SZABAD SZELLEMŰ SÉTÁK
Tour Esprit Libre
Come enjoy the glory of Buda Castle! This buildings host outstanding fine art collections on the top of Castle Hill and offering a picturesque view on Pest. Along with the river Danube and its immediate environment, Buda Castle is part of UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are many things to do all along the year: crafts festival, beer and pálinka festival, chocolate festival, wine and salami festival. Not to forget the Labyrinth in the belly of the mountain, and tucked away streets with the best strudel in the City!
Buda is an ancient Hungarian male noble first name from the time when we still didn't use family names. Buda fortress was built by King Béla IV in 1247, the father of Saint Marguerite. Buda soon gained great importance and became the capital of Hungary. While Pest was mostly Hungarian in the 15th century, Buda had German, Austrian, and Jewish minority. Buda became part of the Ottoman Empire from 1541 to 1686. At the middle of the seventeenth century, Buda had become majority Muslim. Even the Royal Church of Our Holy Lady was transformed to be the main mosque of Hungary, which had hosted two marriages of the Renaissance king Matthias I. or Matthias the Just of the Transylvanian house Hunyadi. After the restoration that took place in the Hungarian golden age, or as we say "the good old peaceful days" was renamed Matthias church.
The guild of fishermen was responsible for defending this stretch of the Buda city walls in the Middle Ages. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar (white Hun) tribes who settled in the Carpathian Basin in 895. You'll see a wonderful panoramic view of Danube, Margaret Island, and Pest, and the Gellért Hill to the south.
Right at the feet of the hill was running the road Limes Romanus to connect Campona and Aquincum.
Gellert Hill has been named after bishop Gellért who came to Hungary from Italy around 1000 AD. Saint Stephen invited him to help to convert pagan Hungarians into Christians. Those who were not willing have been killed, in return resisting pagan Huns rolled him down the hill in a barrel into the Danube in 1046.
On the top stands Lady Liberty, the statue which was erected in 1947. If you are at her feet, you'll see the most beautiful view of Pest and Buda.
The Hill and its environs are part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites along with the Banks of the Danube in Pest from Liberty Bridge to Margaret Island.