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Matthias Church (Mátyás Templom)
Matthias Church (Mátyás Templom)

Matthias Church (Mátyás Templom)

2 Szentháromság tér, Budapest, 1014

The Basics

Tour Matthias Church to learn about Budapest history. The church was used as a coronation site for Hungary's kings, and composer Franz Liszt's Coronation Mass was first performed inside. See the church on Buda walking tours, castle walking tours, and citywide bus tours. Tours typically visit the church and may include entry fees. Adventurous travelers can consider bike tours, scooter tours, and private tuk-tuk tours, which typically visit Castle Hill and pass by Matthias Church.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Budapest

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Excellent tour
ncww, Jan 2020
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
Really knowledgeable guide who gave us so much context for the sights, the history of the area as well as Hungary in general. Really worth doing this is our first activity during our visit!
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Budapest Castle Tour
Dennis7120, Nov 2019
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
Our guide Monica was the best!! After cancelling our initial tour and rescheduling it for the next day, Viator went out of the way to make the tour as easy and accessible as possible. A great company and quite reliable. Couldn't have been more pleased with our guide and the service provided.
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Great Guide
judymac123, Sep 2019
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
Krisztina was a knowledgeable and honest tour guide. She shared just the right amount of history with us. We were on data overload from 3 weeks of traveling but Krisztina was so interesting. The Buda side of the river was beautiful and appealing.
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Knowledgeable and friendly guide
Vucci, Jul 2018
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
Kristine was our guide around Castle hill She was welcoming and gently lead us through the history of Budapest, and St. Mathias church. She answered all our questions and her calm demeanor made our stroll on the hill so very pleasant. I would recommend Kristina as a tour guide anytime!!!
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The guide I can't remember his name...
krs2425, Oct 2017
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
The guide I can't remember his name was great. My family ended up having a private tour since no one else had booked on this day. The tour guide was very personable and informative. I would defiantly recommend this tour!
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Christy was an excellent guide! The...
Ileana P, Oct 2017
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
Christy was an excellent guide! The details and her narratives were well explained and in perfect English!
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The tour was amazing, we learned a...
Cristina N, Jul 2017
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
The tour was amazing, we learned a lot and were astonished! Tomas, the guide was wonderful, a full energetic and enthusiastic person!The best guide ever! I would totally recommended taking this tour.
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Great tour and our guide Cristina...
Natasha K, Aug 2018
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
Great tour and our guide Cristina was wonderful! The highlight of the tour was definitely visiting St. Mathias church, the views from the Fisherman's Bastion and the break with snacks at a local shop. The other pleasant surprise was that this tour said 2.5 hours but it actually lasted a bit over 3 hours. It would have been good to know this for sure, since we had another tour afterwards, which limited our time getting there. Overall a very nice experience.
star-4
Generally the tour was ok. We...
Peter L, Nov 2017
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
Generally the tour was ok. We visited Fishermen Bastion, Matthias Church, Royal Palace, The guiding could have been richer in information and stories, make the whole thing more unforgettable. But it is possible for a foreign tourist the info was sufficient, I am complaing just because as local I know more about these buildings, its history and just because off this base, I wanted even more.
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The guide was amazing, with lots of...
Maria S, Oct 2017
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
The guide was amazing, with lots of knowledge and comments far from the basic, well speaking, details, photos, he always adapted the tour to our needs, explained everytihing in na enthousiastic way, stop at the end with beverage and cake was the very best too
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Vicky our tour guide was an absolute...
kimfichardt, Feb 2017
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
Vicky our tour guide was an absolute gem. So knowledgeable and friendly. A definite must for anyone visiting Budapest. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment !
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Frank our tour guide was excellent...
Revi P, Jun 2016
Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry
Frank our tour guide was excellent! My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour it was well structured, interesting and we were able to see all of the Castle District. I would definitely recommend this tour by Frank as he was very knowledgeable and explained clearly the history of Budapest.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • History enthusiasts should seek out the church's Madonna statue, which lore says saved the castle from Turkish invasion.

  • Pay special attention to the medieval columns on the church's Béla Tower, adorned with intricate carvings.

  • For a more intimate view, attend an evening concert at the church.

  • Danube River cruises are a great way to see the Castle Hill district from the water, and they often include extras like wine tasting.

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How to Get There

To reach Matthias Church via public transportation, hop on the No. 16 bus. Take the bus from Deák Ferenc tér—on the Pest side of the Danube—and get off at Szentháromság Tér. The stop is outside the church, at 2 Szentháromság tér. For an easier option, consider a Castle District sightseeing tour—or a hop-on hop-off bus tour—which typically passes by Matthias Church and takes the guesswork out of navigating public transit.

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When to Get There

The church is open Monday to Friday, from morning until early evening. On Saturday, the church is open from morning until just after lunch, and on Sunday it's open in the afternoon. The church is busiest on weekends and for concerts. To avoid crowds, visit on a weekday. If you visit at night, you may not be able to enter, but you'll enjoy the dramatic exterior lighting.

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Visiting the Fisherman's Bastion

A stop to Matthias Church isn't complete without a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, a turreted structure built for the 19th century Hungarian Millennium celebration. Today, visitors enjoy panoramic views of the Danube River, the Hungarian Parliament, and the Pest side of the city. The site is free to visit, though you must pay a small entry fee to explore the upper towers.

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