This stunning 18th-century Baroque palace, a World Heritage Site perched on Castle Hill, evokes images of Hungarian kings and the mighty Hapsburg empire. Accessible via funicular or a steep walk, the castle's gardens, squares, and lavish interiors can be taken in on a guided tour or a relaxed afternoon on your own. Various portions of the palace were added in later centuries, offering a cornucopia of architectural and historical sights. The castle's omnipresence (its height makes it visible from many corners of the city) offers orientation and grounding for tourists and locals alike.
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Hiking to Castle Hill in Budapest
In order to stay healthy while abroad, director Paul Feig took long walks from his hotel to Castle Hill, where Buda Castle is located. "I’d start at the Gresham Palace, go over the Chain Bridge, and then crisscross over additional bridges along the Danube. From there, I’d hike up to Castle Hill," he says.
When you walk across the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, you can walk up a number of pedestrian walkways toward Buda Castle. If you turn around and look toward the Danube River, there are several great vantage points and views of Pest and the various bridges.