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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Walking tour of the Buda Castle District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View Buda Castle, also called Buda Royal Palace (Kiralyi Palota)
  • Walk over the cobblestone streets of Castle Hill (Varhegy)
  • See medieval squares and Matthias Church (Matays-templom)
  • Visit Fisherman's Bastion for amazing views of the Danube
  • Enjoy a stop for coffee and cake
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English speaking guide
Skip the line entry and guided tour in Matthias Church
Small-group tour with maximum 10 participants
Pick-up and drop-off
Szentháromság tér , Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary

In the middle of the square at Holy Trinity Column Please calculate longer travel time from city center to the Castle area as the Chain Bridge is permanently closed.

2:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour begins at a central location in Budapest, where your personable guide meets you. From there, make your way to the Buda Castle District and hear about the history of the area as you go.

Get some light exercise climbing the steps up to the Royal Palace, set in the Buda Castle District. As you pass the old-world charm of Holy Trinity, and Disz Square, you also have the chance to see sites slightly off the beaten path.

Continuing on through the cobblestone streets, stop at the beautiful Matthias Church, named after King Matthias, and also known as The Church of Mary. Enjoy priority admission and a guided tour inside the church to learn more.

Your guide ends your tour with a glimpse of the seven towers. Head to the lookout point of Fisherman’s Bastion, which boasts one of the best views of the city. Take a picture from the top as you spot Margaret Island, Parliament, and the beautiful waters of the Danube below. After admiring the panoramic view, you have the option of traveling back to your original departure point with your guide or continuing to explore the area on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Holy Trinity Column
The tour starts at the column and your guide will have a short introduction at the beginning of the tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Halaszbastya
Guests can enjoy the panorama from the Castle Hill over the city and the Danube, Parliament, Margaret Island
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Statue of St Stephen
The guide will introduce the brief history of Hungary at the statue of the state founder St Stephen
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Matthias Church
The tour will show you the historical church inside and your guide will give a detailed description.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Varhegy
The guest can marvel at the old cobble stoned streets along the Castle area.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sandor Palace
The guide will introduce the Hungarian Presidential Palace
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Becsi Kapu Square
The guests can see one of the main gates of the Castle area
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Buda Castle
The Palace area is open and guests can enter the inner courtyard. Today the complex houses several museums.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arpad Toth Promenade (Setany)
Peaceful promenade offers a relaxed walk to Disz Square with beautiful view over the Taban district and Buda Hills
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Disz Square
Of of the entrances of the Castle area
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear modest clothing (covering the shoulders and thighs) when visiting the church. Male visitors are requested to enter with a bare head
  • Diplomatic receptions in the Castle District can alter the tour route any time of the year.
  • You will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 2.5 hours
  • Tour goes in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Absolute Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "Not part of the Tour, but do not miss "Hospital In The Rock" in the district, the Military Museum and so much more!" See review
  • "Really worth doing this is our first activity during our visit!" See review

