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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 Gallery in Castle District

Hungarian National Gallery

The Hungarian National Gallery is an overwhelming collection spread across four floors and four wings of the palace that traces Hungarian art from the 11th century to the present day. The largest collections include…
Top Choice Museum in Castle District

Castle Museum

The Castle Museum, part of the multibranched Budapest History Museum, explores the city's 2000-year history over four floors. Restored palace rooms dating from the 15th century can be entered from the two-level base…
Top Choice Church in Castle District

Matthias Church

Parts of Matthias Church date back 500 years, notably the carvings above the southern entrance, but essentially church (named after King Matthias Corvinus who married Queen Beatrix here in 1474) is a neo-Gothic conf…
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 com…
Top Choice Museum in Castle District

House of Houdini

Dedicated to the famous Hungarian-born magician and escape artist Harry Houdini, who was born Erik Weisz in Budapest's district VII in 1874, this small museum offers a cabinet of curiosities featuring original items…
Top Choice International in Castle District

Csalogány 26

This intimate place with spartan decor turns its creativity to its superb food. Try the roasted lamb with butter squash lecsó (a kind of ratatouille, 5000Ft) or other meat-heavy dishes that make the most of local in…
Top Choice International in Castle District

Pierrot

This stylish, 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 pike-perch and praw…
Top Choice International in Castle District

Leo Budapest

There are rooftop bar-restaurants and then there's His Highness Leo, who will put you in the lap of the gods in the warmer months on the 8th floor of the Hotel Clark, with the Royal Palace above and the Danube below…
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 …