1. Hungary
  2. Central Hungary
  3. Budapest
  4. Buda Castle

Budapest: Alternative Matthias Church Tour with Tower Access

Product ID: 384208
Enjoy an alternative guided tour of Matthias Church, the most iconic church in Hungary. Admire its one-of-a-kind gothic architecture. Access its hidden chambers and unique tower to gaze at the Budapest skyline from above.
About this activity
Duration: 1.5 hours
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Skip the line through express security check
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy an expertly guided tour of Matthias Church, the most symbolic Roman Catholic church in Hungary
  • Access the tower and marvel at the most beautiful views of Budapest
  • Visit the sacristy and the chapel, which are normally closed to the public
Full description
Embark on a guided tour of one of the most beautiful and symbolic places in Budapest, Matthias Church. Meet your guide in front of the church and then enjoy skip-the-line entry as you head inside this stunning Gothic masterpiece, which dates back to the middle of the 13th century.

Learn about why the building is referred to as the Church of Our Lady of Buda, and how it came to be one of Hungary’s most famous and most visited churches. Listen to fascinating insight about the church and how, during the Turkish occupation, it was turned into a mosque and its tower functioned as minaret.

The church was later renovated with donations from Franz Joseph Emperor of Austria and his wife Queen Elisabeth during the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the last Hungarian king and his wife were crowned here, and in memory of the many coronations the church has held it is also known as the Crowning Cathedral.

Admire the church’s stunningly detailed and elaborate architecture, as well as the glistening sun rays that shine through the 120-year-old windows. Retrace the steps of some of the church’s most distinguished visitors, including Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, Japanese Emperor Akihito, and St. John Paul II.

Uncover more stories of its fascinating history, including how it was damaged by bombs during World War II and then restored in the 1950s and 70s. Access the sacristy and the chapel areas with your guide, which are normally closed for public. End the tour with a visit to the tower and rooftop, from where you can enjoy the most spectacular views of Budapest.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Tower access
  • Access to the sacristy and chapel

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Your guide will be waiting for you just outside the ticket office of Matthias Church.

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Mátyás-templom Gondnoksága

Product ID: 384208