This is an impressive area on the Buda side of the Danube that is not to be missed. Highlights of my visit included:
The Fisherman’s Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902 as a portion of the old walls as a tribute to the guild of fisherman who defended the castle in the Middle Ages.
Hungarian National Gallery: This is a great museum to visit which offers a comprehensive overview of the history of Hungarian art from the beginning to the present. You will find impressive altar pieces to contemporary art and photography. There are special exhibitions as well. The building itself is beautiful and there are impressive views of the Pest side from the terraces. There is a small café if you need it. Szent Gyourgy ter 2.
Matthias Church: Visiting the church is well worth the price of admission. It has beautiful ceilings and altar paintings. Szenharomsag Ter. 2.
There are a number of restaurants in the castle. I enjoyed a traditional lunch at Var a Speiz at Hess Andras Ter. 6, near the Matthias Church. I had to try goulash and chicken paprikash! They put a contemporary spin on traditional recipes. It has a traditional atmosphere and excellent service.
Nearby Zsigai Gastronomy and Hospitality has several restaurants including the attractive Pierrot at Fortunautca 14 with a lovely garden in the rear and two beautiful indoor dining rooms. There is also 21 at Fortuna Utca 21, Pest Buda at Fortuna Utca 3 and Baltazar at Orszaghaz Utca 31.
Below the Fisherman’s Bastion is Halaszbastya Etterem Restaurant. You can eat in the beautiful domed dining room, or upstairs in the Margareta Terrace or outside on the Danube Terrace with wonderful views.
If you are a classical music fan, there is also the Museum of Music History located at Trancsics Mihaly Utca 7. It was interesting to see some wonderful antique pianos and instruments as well as some of Bartok’s original music and writings.