Hi friends,

Did you know that there is a labyrinth of caves and tunnels under the Buda Castle? During World War II, the caves became a bomb shelter and hospital. But a few centuries before that, they served as a prison. Do you know the name of the most famous prisoner held there?

The prisoner’s real name was Vlad Tepes, but later he was better known by the name of Count Dracula! If you like, you can even take a tour of the tunnels and listen to all the dark stories about Dracula.

The Budapest Castle (“Vár” in Hungarian) was the home and fortress of the great Hungarian Kings of old. The first one was built in the 13th century, but most of what you can see now was finished in 1769.

The last major royal event held in the castle (or palace as it is also called) was the coronation of King Charles IV, the last Hungarian King (also known as Karl I, the last Emperor of Austria).

The night view of the castle is absolutely breath-taking!

Have you ever thought about what it might be like to visit a king is his castle? What would you say to him? How would you act? I think if I ever met a king, I would probably feel pretty small…and since I am only 1.5 feet tall, that is saying something!

A huge castle fan,

Peter