The Castle district (Fishermen's Bastion and Matthias Church)

The Castle hill, called also Castle district, is a calcareous 1 km long plateau that rises 170 m above the Danube. This area is separated in two parts: the Royal Palace and the old city. The quickest way to climb to the top is an unusual funicular that looks like three boxes stuck together. The most important church in the Buda's Castle district is the Matthias Church. The church is dedicated to King Matthias that married Beatrice here in 1474. The architectonic style is Neo-gothic, the church praises a beautiful roof made of coloured shingles and elegant pinnacles. It is better if you go to a private excursion in Budapest, because you can get a more comprehensive picture of the castle. The tour guide can show you many interesting things about the castle and bring you to places where you can not enter alone.

The interior is embellish by artistic glass walls and frescos. Just in front of the church there are the Fishermen's Bastions, a Neo-Gothic tantrum that most of the tourists (and also Hungarians) confuse with a Medieval construction. Built in 1905 as a panoramic point by the architect Frigyes Schulek, the Fishermen's Bastions owes its name to the namesake corporation that during the Middle Ages was responsible of the defence of this part of ramparts. The seven shining towers represent the seven magyar clans’ leaders that settled down in the Carpathian Basin at the end of the IX century. The Castle district offers stupendous panoramic views of the Pest cityscape and of the Danube River.

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