The hilly Budapest Buda side , the Buda Castle and renewed, and Turkish-era thermal baths reward travelers .

Separated by the Danube, the hilly Buda side is a beautiful area of Budapest with great walking paths, scenery, views of the Pest side, and it’s also home to the picturesque Fisherman’ Bastion and Buda Castle. Here what to do on Budapest’s Buda side.

The Castle District carries the most visible marks of Austria’s 400-year dominion over the city. 

Visit Fisherman’s Bastion

Resembling the Walt Disney logo, this panoramic viewing terrace offers stellar views of the Danube River and the Hungarian Parliament. It’s Neo-Romanesque fairytale towers, staircases, and archways make for a picture-perfect spot in Budapest.

There are several lookout towers and panoramic viewpoints to take in. Be sure to walk up the stunning staircases to take in the full experience at Fisherman’s Bastion. There is a lower terrace, which is free, and an upper terrace, behind a turnstile that requires tickets. However, there’s plenty of the area to explore free of charge. The most popular attraction of Budapest Buda side

Bonus tip: Arrive early in the morning for the best photographs and fewer crowds.

Explore the Buda Castle.

Buda Castle, grandiose and imperial ,overlooks the city from atop Castle Hill. Built in the 13 th century, this historic castle is now known as the Royal Palace. The beautiful structure offers courtyard that are free and open 24/7, but it also is home to the National Gallery and Budapest History Museum.Note the Gothic arches in inner courtyards, and the outside walls topped with Baroque details.

See the stunning Matthias Church.

Connected to the grounds of the Buda Castle, Matthias Church is a stunning church open since 1015, and easily one of the most unique in Europe. With Neo-Gothic features, a gorgeous roof, and awe-inspiring interior with colors inspired by orientalism and romantic historicism.

See the Pest Side lit up at night.

Feel inspired as you look across the Danube River from the Buda side. You’ll witness the beautiful reflections of the stunning Hungarian Parliament and the bridges lit up. It creates a striking visual on the Danube’s waters.

Hike up to the Citadel.

Pest offers more nature than its counterpart, and it offers a few lovely little hikes such as the hike through Gellért Hill to the Citadel. It’s a short journey up and when you arrive to the top you’ll be greeted with more amazing views of Budapest as well as the fortress and its sculptures. There will be several vendors at the top if you want to buy any little trinkets or food as well.

Budapest citadel view
Budapest view from the Citadel