Monument, edifice Settlement:
The Royal Palace is one of the most emblematic architectural masterpieces of the cityscape, and the most recognizable building from the Pest side of the Danube.
It has been home to Hungarian kings since the 13th century. The medieval walls and a couple of buildings are still remained from that period, but in the 19th century the palace has undergone major transformation, led by Miklós Ybl and Alajos Hauszmann.
It has become a magnificent neo-baroque castle with thrilling interiors and majestic features. Unfortunately most of the building has been demolished in WWII. The palace was rebuilt in the 1960s, but with serious simplifications on the exterior.
The interior rooms and halls were not reconstructed at all, so today the building functions as a complex, modern cultural institution. It hosts the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum.