1014 Budapest, Hungary
District I Budavár - Buda side
tel: +36 1 322 4098 (Tourist Information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Arrive early to avoid the busloads of group tours and return at dusk to see the city lights. Walk the promenade to find your best photo opportunity. For the energetic, walk the path of history down to Clark Adam square below.
The Royal Palace is the major draw bringing visitors to the castle district, a hilltop area on the Buda side of the river. The first permanent settlers moved to location in the 13th century, but King Béla IV moved his royal court here in 1255. The original castle destroyed during World War II, was rebuilt as the Royal Palace, though no royals ever lived in it. The Royal Palace is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest Museum, and the National Széchenyi Library. The panoramic views from the front of the Hungarian National Gallery are breathtaking, each season offering a different perspective of the Danube River and the city below.