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Buda Castle (Budai Vár)
Buda Castle (Budai Vár)

Buda Castle (Budai Vár)

I Szent György tér, Budapest

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The grand dome and colonnaded façade of Buda Royal Palace is impossible to miss, and most Budapest sightseeing tours will include at least a photo stop. There are numerous ways to admire the palace: Explore the Castle District on a walking or bike tour, ride the Castle Hill Funicular, or sail past the structure on a Danube River cruise.

Three of Budapest's premier museums are housed in the Royal Palace—the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum, and the National Library—while the gardens offer sweeping views down Castle Hill.

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Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District
Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District
$23.61 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The night in the castle
The guide was very friendly and had a sense of humor. I loved it as stories and a way he told them. I absolutely recommend it. I wanna do another tour like this one in another city. Really interesting 😍
Andreia_P, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Budapest

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Exciting Dracula and dark night walking tour.
Ehsanul_k, Oct 2021
Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District
It was a wonderful tour. Joe was a superb guide and very informative. He has a great knowledge about the background. Right on time and no rush about the time frame. At the end he spend a good time chatting about relevant topics and extra stories with individuals. We highly recommend this trip if you are visiting Budapest and into Dracula history.
star-5
Very entertaining
Karine_A, Oct 2021
Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District
Great tour. Valent' (Joe😊) was a great story teller. So entertaining interesting and funny. My teenage daughter was also very hapoy. Wonderful experience
star-5
You like creepy stuff go for it
Stefanie_M, Sep 2021
Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District
It was absolutely amazing, we had a great time listening to dark sometimes funny stories and that all told by a really charming guide.
star-5
Great Private Walking Tour of Buda Castle District in Budapest
Voyage773114, Sep 2019
Buda Castle District Small-Group Walking Tour in Budapest
Our guide, Kata, was exceptionally knowledgeable and engaging. She matched our pace and shared so much of the history of the area. She answered all our questions with patience and grace. She was so personable, and her enthusiasm was contagious.
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Highly Recommend to everyone
Val_L, Sep 2021
Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District
Very interesting, mysterious and unusual ... Thanks. Очень интересно , загадочно и необычно ... Valery & Jenny
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Wonderful Tour
malteselover112, Sep 2019
Buda Castle District Small-Group Walking Tour in Budapest
What a great small group tour of the Buda Castle District! There were four of us and our tour guide Kata was awesome! She told us lots of interesting historical information, as well as fun stories about the people who were important to the era. She made our tour very enjoyable!
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Excellent tour
Miriam B, Sep 2019
Fools and Kings - Private Tour of Buda Castle District
We had a great time with Ray, he showed us all around the hill and town, plus the hidden spots of Budapest! Great Job!
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Walk into the Haunted past
Susannah_D, Sep 2021
Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District
On a beautiful night I walked into the haunted past of Budapest, it's ghosts, legends, History and magical creatures revealed. Very well done, and go my steps in for the day.
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Julia was our Guide , she was...
jose, Jan 2018
Private Historical Tour of Buda Castle
Julia was our Guide , she was amazing, but the buda castle not exist, Im very dessapoiment with that
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Reka was amazing! The walking tours...
Nitin S, Mar 2018
Fools and Kings - Private Tour of Buda Castle District
Reka was amazing! The walking tours goes around the Buda castle district and she provided very good insight into the history of the castle.
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Enjoyable nightwalk, great storytelling
Paul_C, Aug 2021
Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District
An enjoyable walk, with lively stories and enough content to fill the hours. Our guide Joe was very willing to make pictures/be on pictures. Overall, great experience and would recommend.
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A fun, immersive way to experience Budapest History & folk lore
Amanda_T, Mar 2020
Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District
Our narrator Zsigmond Balazs took us on a dark & mysterious wander around the beautiful Buda Castle & Fisherman's Bastian. The stories were told in an engaging & dramatic way. We thoroughly enjoyed this immersive experience & learned a lot about the history of Budapest and some of mysterious characters of times gone by. Our teenagers enjoyed themselves!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance to the palace and gardens is free, but admission fees apply for each of the museums.

  • Most museums and attractions are closed on Mondays.

  • The cobblestone streets around the palace are steep—wear comfortable shoes for exploring.

  • The museums at Buda Royal Palace are wheelchair accessible, but some areas of the gardens and grounds may not be.

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How to Get There

The Royal Palace sits atop Castle Hill on the Buda side of the Danube. It’s possible to walk up from the riverside, but it’s a steep road; a far better option is to ride the Castle Funicular or take a taxi. The funicular departs from Adam Clarke Square (Clark Adam ter), located at the Buda end of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

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When to Get There

The summer months of July and August are by far the most popular time to visit the palace—funiculars run every 10 minutes during this time but there are often queues, so make an early start to avoid waiting. During the holidays, the castle grounds hosts an atmospheric Christmas market.

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Budapest’s Castle District

Set aside a morning or afternoon to explore the Castle District surrounding the palace, part of Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stroll around the medieval streets reveals a number of historic monuments, including the 19th-century Matthias Church, Vienna Gate, and the neo-Gothic Fisherman's Bastion. Admire the Matthias Well, a fountain with the figure of the young King Matthias as a hunter with his stag, and his beautiful beloved with her doe.

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