Buda Castle District
The fisherman’s bastion looks like a castle from a ferytale. It was build between 1895 and 1902, a time at which castles already lost their relevance in warfare. Its Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romanesque style make the fisherman’s bastion a real eye-catcher and of course, tourist hot spot. It’s quite similar to Neuschwanstein.
Right next to the fisherman’s bastion, you’ll find Matthias Church. A late Gothic style church that was build in the second half of the 14th century. It’s white tower and nave jut out behind fisherman’s bastion.
Labirintus is a cave dungeon underneath the castle district. A sign at the entrance states that Vlad the Impaler (A.k.a. Vlad Dracula) was held captive there. However, this information doesn’t seem to be accurate, as a quick historical research revealed. Nevertheless it’s nicely decorated and reminds on classical dungeon crawler games from the 80s and 90 (Wizardry or Eye of the beholder anyone?).
That’s a funny one:
Vajdahunyad Castle was originally made from cardboard and wood in 1896, as part of the Millennial Exhibition which celebrated 1.000 years of Hungary. However, the castle became quite popular and was rebuilt from stone and brick between 1904 and 1908. You can see various architectural styles like Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque all on one place, which is a unique feature of Vajdahunyad Castle.
The Hungarian Parliament
The Hungarian parliament is one of the most magnificent office buildings you’ll ever see! I wish my home office would look like it. Anyway, it’s much younger than you might expect: It opened in 1902, and is of Neo-Gothic architectural style.
Budapest has a lot more to offer: On the way up to Gellert hill you’ll find a unique cave church (Sziklatemplom). On top of it the Liberty Statue as well as a fortress. You’ll also get a priceless view over Hungary’s capital city. Speaking of great views: The tower of St. Stephens Cathedral is worth visiting as well – the entrance fee is modest and the view breathtaking.
If you’re in the mood of some Hungarian folklore take the bus or train to Szentendre. The 10+ times I’ve been in Budapest so far, I’ve always discovered something new. It’s a beautiful city.
For additional information about Budapest visit the website of Budapest Festival and Tourism Center Nonprofit Ltd.