The Walt Disney Company, most associated with children’s entertainment and adaptions of fairy tales, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The company was founded in October 1923, by the legendary cartoonist Walt Disney himself and his younger brother and business partner Roy O. Disney.
To commemorate the centennial, the German version of the travel blog Weloveholdays decided to make a list of Europe’s nine most wonderful castles. They did not base it on their subjective opinion—rather, they ranked them according to the number of Instagram posts about them and their number of 5-star user reviews on TripAdvisor.
As per these criteria, Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle topped the list, with 698,000 Instagram posts and 30,752 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor; followed by Prague Castle, then the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.
The Buda Castle, in the heart of our capital, also made the list, coming in at the #8 spot with 225,000 Instagram posts and 4,420 5-star reviews received on TripAdvisor.
‘The historic fortress in Budapest overlooks the Danube and rises above the city. The complex to explore and the breathtaking views when the palace is lit up at night…it’s worth a visit,’ the travel blog wrote.
This list also caught the attention of Balázs Orbán, the political director for the Prime Minister, who proudly shared it with his followers on the social media platform X (Twitter).
A vast number of Hungary’s old castles and palaces have been renovated under the extensive National Hauszmann Programme, launched in 2014. The Buda Castle is no expectation to that: many impressive buildings located inside Budapest’s castle district, such as the Royal Palace, the Carmelite Monastery (which now serves as the primary workplace of the Prime Minister), and the Royal Stables and Guardhouse, have been completely renovated in recent years. We have thoroughly covered these reconstruction projects in an article back in May, linked below for your reading pleasure.