Castle Hill (Várhegy)#3 in Best Things To Do in Budapest
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Located on the west side of the Danube River, Castle Hill is a must-see district for any Budapest visitor. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, the area's iconic Buda Castle was constructed in the 13th century. Walk the cobblestone streets, take in the medieval atmosphere and dive deep into Budapest's history.
From the castle to Matthias Church to the underground Castle Labyrinth to Fisherman's Bastion, you'll find there's almost no end to what you can learn about Budapest's past. The lack of vehicle traffic also lends an old-world charm to the area. Plus, travelers say you'll discover sweeping city panoramas from multiple locales in the neighborhood.
Getting to Castle Hill requires walking or taking public transportation. The nearest metro station is Batthyány tér, though walking across the Széchenyi Chain Bridge from Pest is more pleasant and probably a quicker way to get to the region during peak hours. You can also take the historical funicular, which costs 1,200 forints (less than $5) per ride or 1,800 forints ($7) for a round-trip ticket. The neighborhood itself is free to visit at any time of the day, but entrance fees and visiting hours apply for Castle Hill sights like Matthias Church and Buda Castle's museums.
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#1 Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya)
Located in the historic district of Castle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion is a neo-Gothic terrace that looks like a structure taken straight out of a fairy tale. Designed and built in 1905 by Frigyes Schulek – the same architect who built the adjacent Matthias Church – Fisherman's Bastion is named after the medieval guild of fishermen who protected Budapest from invasion.
Visitors say Fisherman's Bastion's gleaming white structure provides panoramic views of the city: From here, you can snap some breathtaking pictures of the Danube River, Margaret Island and Pest. Also save time for exploring the sight's seven ornate turrets, which symbolize the tents of the seven Magyar leaders who settled the Carpathian Basin, ultimately leading to the existence of modern-day Hungary.
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