Budapest’s Castle District is abound in great attractions. The Royal Palace is situated on the southern part of Castle Hill. During the Turkish occupation the medieval palace was almost completely destroyed. The building of the southern wing of the present-day palace was started in the eighteenth century during the reign of Maria Theresa. The other parts were built at the end of the nineteenth century, during the reign of Francis Joseph I. Unfortunately, in the Second World War the palace was burnt down. During its rebuilding the remains of the medieval palace and fortifications were excavated. Today it serves cultural purposes because it functions as home to important cultural institutions and museums like Hungarian National Gallery, Ludwig Museum (Museum of Contemporary Art) and Budapest Historical Museum. It is also worth visiting Fishermen’s Bastion that was built in 1905. From its top you can have the best panoramic view of Budapest. Finally you must see the neo-gothic style Matthias Church rebuilt by Frigyes Schulek at the turn of the last century and the Labyrinth of Buda Castle that stretches beneath Castle Hill.