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Highly recommend!
Mark_W
, Aug 2022
We highly recommend this tour. If you are lucky, you will get Andrea as your guide. She is so friendly and knowledgable. My son and I were the only two in the group, and she provided so much info, answered so many questions, etc. Great experience!
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Absolutely fantastic work...
Ashish_P
, Jul 2022
Absolutely fantastic work by our guide, Balint! He is so passionate and committed to what he does. I would highly recommend him for future trips! Thank You !
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The triumph of Tamas
Kenneth_T
, Jul 2022
We were given an excellent “private” tour by Tamas. He is knowledgeable, he is funny, he is enthusiastic. We learned so much about Hungarian history. If given the opportunity, ask for Tamas. You cannot go wrong!
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Fun, informative tour for all ages!
Amy_T
, Jul 2022
Thomas was amazing! He clearly loves sharing the history of his hometown in a fun way! The tour consisted of 3 couples, so it was the perfect sized group. Thomas created a little friendly competition with a “prize” at the end. A very enjoyable way to spend the afternoon!
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A must for Budapest
Kieran_B
, Jun 2022
The tour was excellent and so was the tour guide Thomas who was very knowledgeable and also great fun throughout……highly recommended!!!!!!!
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Wonderful experience!
Mark_R
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Bogota(Bogie) was was exceptional! We all loved her tour. Very knowledgeable and personable. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR AND BOGIE!
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Absolutely Wonderful
Akshay_A
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was absolutely superb. She was patient, explained everything wonderfully and made sure we had time to take pics. We had a lot of personal conversations with her as well, got to know about her life, she got to know about ours and it felt we came back home having made a new friend in Budapest. Thank you for the memories.
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Perfect visit… perfect...
Boris_P
, Dec 2021
Perfect visit… perfect guide Cristina… she explained us many old stories… You have to prepare Good walking shoes.
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Excellent tour
ncww
, Jan 2020
Really knowledgeable guide who gave us so much context for the sights, the history of the area as well as Hungary in general. Really worth doing this is our first activity during our visit!
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Budapest Castle Tour
Dennis_S
, Nov 2019
Our guide Monica was the best!! After cancelling our initial tour and rescheduling it for the next day, Viator went out of the way to make the tour as easy and accessible as possible. A great company and quite reliable. Couldn't have been more pleased with our guide and the service provided.
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Great Guide
Judy_M
, Sep 2019
Krisztina was a knowledgeable and honest tour guide. She shared just the right amount of history with us. We were on data overload from 3 weeks of traveling but Krisztina was so interesting. The Buda side of the river was beautiful and appealing.
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Don't miss this!
Patricia_C
, Sep 2019
Balint from Absolute Tours was a wonderful, fun and knowledgeable guide through this very unique district with so much to see, so much history to take in and lots of really interesting places pointed out to be sure to explore on our own. We had a lovely morning tea at one of Balint's favourite cafes while listening to more tales of yesteryear in Buda. St. Matthias Church is magnificent - you have to go yourself to appreciate it. The views over the Danube and Pest are fantastic; there are so many lunch venues to choose from. Not part of the Tour, but do not miss "Hospital In The Rock" in the district, the Military Museum & so much more! It's fun to ride on the funicular up to the Castle District too. You need a whole day to cover the Castle District, but the Walking Tour was a fantastic starting point. Thanks Balint
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Great tour and our guide Cristina...
Natasha K
, Aug 2018
Great tour and our guide Cristina was wonderful! The highlight of the tour was definitely visiting St. Mathias church, the views from the Fisherman's Bastion and the break with snacks at a local shop. The other pleasant surprise was that this tour said 2.5 hours but it actually lasted a bit over 3 hours. It would have been good to know this for sure, since we had another tour afterwards, which limited our time getting there. Overall a very nice experience.
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Knowledgeable and friendly guide
Elvira_V
, Jul 2018
Kristine was our guide around Castle hill She was welcoming and gently lead us through the history of Budapest, and St. Mathias church. She answered all our questions and her calm demeanor made our stroll on the hill so very pleasant. I would recommend Kristina as a tour guide anytime!!!
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On the Budapest Castle Walking Tour...
Colleen_S
, Mar 2018
On the Budapest Castle Walking Tour we had the opportunity to visit Matthias Church and learn about its history. It is definitely one of the most unique and most beautiful churches we have seen in Europe. It was nice that the Fisherman's Bastion was included in the tour, but we felt slightly rushed through this portion we would have enjoyed more time to walk the entire length to enjoy the view of the city. The coffee and cake was an enjoyable break and chance to relax. Our tour guide, George, was very knowledgeable about the history of Budapest and we enjoyed having him as our guide.
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Generally the tour was ok. We...
Peter L
, Nov 2017
Generally the tour was ok. We visited Fishermen Bastion, Matthias Church, Royal Palace, The guiding could have been richer in information and stories, make the whole thing more unforgettable. But it is possible for a foreign tourist the info was sufficient, I am complaing just because as local I know more about these buildings, its history and just because off this base, I wanted even more.
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The guide was amazing, with lots of...
Maria S
, Oct 2017
The guide was amazing, with lots of knowledge and comments far from the basic, well speaking, details, photos, he always adapted the tour to our needs, explained everytihing in na enthousiastic way, stop at the end with beverage and cake was the very best too
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The guide I can't remember his name...
Judith_S
, Oct 2017
The guide I can't remember his name was great. My family ended up having a private tour since no one else had booked on this day. The tour guide was very personable and informative. I would defiantly recommend this tour!
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Christy was an excellent guide! The...
Ileana P
, Oct 2017
Christy was an excellent guide! The details and her narratives were well explained and in perfect English!
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The tour was amazing, we learned a...
Cristina N
, Jul 2017
The tour was amazing, we learned a lot and were astonished! Tomas, the guide was wonderful, a full energetic and enthusiastic person!The best guide ever! I would totally recommended taking this tour.
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