Bel-Buda (lit. Inner Buda) is a district in Budapest.


District 1, Inner Buda (Bel-Buda)

Bel-Buda officially 'Várkerület' (lit. Castle district) including Watertown (Vízíváros, Fő utca), Castle Hill (Budai Várnegyed), Taban (Tabán) and Kristinatown (Krisztinaváros). The borders of the district are Gellért Hill, South (Déli) Railway Station and, at its northernmost point, the Margaret Bridge's bridgehead on its Buda side. Administratively this is First district (abbrev. I.) which is bounded in the northwest II. and XII. district, the Mount area (Hegyvidék), in south the XI. district (Újbuda) while in the east the Danube, by the V. district the Downtown (Belváros).

In the courtyards of the Royal Palace

Castle Hill, known as Várhegy in Hungarian, was first settled in the thirteenth century, after a Mongol attack led Buda's citizens to seek a more easily defended neighborhood. The royal Hungarian court also decided to move, to the southern end of the hill. By the fourteenth century, there were an estimated 8,000 residents in Buda. After a long (1541–1686) period of Turkish rule, a 75-day siege left Buda in ruins, and Austrian authorities counted a mere 300 people left. This would not be the last heavy attack on Castle Hill. In 1849 and 1945 the Baroquified area once more came under attack. A completely surrounded German force held out for almost a month in January 1945, in the thirty-first siege of the city. Since 1987 part of the Unesco World Heritage list. The three main part of the Castle district (Várnegyed) are: the Buda Castle Palace, the area of St George's Square (Szent György tér) and the historical residential area.

Tourist Information Point

Get in

Both metro lines M2 (red) and M4 (green)cross the Danube from Pest to the Buda side. M2 stops at three major transport hubs: Batthyány Square (gaze at the view to the Parliament before changing to the HÉV suburban train for Szentendre), Széll Kálmán Square (former Moszkva Square, gateway to the Castle Hill in fact this is on the I. and II. districts perimeter) and Southern Railway Station (Déli pályaudvar) (southern railway station).

You can take trams tram: no. 18, 19, 41. at west limits of the district useful the tram: 56, 59. tram: 4 & 6 also serve district needs.

It's also pleasant to walk by Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd) from Pest and walk up by the narrow streets or paths (as Király lépcső or Kemál Atatürk sétány). Walking from Pest is likely to be faster than public transport or taxi on peak hours.

Get around

This district is small enough to discover it on foot. However, if you get tired, you can jump on bus 5, 11 or 86 which has several stops inside the Bel-Buda District, or two convenient trams: 19 and 41 go along the Buda bank of the river. There is also a bicycle route in parallel to it. Tram 18 could be useful to explore Taban (Tabán) and Kristinatown (Krisztinaváros) on Krisztina boulevard.

In Buda Castle area you can use bus 16 (formerly known as Várbusz) which has several stops inside the Castle District. Overpriced horse carriages are also waiting for taking you on a tour.

As private cars are not allowed to enter the Castle Hill zone, your only options remain public transport, walking or taxi.

Other transport modes

The Tunnel only one in Budapest


Castle Hill

This is the highlight of the 1st district, Buda Downtown. You can walk around in the old romantic streets of the hill or see the great view of Pest from there.

Fisherman's Bastion

Kristinatown and Taban

All area of these district what is west and south from Castle Hill.

Castle garden kiosk


All area of these district what is north or east from Castle Hill

Hungarian Theatre Museum



Rudas thermal bath at the foot of Gellert Hill


Photo making

On a clear day, there are countless possibilities. There are some points with wonderful view toward Pest (East) to Buda (West) and also maybe you could see to north to Danube Bend (40-50 km).


Just walk along north to south and back on a parallel street. Explore yourself the area there almost every house is a monument, small restaurants and giftshops. Little charming lanes almost exclusively east-west direction.








Pörkölt (is a meat stew which originates from Hungary) and Nokedli (a pasta, used as side dish)


Fast food


This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under HUF1500
Mid-range HUF1500-3000
Splurge Over HUF3000






Watertown quarter, hotels area of District I.




Stay healthy

Stay safe



Wi-Fi hotspot points of Budapest.

Post Office

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