Budapest's Castle District is, without a doubt, the most beautiful, monumental, and romantic area in the entire city. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its incredible architecture, the Castle District is home to some of Budapest's most popular sights like the Matthias Church, the Fisherman's Bastion, Buda Castle, and the Hungarian National Gallery, as well as a wealth of incredible¡y beautiful yet little-known buildings like the Hungarian National Archives, among many others. If you've just arrived in Budapest and are unsure where to start, the Castle District is the place.
Given its scenic location atop a hill, getting there can be tricky. The most scenic way to reach the Castle District is the Buda Hill Funicular, a 19th-century cable car which quickly sweeps visitors to the top while offering views of the Chain Bridge and the cupola of St. Stephen's Basilica. Or, there are several buses which leave from Deak Ferenc Ter and take you directly to the top. Finally, you could always walk up along the historic ramparts, but trust me...it's a hike.