Top things to do

Top Choice Hill in Castle District

Castle Hill

Castle Hill is a kilometre-long limestone plateau towering 170m above the Danube. It contains some of Budapest’s most important medieval monuments and museums, and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Below it is a 28km…
Top Choice Palace in Castle District

Royal Palace

The former Royal Palace has been razed and rebuilt at least half a dozen times over the past seven centuries. Béla IV established a royal residence here in the mid-13th century, and subsequent kings added to the str…
Top Choice Museum in Castle District

Castle Museum

The Castle Museum, part of the multibranched Budapest History Museum, explores the city's 2000 years over three floors. Restored palace rooms dating from the 15th century can be entered from the basement, where ther…
Top Choice Gallery in Castle District

Hungarian National Gallery

The Hungarian National Gallery is an overwhelming collection spread across four floors that traces Hungarian art from the 11th century to the present. The largest collections include medieval and Renaissance stonewo…
Top Choice Monument in Castle District

Fishermen’s Bastion

The bastion, a neo-Gothic masquerade that looks medieval and offers some of the best views in Budapest, was built as a viewing platform in 1905 by Frigyes Schulek, the architect behind Matthias Church. Its name was …
Top Choice Steak in Castle District

Baltazár Grill & Wine Bar

Free-range chickens, ducks, Styrian pork and juicy rib eyes, Wagyu steaks and onglets (a French cut of beef)sizzle on the charcoal grill at this excellent restaurant. Hungarian classics are also well represented, wi…
Top Choice Russian in Castle District

Arany Kaviár Étterem

Accompanied by stellar service and beautiful presentation, this is Russian food like you've never seen it before. We can't fault the flavours – the home-smoked fish, the wild-boar pelmeni (dumplings), the selection …
Top Choice International in Castle District

Csalogány 26

Definitely one of the better restaurants in town, this intimate place with spartan decor turns its creativity to its superb food. Try the suckling mangalica (a kind of pork) with savoy cabbage (4900Ft) or other meat…
Top Choice International in Castle District

Pierrot

This very stylish and long-established restaurant, housed in what was a bakery in the Middle Ages, specialises in dishes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, revamped for the 21st century. Expect the likes of lamb tartar…
Top Choice Hungarian in Castle District

Mandragóra

With a hint of black magic in its name and a cosy location in the basement of a residential block, this family-run restaurant has earned loyal local fans with its excellent takes on Hungarian classics. Feast on slow…