Wheelchair-accessible sights: A tour of Buda Castle

The beautiful panorama of "Castle Hill" can be enjoyed even by those who in a wheelchair, though it pays to know what to expect. Concerted efforts have been made recently to improve the accessibility of the attractions here, but the hill-top nature of the castle and its historic and picturesque cobbled streets do present some challenges. A good many places are now equipped with ramps and elevators, and in most cases accessible toilets are available too. Source: National Federation of Disabled Persons' Associations (MEOSZ)

Getting there

Vehicular access to the castle district is restricted mainly to residents, but those displaying a valid disabled persons' vehicle document may enter the castle district. Cars can enter the castle from the direction of Clark Ádám tér via Hunyadi utca and from the direction of Széll Kálmán tér on Várfok utca by driving through the vehicle barriers.  Due to a one-way system, the gate on Palotai út is only for exit from the castle, in the direction of Attila Street. For parking, a valid parking licence must be placed visibly behind the windscreen. A parking card/ticket can be obtained from the machines by the barriers. At the exit they have to be placed back in the box. The staff in the kiosks at the entrances are generally happy to provide assistance when it is needed.

By public transport, we can reach the castle district by Bus 16, the so-called Sikló, or we can can use the wheelchair-friendly elevator from Dózsa György tér. It is free of charge for people with disabilities.

Sights

Up in the castle hill we can visit a wide variety of monuments, museums and buildings, but we shall note that cobble stones might make traffic difficult.

The lowest level of the Fishermen's Bastion is fully accessible for wheelchair-users as well. Physically challenged people and an accompanying person can visit Mathias Church for free. Wheelchair access is provided to the church at the entrance at the Fishermen Bastion's side – if the gate is not open do ask for assistance at the main entrance.

Both A and B buildings of National Gallery are fully disabled-accessible. To see the exhibitions in buildings C and D, you can request access at the main reception in building A. With the assistance of a member of staff it is free of charge to look around the exhibitions there. Buildings A and C are equipped with disabled-accessible restrooms too and the exhibitions also have touchable objects for the visually-impaired.

Budapest History Museum is located in Building E of Budavári Palace. This building has a ramp at the entrance. The exhibition hall can be accessed via 8 stairs –disabled-access is provided by a mobile elevator. This machine can carry 70x74 cm objects up to 150 kilograms. From this level two elevators can take us to the upper floors. Unfortunately the medieval exhibition in the lower part has no disable-accessible yet, but a specially-designed restroom is situated at the hall. The building of National Széchenyi Library also features full wheelchair-access and it has a wheelchair-friendly toilet too.

The entrance of Budavári Labyrinth is accessible as well. After a registration call on +36 1 325 1600 it is also possible to reach the Museum of Military History, This museum has partially disabled-accessible toilet too.

Source: National Federation of Disabled Persons' Associations (MEOSZ)

If you find any unmentioned obstacles or other problems with our suggested route. Do please contact us.