Royal Palace : Michelin's recommendations
It was King Béla IV who decided to build a fortress on this spot in order to protect Buda from the Mongol invasion. If the castle was extended under the reign of Sigismond of Luxembourg, it was under Mathias I Corvin that it was at its peak as it became a top centre of art and science. The 1686 siege destroyed a large part of it, but during the 18th and 19th centuries, the Habsbourg wanted to turn it into a suitable royal residence for their standing. Spend some time looking at the outside of the palace... A huge turul (a mythical bird, emblem of the Magyar tribes) seems to be taking of from the Neo-Baroque railings that circle the castle. The palace's Baroque façade is over 300 m long and over looks the Danube. The statue of Eugene of Savoy on horseback stands on the huge panoramic terrace. It is worth taking a photo of the magnificent view to be had over the river. You must not miss the King Mathias's fountain, an exceptional sculptural group in bronze. The Lions gate leads to the beautiful interior courtyard where you will find the Széchenyi national library, the most important in the country, on the right-hand side. Go up the staircase that leads towards the southern ramparts and the "War Hammer" tower, remnants of the Medieval fortifications. As you come through the castle wall by the Ferdinand gate, you will see the Barbican. The palace (Budavári palota) houses three museums: the Hungarian national gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the Ludwig Museum.
- Address : Szent György Tér 2 H - Budapest 10141014Budapest
- Prices : free of charge
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