A grandiose witness (and creator) of history since the 14th century, today this palace houses museums and offers eye-popping city views
Dominating the Skyline, this Royal Palace is a Must
Top of the list of must-sees for visitors to Budapest, for various reasons. For starters, 14th-century Buda Castle is one of the most prominent symbols of Hungary's capital - but not far behind that, however, are the spectacular views from the top of Buda Hill over the city. Its architecture and historical/cultural significance (it was once a royal palace) also led to its designation way back in 1987 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it houses the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Széchenyi Library. You can get here via steps rising from the Bridge of Chains or a funicular, open daily from 07:30 to 22:00 (one good option is to make the ascent via funicular, then come back down at a leisurely stroll).