The changing of the Guards in front of the Hungarian Presidential Palace is one of the Buda Castle attractions. The palace is called Sandor Palota (Alexander Palace), which is located by the Funicular (approximately over the Tunnel and the Chain Bridge) in the Buda Castle District in Budapest.
The Changing of the Guards takes a few minutes with a spectacular choreography (turning about the rifles, saluting, marching up and down the square, domino-like movements, drums, etc.).
When is the Changing of the Guards in Buda Castle?
Currently, the Changing of Guards is not on display: due to the pandemic changes the guards are carrying out a different set of tasks, not related to former protocol events such as the Changing of Guards.
In 2022 this may change, please kindly contact us via email to find out more.
Mon – Sun: 8:30 am – 5 pm, every hour by the hour (e.g. 10 am, 11 am, … 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm)
Special Saturdays: once a month on the last Saturday of the given month, the Changing of the Guards is accompanied by music. The Special Saturday Changing of the Guards is at midday only (12 pm). For festive timings please scroll below.
The ceremonial changing of the guards may be upgraded if prominent guests visit the Hungarian President. When dignitaries visit the President in the Buda Castle, the choreography is more complicated compared to regular days.
The uniform of the Hungarian soldiers is less spectacular than the funny sexy fur bearskin capped English guards in the Buckingham Palace in London, but it is still an interesting thing to see in the Buda Castle on the Castle Hill of Budapest.
The changing of the guards was obviously not part of the communist Hungary, this military tradition has been revived only a few years ago in 2003, when the Hungarian president moved to the Sandor Palace (Alexandar Palace) in the Buda Castle district.
The palace of the Hungarian president is right next to the Funicular Railway and the huge Turul bird statue.
This video of the guards changing was made in 2012:
And another one made in summer in the Buda Castle in 2012
The guards nicely move in unison. And the changing is often appreciated by some applause from the bystanders and tourists. At the end of the changing of the guards, the soldiers go back into the palace of the president.
Christmas and New Year
On December 24, 25, 26 and 31 the Changing of the Guards takes place during shortened hours between 10am and 14pm, every hour on the hour. On January 1 there is no Changing of the Guard.
Note: The Christmas and New Year schedule is not officially approved yet, it reflects the practice of the last few years.
To compare, you can watch the changing of the guards in the Parliament in Budapest. The guards are taking care of the safety of the Hungarian coronation jewels: (koronaőrök – crown guards) in the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, which takes place by the Hungarian crown jewels: