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Budapest: Matthias Church Guided Tour including Admission

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Enjoy a guided tour around Matthias Church, the most iconic church in Hungary, and learn about its rich history. Admire the church’s stunningly unique architecture as well as sprawling views of the Budapest skyline from atop the hill it sits on.
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Duration: 50 minutes
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  • Enjoy an expertly guided tour of Matthias Church the most symbolic Roman Catholic church in Hungary
  • Hear stories of how the building survived its eventful history
  • Admire the altar where Sisi and Emperor Franz Josef were coronated
  • Retrace the steps of the church's most distinguished visitors
  • Marvel at the building's stunningly elaborate Gothic architecture
Full description
Embark on a guided tour through 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.

From your guide, listen to fascinating insight about the church, and how during the Turkish occupation it was turned into a mosque, with 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, as you uncover more stories of its fascinating history such as how it was damaged by bombs during World War II and then restored in the 1950s and 70s. Finally, as you head out of the church, marvel at breathtaking views of Budapest’s skyline from the church’s unique vantage point at the top of the hill.
  • Live guided tour
  • Admission ticket to the church
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the side entrance of the church (the closest gate to the St Stephen's horse riding statue).

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Hats
  • Food and drinks
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Please wear clothes appropriate for a church (no sleeveless tops, short skirts, or shorts)
• Men should keep their heads uncovered
• It is forbidden to eat, drink, or smoke in the church area
• The church is closed on some special occasions such as wedding ceremonies and official state delegation visits

From US$ 16.01 per person

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Product ID: 304293