Sketching the Medieval Castle of Buda free walking tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Guru: Cecilia
Quality Verified Registered on May 05, 2023

I am a children's book illustrator. I love slow travelling and I like to sketch what I see, as a way of connecting to the place. My favourite adventures were Tajikistan, Chile, Brazil, Ireland, and Italy. I am the maker of Walkit sketching bags, special bags to allow you to draw/paint on the go, whenever and wherever you wish. I am inviting you to join me and try sketching!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Hello, Travellers! I am Cecilia, a children's book illustrator and writer. I am inviting you to an unusual guided tour in the Buda Castle!
My passion is to walk the streets and sketch the ancient buildings, churches, hidden corners of the Castle. Sketching is a real game changer: it connects you to a place in a different, personal way. Let me show you!

On this tour we will stop at some chosen spots and sketch what we see. We will sketch buildings, statues, people. I will show you simple techniques to start with - no previous skills required - and while you draw, I tell you the story of the place.

We will make friends with colour markers and pencil drawing, basic perspectives, learn some tips and tricks of how to simplify a complex view. In the end you may even paint your own postcard of Budapest! A unique memory forever!

Try it with me!

Our route: 

  • Vienna Gate (1st sketching stop - how to start)
  • National Archives
  • Mary Magdalene Church (2nd sketching stop - church tower)
  • Houses of Országház utca (3rd sketching stop - narrow alley)
  • Holy Trinity Statue
  • Matthias Church (4th sketching stop - Holy Trinity Square)
  • Statue of St Stephen
  • Fisherman's Bastion (5th sketching stop - optional - Bastion towers)

Come and see Buda Castle "one drawing at a time".

Looking forward to seeing you on one of my tours!

this is NOT a classical guided tour. While I will tell you about the historical context, and tell you many interesting things and stories about the Castle, the focus will be on sketching. If you want 2,5 hrs of comprehensive information, look for another tour!

What you will need:
- a sketchbook
- a soft graphite pencil
- a few coloured pencils
- an eraser.


- black fineliner
- a few colour markers.

Please bring these with you! 

If you cannot bring your own tools, no worries! I can provide you with a basic toolkit for €12, which contains everything needed.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Budapest, Bécsikapu tér, 1014 Hungary
    Budapest, Bécsikapu tér, 1014 Hungary
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    I will be just outside the Gate (Budai Kapu) on the left, with a sketchbook in my hand, and a sketching bag on my waist.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Vienna Gate
  • 2
    Outside visit
    National Archives of Hungary
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Maria Magdalene Church Tower
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Houses of Országház utca
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Holy Trinity Statue
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Matthias Church
  • 7
    Outside visit
    St Stephen's Monument
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Fisherman's Bastion

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Sasha 25 Dec 2023

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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
My tour with Cecilia was a highlight of my trip to Budapest! She exposed me to great new drawing methods and media that I look forward to using in future. On top of that she gave a local’s insights on Buda, as well as it’s history. I would recommend the tour to anyone!
Gyula 14 Aug 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
I had a great time on this tour! Cecilia's tour is totally unique, nothing I've ever seen before in any city. You learn about the place and the history on every such tour, but here this was only the smaller part of the experience. Cecilia taught us about sketching, which is a magical way to slow down and observe. It was fun to learn new skills and techniques, but the most fun was to somehow become more present, more embedded into the fabric of this amazing city, and feel almost like a local for these couple hours. Thank you Cecilia!
Yaara 13 Aug 2023
Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
Cecilia was the best tour guide and sketch guide! we went to some really cool places around the castle and gave us really good sketching exercises. She also gave us some historical background about these places. In the end we bought handmade sketching kit bags from her! we had so much fun, If you like drawing and sketching, or if you want to try something new and see a different angle of the castle you should really go for it
Katalin 13 Aug 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
I went to the tour with my son and a friend. None of us had experience with sketching. Cecilia is a kind a friendly guide and gave us helpful tips, so making our first sketches ever was a very nice experience. The locations she chose for sketching offered possibilities for both beginners and advanced sketchers. We all enjoyed the tour and time just flew. Cecilia provides a unique view of Budapest and specifically the Castle, a serene walk with stories and sketching that I am happy to recommend
Kris 13 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
I had a wonderful time! It was my first experience with urban sketching and I fell in love with this way of mindful exploration of my surroundings. Buda Castle is beautiful and Cecilia made me feel very comfortable to express myself through sketching. Thank you Cecilia, and I will be back for more sketching walks!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 20 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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