The country of Hungary is rich in history and also in castles and fortresses. Due to a turbulent history of invasions and occupations by different invaders, Hungary needed fortresses and castles. Some Hungarian castles are real strongholds to defend the land from invaders, while others resemble fairytale castles, like Bory Castle in Székesfehérvár. Bory Vár is more of a work of art, built around a beautiful inner garden by architect Jenő Bory in the early 1900’s. (All photos in this post by Inge or Lobke)
In comparison to the other castles we visited in Hungary, Bory Castle is a true work of art. It could easily feature in a fairytale or Disney movie. A creative architect who put a lot of imagination into it built this castle. You find a lot of cool castle towers with small round tower rooms. One of the round staircases has a beautifully painted mosaic which offers a beautiful view from downstairs to up as well as in the other direction. Bory Var is a great place for photography and this castle is a must-visit when in the neighborhood.
At Bory Vár, you can also admire plenty of sculptures and statues. The Castle is built around a beautiful courtyard with flowers perks and trees. Walk around the courtyard either under the walking gallery with hundreds of pillars or on top of the castle walls and all walkways are lined with statues and sculptures.
Bory Castle Information
Bory Castle or Bory Vár is located in the outskirts of Székesfehérvár, about 5 kilometers from the train station, but with a bus station nearby. You must pay the entrance fee in cash, preferably Hungarian Forint. There is no shop for drinks available, so don’t forget to bring water.
Bory Castle Useful Information
Adults Entrance fee 1500 HUF 4,6€
Children and seniors entrance fee for Bory Castle 700 HUF 2,3€
Opening hours in summer 9 – 17h
Opening hours 28 Oct – 11 Nov 9 – 16 h
Bory Castle is closed during the winter season
Check the official website
How to get to Bory Castle / Bory Vár
Bory Castle is located in the outskirts of Székesfehérvár, about 65 kilometers from Budapest. The castle can be visited on a day trip from Budapest. The easiest way to visit Bory Castle is by car or organized bus tour. But we included the route to get the Budapest to Székesfehérvár train below.
Having a car at your disposal is a huge advantage in Hungary and the easiest way to reach Bory Castle is by car. If you’re driving from Lake Balaton or Budapest to Bory Castle, the best route is following the M7 toll highway to Székesfehérvár. Bory Castle is located halfway between both Hungarian highlights. You can park your car in the streets just outside of the castle for free.
GPS address for Bory Castle: Máriavölgy 54, 8000 Székesfehérvár
Budapest to Székesfehérvár train and bus
To get the Budapest to Székesfehérvár train, you should get to the Kelenföld train station in District 11 first. From Budapest Keleti, take the M4 metro line from Budapest Keleti to Budapest Kelenföld. This should take you around 15 minutes. From Budapest Kelenföld, you can catch a train to Székesfehérvár, which takes a little less than 1 hour.
Bory Castle is located pretty far from the train station, which means you should either get a taxi to the castle or catch a bus. Bus number 31 and 32 both drive from the Székesfehérvár train station to a bus stop near Bory Castle. Ask the bus driver to drop you at Bory Var and they will get you to the right place in about 20 minutes.
Bory Castle History / Bory Vár History
Bory Castle was built after the first World War and it can be found in the Guinness Book of World Records because it’s the largest building made by one man. It took Jenő Bory 40 years to finish the entire castle. Since he was living and working in Budapest, he could only spend his summers on building the castle, which he built to honor his wife. Bory was an architect and artist and his sculptures can also be seen in Mor and Budapest. In the second World War, Bory Castle was almost finished but it ended up being in the middle of a war zone and a lot of structures were destroyed, so Bory ended up spending his senior years restoring the damaged structures.
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