A little stroll in Buda Castle District

During a short trip to Budapest, the pearl of the Danube, we spent a full day walking down the sinuous streets of Buda. It was very picturesque and iconic.

You can take a bus to get on top of it, but we decided to use the cable car instead as it looked more interesting even if we spent more time queuing than in the cable car itself :-)

Once in the middle of the old town, we saw St Matthias Church, one of the landmark of Budapest, with its incredible architecture. The recently restored roof really showed it off !

Just behind the St Matthias Church was the Fisherman’s Bastion. The Bastion made up from several round towers takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this part of the city a long long time ago.

It is a little bit touristy, which means it was difficult to find good and cheap places to eat, but I recommend visiting it for the incredible view, at least. Be brave, because that was the most crowded place we have visited in Budapest.  We tried a goulash, a stew made of meat and noodles, which is supposed to be a speciality of Hungary, but it wasn’t extraordinary. I doubt it was very authentic but that was the only restaurant with free spaces and within our budget :-(

From the bastion, you have great views over Pest, and the palace. We continued our little wandering to finally reach the Buda Castle. Today it houses two of the Budapest’s most important museums: the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. We didn’t visit any of these, but we enjoyed the surroundings, having a little walk around.

Next time, I will talk about Gellèrt Hill and how we managed to climb on top of it !

Packing my Suitcase

35 responses to “A little stroll in Buda Castle District

  1. Oh I was surfing on your blog (I dind’t come for a long time) and how happy I am to see you’ve been to Budapest!
    I’m actually living there as an Erasmus student. Have you been into St Matthias Church? It’s so beautiful! I’ll probably post some pictures of it soon :)
    Having lunch at the Castle is not a very good idea I have to admit. It’s only for turists and they’re taking advantage of it.
    They are making awesome burgers in Budapest but I probably ate the worse burger of my whole life there.


  2. Ohh Budapest is awesome! I have been there 2 times, once in winter, then on summer :D totally different!
    Goulash soup it’s supposed to be great there, if it wasn’t then you probably weren’t lucky :(

    Happy to have you on #MondayEscapes


  3. It’s such a long time since I was in Budapest (20 years almost!) as part of an Interrailing trip, and we didn’t have long enough – I am overdue a return to explore properly. #mondayescapes


  4. Buda Castle area is my favorite in Budapest! I colleague of mine tipped me to visit the Labyrinth and he was so right! food wise we ate at a restaurant called Angelika on the river right opposite the parliament building! As far as I remember it has OK prices!!


    • It’s a wonderful location, no wonder it’s your favorite place in Budapest :-) I wish I had look at some restaurants recommendations before going there, I have the feeling that there are a lot of tourist traps up there!


  5. I loved the Buda Castle District and Fisherman’s Bastion Gin! St Matthias Church was very interesting too and the roof with the pretty tiles was gorgeous. I found the history of Buda and Pest fascinating as well – the area has certainly been through a lot of turmoil over the centuries and the Hungarians are understandably proud of their national heritage. We visited on a cool blustery April day when the wind was blowing from the north and it was icy cold (for us Perthlings from Down Under!) Have enjoyed reminiscing with this post! Have a great week :)


  6. Hi Darwin,

    I had such a great time in Budapest.I really like the way you arrange your pictures in a collage way. How do you do this in wordpress?

    Thank you,


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  9. Haha, maybe you’ll be inspired to make your own goulash. Food always was the best part of traveling, for me, so when wanderlust hits me I usually tackle it by cooking something from foreign parts. Lovely photos. :)


    • Yeah ! But usually, I’ll be inspired if the food I tasted was good :D For example, when I was back from Singapore, I tried to made dumplings because the food over there is just amazing :-)


    • I’ve realized that in most European capitals, it is difficult to experience the good cuisine of the country, if you choose a restaurant randomly during your little wandering around the town, without prior research. For example, when I go to Brussels (for work), it is incredible difficult to find go stuff to eat, unless you eat international food or if you know good addresses, because most of the restaurants are either tourist traps or way too expensive. That’s why I love South-East Asia: everything you eat is kind of delicious and cheap :D


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