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Visit the colorful Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom) on Castle Hill on the western Buda side of the Danube River. The current Roman Catholic church was built in the late 1200s but was turned into a mosque in the 1500s when the city was occupied by Turks. Architect Frigyes Schulek restored the Baroque style in the late 1800s. He retained some Gothic elements and added multicolor diamond roof tiles and gargoyles, creating the church’s distinctive appearance in the Budapest skyline.
Another element of Schulek’s project is the Fisherman’s Bastion surrounding the church. This sparkling white terrace has seven towers representing the seven tribes that settled in the Budapest area in 896. Follow the walking path and stairs to the terrace for a beautiful view of the Danube, Pest and the Citadella. Look for a 1906 bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary who was the first king of Hungary and a staunch Catholic.
Inside the church, listen to the impressive organ. Attend Sunday’s Latin high mass to hear a talented choir performing with the organist. The church orchestra also performs throughout the year.
The church interior has gold-leaf frescoes and stained-glass windows. It includes the Ecclesiastical Art Museum, which contains medieval stone carvings, sacred relics and copies of the Hungarian coronation jewels and royal crown.
There is no charge for entry to the church for the service, but tourists must purchase an entry ticket and abide by rules for respectful behavior; specifically, all entrants should have covered shoulders and men should not wear hats. Cell phones, smoking, eating, drinking and pets are not allowed. The church is normally open all day on weekdays, mornings on Saturdays and afternoons on Sundays. Audio guides in English are available to rent.
Take the Castle Bus to reach the Matthias Church. It is a very short but somewhat hilly walk to the church.
Located in Inner City Budapest, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liberty Square and St. Stephen's Basilica. Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 10 minutes. Arany Janos Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Kossuth Lajos ter Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Terezvaros, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oktogon, Hungarian State Opera House, and House of Terror. St. Stephen's Basilica and Parliament Building are also within 1 mile (2 km). Oktogon Station is only a 4-minute walk and Opera Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Terezvaros, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Budapest Operetta Theatre and Hungarian State Opera House. St. Stephen's Basilica and Parliament Building are also within 15 minutes. Arany Janos Street Station and Opera Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Castle Hill, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. Buda Castle and Szechenyi Chain Bridge are also within 15 minutes. Batthyany Place Station is 8 minutes by foot and Szell Kalman Square Station is 18 minutes.
Located in Castle Hill, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, and Budapest Castle Hill Funicular. Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Buda Castle are also within 15 minutes. Batthyany Place Station is 6 minutes by foot and Vorosmarty Square Station is 19 minutes.
Located in Inner City Budapest, this luxury hotel is steps away from Las Vegas Casino and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. St. Stephen's Basilica and Shoes on the Danube are also within 10 minutes. Vorosmarty Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station is 8 minutes.
This family-friendly Budapest hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Fisherman's Bastion, Parliament Building and Buda Castle. Szechenyi Chain Bridge and St. Stephen's Basilica are also within 2 mi (3 km). Batthyany Place Station is 8 minutes by foot and Budapest Margaret Bridge- Buda Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Gellert Hill, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool and Elisabeth Bridge. Great Market Hall and Vaci Street are also within 15 minutes. Szent Gellert ter Station is only a 2-minute walk and Fovam Square Station is 9 minutes.