Budapest Castle District is filled with rich history, and holds Budapest’s most significant medieval monuments and museums. Budapest's tourist attractions such as the Royal Castle, Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion are all located on the Castle Hill, which is recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Over the centuries, the church underwent several major transformations. During the Turkish occupation it was converted to a mosque, and its walls were whitewashed. After the reconquest of Buda, it was reconstructed in baroque style. Baroque was the trendy architectural style in the 18th century, and many of the historical castle buildings are still good examples of the Baroque fashion on the Castle Hill.
During World War II, the church was badly damaged. Matthias Church was used as a camp by the Germans and Soviets in 1944-1945 during the Soviet occupation of Hungary. The church was largely renovated between 1950-1970 with funding from the Hungarian government.
If time permits, explore cobblestone streets and feel the medieval vibe as you uncover Castle Hill at your own pace. Fisherman’s Bastion was designed to be a magnificent view terrace to serve as a perfect lookout point in any weather, and also to enhance the beauty of the Matthias Church.
Fishermen's Bastion offers free access to the lower part but you will have to pay for the view from its towers. As for Matthias Church, admission ticket is needed for entry.