The Buda Castle is a complex of palaces and castles belonging to the Austro-Hungarian kings of the days gone by and was built first in 1265. It is located on the southern tip of Castle Hill and has the Castle District to its north. The first of these royal buildings was constructed by order from Hungary’s King Bela IV between 1247 and 1265. Of the palace of today, the oldest section was constructed by the Duke of Slavonia, Duke Stephen, in the 14th century.
Though not much remains in terms of the splendor associated with the complex today, there is still quite a lot to see. Explore the Hungarian National Gallery or Magyar Nemzeti Galeria when you are here. Spread across buildings A, B, C, and D of the Buda Castle, this gallery has Hungarian works of art from the ancient times till the early 20th century. History buffs will love visiting the Budapest History Museum as it gives a fantastic perspective of life in Hungary in the olden days. Another building to explore is the National Szechenyi Library, which is located next to the Budapest History Museum. You can browse through temporary exhibitions, and permanent exhibits as well. For some peace and quiet visit Matthias Church. There are also historical squares to explore, and also Fisherman’s Bastion. Walk through the Labyrinth under the Buda Castle.
There are a number of festivals held at Buda Castle that you can be part of if you visit it at the right time. These festivals include the Buda Castle Easter Festival, Hungarian Palinka and Sausage Festival, Budapest Wine Festival, Renaissance and Medieval Festival, Buda Castle Chocolate Festival, and the Buda Castle Beer Festival. The courtyards and courts of the Buda Castle are open throughout the day and night. You may need to buy a special festival entry during the time festivals are celebrated here.