The prestigious Castle District that presides over the top of Budapest has been a defining presence of the capital for ages, and now serves as an important hub of culture and history. Part of the UNESCO world heritage, the area is host to iconic Budapest landmarks, like Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom) and the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) along with a wide range of museums and art galleries, the national archives as well as the Sándor Palace (Sándor-palota) which is the official residence of the country’s President, and the seat of his office.
The castle area is known worldwide, even among people who have yet to visit Budapest. It fascinates everyone coming here with its cobblestone streets, the general atmosphere coming from the charming buildings and alleyways, not to mention the view of the city. But you may not know, that the neighborhood also has a range of secret treasures just waiting to be explored, calling on you to dig deeper. It is worth noting that, despite the name, there is no castle here, although there is the magnificent Royal Palace, parts of which have been home to the Hungarian National Gallery since 1975.