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History of the Royal Palace
The fortification system and palace were built in the 13th century after the Mongol invasion. The Renaissance structures – built on medieval foundations – were destroyed by the Turks. Later, the Baroque Palace burned down, its reconstructed buildings were damaged during the War of Independence (1848-49). Renovation followed in the 19th century led by Miklós Ybl, the famous architect. The enlarged Palace was completed in neo-Baroque style by Alajos Hauszmann.
Interior of the Royal Palace
Inside the Royal Palace about 200 m long series of Baroque-style rooms await the visitor. We can wander through these elegant halls: the Ballroom, St. Sigismund Chapel, Palatinal Crypt, Great Ballroom, Main Staircase and the Habsburg Room.
Historical Museum of Budapest (Budapesti Történeti Múzeum)
The museum is located in the southern wing of the Palace. It presents the history of Budapest on 4 floors from the beginnings until the end of the Communist era. Permanent exhibitions give an insight into ancient cultures of the area, Medieval Royal Palace, Budapest in the Middle Ages, Budapest in the Modern Age. Temporary exhibitions are also held here. For more information on opening hours and ticket prices please visit:
Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)
The gallery is the national art museum. Its collections cover Hungarian art. The exhibitions are divided into 6 sections from medieval gothic statues through renaissance and baroque arts to contemporary artistic works. More information on collections, exhibitions and opening hours:
Contemporary art Museum (Ludwig Múzeum)
This is the only museum of contemporary art in Hungary to collect international art. The 3-storeyed building has a 3300 m² exhibition space furnished in modern technological circumstances. On the first floor temporary exhibitions are presented, while the upper two floors contain the museum’s permanent collection. www.ludwigmuseum.hu
National Széchenyi Library (Országos Széchenyi Könyvtár)
Count Ferenc Széchenyi founded the library in 1802. The Hungarian aristocrat traveled the world buying Hungarian books, which he donated to the nation. Later the public library was opened. Since then it has been operating as a national depository for written, printed and objective relics of the Hungarian past. Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-20.00.
Getting to Budapest Royal Palace
The Budapest Royal Palace is located in the Budapest Castle District on the southwestern site of the Danube on the Buda Hills. The Cable Car (Sikló) from Clark Ádám tér at the Buda end of the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) stops right at the castle. The track (100 m) takes about 10 minutes.
The Castle bus (Várbusz) departs every few minutes from Moszkva tér (reached by M2, red subway line or tram 4, 6).