Rising about 48 meters above the levels of the Danube, the Castle Hill is said to dominate the skyline of the city. This hill is where the region of Budapest was founded. It is an extremely small, yet densely built rock, and the most prominent building here is the Buda Castle.
Buda Castle was first completed in the year 1265, and is the historical castle complex for the kings of Hungary. It is located on the southern edge of the daunting Castle Hill, which lies close to the old Castle district. The specialty of this Castle district is that it houses a number of medieval Baroque-looking 19th century buildings and homes.
This castle is now part of the World Heritage Site list by UNESCO; and is inscribed as ‘Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue’. The region of Budapest and the beautiful Buda Castle is said to host thousands of visitors every year.
About The Castle:
The foundations of the castle were laid down in the 13th century; and this was after the Mongol tribes had invaded Hungary. This castle was besieged almost 31 times later. King Bela had built the castleas a keep which was surrounded by thick walls. This was built on a site which was previously home to a small farming community. Around this keep is where the town of Buda began to grow. When King Lajos the Great took over the kingdom, he fortified the keep and the palace was built. When Sigismund of Luxemborg took over (1387 – 1437), he expanded the castle some more; and this is what created for one of the most spectacular and palaces that stands in Europe.
Buda Castle – Today:
The castle now comprises of about 203 rooms and is said to house a number of museums, including the Budapest History museum and the Hungarian National Gallery.
The Budapest History Museum that I located in the southern wing of the castle is said to display exhibits that speak of the history of Budapest from the very inception of the region to the time of the end of the Communist Era. It is also home to the restored parts of the Medieval Royal Palace and includes the Royal Chapel and the very spacious Gothic Hall.
The Hungarian National Gallery houses an impressive collection of Hungarian art work that spans over the decades of Hungarian history. You’ll be witness to contemporary pieces of art as well as Gothic wooden statues; all of which will not fail to capture your artistic side.
The most photographed aspect of the Castle is the Matthias Fountain. It was created by Ajajos Strobl, a renowned sculptor. The Fountain features a depiction of a group of hounds and hunters being led by King Matthias Cornivus.