After Visiting Vienna, Budapest was next on our tour list. We had taken a bus from Vienna to Budapest. Since the exchange rate in Hungry is lower when compared to the other European countries, we found Budapest much cheaper than other cities and we decided to spend more time there. A visit to the Royal Palace inside Buda castle was first on our to do list. I am personally always fascinated by the history, architecture, palace, castle etc and as a Non-European, its even more fascinating for me.
Reaching Royal Palace, Buda Castle:
Buda Castle is situated on a small hillock. There are many attractions inside the palace, but all are not free. There are many ways to reach the Royal palace at Buda castle. We enquired around and found that one can either walk up the hill or take bus no.16 from across the chain bridge on Buda side or use the tourist funicular (kind of an elevator train). That was the first time when we came to know that Budapest is actually a combination of Buda and Pest which are two different cities divided by river Danube. So the Buda castle was on the Buda side of Budapest across the chain bridge.
The Bus ride from Chain bridge was through the narrow streets of Budapest. It just took around 5-10 minutes for a bus to drop us at the Buda castle main gate. Once you get down at the main gate of the Buda castle, you are greeted by a lot of stone sculptures and magnificent architecture of the palace.
Entrance to the Royal Palace, Buda Castle:
Royal palace at the Buda castle welcomes you with a grandeur of the statutes of the king from the medieval era doing hunting. You also see the big pillars and a large entrance of the door which is very beautiful. You can also see the green dome of the royal palace from outside as you enter.
Lion’s Courtyard, Buda Castle:
Lion’s courtyard got its name from the four stone lions that guard its gate. You can see in the picture below a stone lion sitting near the entrance and guarding it. Lion’s courtyard comes just after you enter the castle. Lion’s courtyard is in the center of the building complex. These buildings complex have the Hungarian National Museum, the Budapest Museum of History and the National Széchenyi Library.
Royal palace building complex is now turned into national museum and library. But you will have to pay the entrance fee to visit the national gallery. National gallery and museum consists show mostly the Hungarian culture and how Budapest evolved over the time.
Savoyai Terrace, Buda castle:
Savoyai terrace is one of the most beautiful parts of the Buda Castle. The Savoyai Terrace boasts the best views of the city along the river Danube. Standing at the Savoyai terrace square one can see most of the famous monuments of Budapest like Hungranin parliament, the Gellért Hill, Chain bridge, the Monument of Liberty etc. The Terrace is in front of the Hungarian National Museum.
I took us around five to six hours to visit the whole palace and its premises. You can also spend an entire day visiting the royal palace and other parts of the Buda castle. Finally before coming down, we took a stop at the restaurant near the Savoyai terrace. We decided to walk down to the chain bridge from the Buda castle. Steps take you down to the main road in front of the Chain bridge.