See Budapest from an entirely different perspective during a 25-minute evening helicopter ride. In a private 3-seat helicopter, you’ll glide over Hungary’s capital and absorb aerial views of top attractions including Castle Hill (Varhegy), Buda Royal Palace, and Budapest Parliament House, all illuminated at night. Receive a glass of Champagne to toast your tour and enjoy the convenience of pickup and drop-off at your Budapest accommodation.
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Budapest Night Flight by Private Plane

Admire the glittering lights of Budapest from above on a private evening flight. Settle aboard a private plane, and soar along the illuminated Danube River as its winds through Hungary’s capital. Gaze down at floodlit landmarks including the Parliament building, Chain Bridge, and Castle Hill, and take in views of the Gellert Baths, Gellert Hill, and Gellert Citadel bathed in lights. Pre-flight Hungarian sparkling wine and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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