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Castle Hill & the Danube River

Castle and Danube Photo, Budapest, Hungary

This is the historic part of Budapest, completely different than the dirty city. Situated in the historic part of Budapest, the towering expanse of rock contains Varhegy, the Castle area. This area has stunning views of the Danube from the Fisherman's Bastion. The Danube separates the Buda and Pest regions.

To reach the castle area, take the subway to Moskva Ter then walk uphill to the Vienna Gate. We got tired walking up the hill because it is quite steep. When we left, we took the alternate route and walked down the Pest walk across the Szenyi lanchid or Chain Bridge.

We really enjoyed walking along the rows of baroque townhouses to Trinity Square and Fisherman's Bastion after entering through the Vienna Gate. Near Fisherman's Bastion is a green equestrian statue of King Stephen. We had to wait about 20 minutes for other tourists to photograph Fisherman's Bastion before we got our chance. Its white turrets and ramparts overlook the Danube and are very eye-pleasing. To the right is Gellert Hill and across the river are the neo-gothic domes and crenellations of the Parliament Building. We were surprised that Budapest had a Parliament Building, since it had recently been a communist nation.

Varhegy was a fortress in Roman times and the medieval walls still surround the castle. It was really relaxing just to sit on one of the benches and admire the Buda Hills.

We entered the Castle through some courtyards, and admired its great dome. The courtyards contain the National Gallery of Hungary and the Budapest Museum of History. "What we most enjoyed and feared was the Labyrinth. We passed by a series of gorgeous, pastel coloured buildings leading up to it. We half feared that we could get trapped in the dark, dank tunnels accompanied. The scary effect was enhanced by statues and cave paintings.

If your time is limited, skip the downtown area and spend all of your time enjoying the sites and features of Castle Hill.

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