Budavári Palota (Royal Palace) was built in the middle of the 13th century, originally in Romanesque style, but later on rebuilt and enlarged in Gothic style. During the Turkish occupation the palace was not used but damaged, and after the withdrawal of the Turks the whole palace was in ruins. When the Hapsburgs came in, they decided to build their new royal palace here on the top of the ruins. This one is never served as a royal palace, no kings or queens lived here since the end of the 17th century.
Budapest Történeti Múzeum (Budapest History Museum) is also referred to as the Castle Museum, since it is tucked in the back courtyard behind the Royal Palace in the Buda Castle Quarter. Most of the people who are interested in history of Budapest adore this museum. It deals with the cultural heritage of Budapest and Hungary, the material remains of the period between the liberation of Buda from the Turks and the beginning of the twentieth century. In its picture gallery you will find a collection of old prints depicting Pest, Buda and Óbuda, examples of decorative art rescued from old buildings, as well as paintings, sculpture and drawings of all periods. Check the 3rd floor exhibit where you will find historic maps of battle plans and weapons used in the liberation from the Turkish occupation. The statue area is in the back of the main floor and has an outstanding collection of Roman and medieval-era pieces. Do not miss the courtyard garden. It has amazing views and there are benches to sit and relax with refreshments.
- Budapest in the Modern Age
- Gothic sculptures from the Royal Palace of Buda
- History of Budapest from the prehistoric age
- The medieval Royal Palace of the Buda castle
March 1 – October 31: 10.00 – 18.00
November 1 – February 28: 10.00 – 16.00
Closed on Mondays
Guided tours are available. Please check entrance fees and visiting rules on the website of the museum.
By bus No. 16 from Deák tér, or by bus No. 10 from Széll Kálmán tér to Castle Hill, or by car to Dísz tér and then on foot. If you need more adventure just take the Sikló (Funicular) which links Clark Ádám tér and Lánchíd (Chain Bridge) at river level to Buda Castle above.