Buda Castle is a castle that was built on the hill by King Béla IV, between 1247 and 1265. Of what remains today, the oldest section was built by Stephen, Duke of Slavonia in the 14th century.
Unfortunately, all that is left of this original structure are the foundations of what is known as ‘Stephen’s Tower’ and three interconnected, barrel-vaulted rooms. Stephen’s Tower was a formidably large structure with a distinctive turreted spire. The tower was destroyed by an explosion in 1686. The castle was greatly expanded by King Sigismund, perhaps the monarch most closely associated with the structure. If you want to see Sigismund today, you can spot him in statue form on the back of a horse in a prominent position outside of the castle.
Through various repairs and redevelopments the castle continued to develop into one of the most remarkable structures in this part of Europe. Train holidays to the region will offer you a good view of the castle rising above the city and the Danube as you roll into one of the stations.
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