The 15 best places to visit in Hungary

 

Completed in 1930, in the extreme south of the country close to the borders of Serbia and Romania, in the city of Szeged is the Votive Church And Cathedral Of Our Lady Of Hungary, with its twin towers standing a whopping 91 metres (299 ft) high it is the fourth largest building in the country. Inside the church is the largest organ in Europe, with a staggering 9,740 pipes.

 

Visitors to Szeged should also be sure to check out the nearby historic water tower.

15. Szegedi Dóm

 

Founded in 996 AD to the west of the countries capital, Budapest, is the Benedictine Abbey Of Pannonhalma, one of the oldest historical monuments in Hungary. Standing atop a 282 metre (925 ft) hill, this wonderful medieval building is the second largest territorial abbey in the world. With such outstanding historical value, the Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

14. Pannonhalma Archabbey

 

West of the capital, Budapest, are the well known floating houses of Lake Bokodi. These little cabins suspended on stilts over the tranquil lake have become one of the top destinations for fishing fans. Used as a cooling pond for the nearby power plant, the lake never fully freezes. Connected by a series of boardwalks, for those visitors not into fishing, the site is relatively cute and does make for a pretty picture.

13. Bokodi Hutotó

 

First constructed in the 12th century, located to the north east of the capital, Budapest, is the medieval Diósgyőr Castle. Having survived Mongol invasion in the 13th century and Ottoman invasion in the 16th century, by the end of the 1600's the castle was completely in ruin. What stands there today is the result of an almost complete rebuild that began in 1953 and was only completed as recently as 2014.

12. Diósgyőri Vár

 

Operating since the 1730's, east of the capital, Budapest, close to the city of Eger is the open air spa village of Egerszalok. The natural hot springs have created a large and unusual white limestone calcium carbonate mound that the locals call, 'Salt Hill'. Though not uncommon around the world, its one of very few travertine's found within Europe.

11. Egerszalók

 

In the northern centre of the country, north east from the capital, Budapest, close to the border with Slovakia is the historical village of Hollókő, its name meaning 'Raven Stone'. Lying within a valley of the Cserhát Mountains, the present village dates from the end of the 17th century at the end of the Ottoman era, though with many of the structures built from wood they have had to be rebuilt many times over the years due to wildfires. To preserve this historical and cultural piece of Hungary, the old village of Hollókő and its surroundings have been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10. Hollókő

 

In the far north east of the country, close to the border with Slovakia, built on a hill in the Zemplén Mountains is the picturesque medieval Boldogko Castle, sometimes referred to as the 'Happy Stone Castle'. Something particularly lovely about the structure is the wooden walkway that snakes out to a hut along a thin natural rock formation, offering visitors fantastic panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.

9. Boldogkőváralja

 

In the south west of the country, on the slopes of the Mecsek Mountains close to the border with Croatia is the city of Pécs, the fifth largest city in Hungary. With a long history that includes 150 years of occupation by the Ottoman's, Pécs is regarded to be the richest town in Hungary in terms of Turkish architecture, mixed in with ancient Roman ruins and more modern Renaissance structures. At its historical centre lies the Széchenyi square, filled with monuments such as the Mosque of Pasha Qasim, the City Hall, the County Hall, the Nádor hotel, the Zsolnay Well, the Fatebenefratelli Church, the Trinity statue and the brass statue of János Hunyadi on horse back, it is one of the finest city squares in the country.

8. Pécs

 

In the extreme north west of the country, right on the Austrian border is the city of Sopron. With walls and foundations from the Roman empire, together with artistically decorated medieval, Renaissance and Baroque style structures, Sopron is considered one of the most historical and beautifully kept cities in Hungary.

 

Pictured is the main square with the Holy Trinity Column and the 12th century Fire Tower looming over the buildings in the background.

7. Sopron

 

North east of the capital, Budapest, is the historical city of Eger, famous for the narrow alleyways of its old town, its thermal baths, Baroque architecture and its large imposing castle. With so many well maintained historical buildings, Eger along with Sopron is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Hungary.

 

Pictured from the Castle Of Eger, looking out at the main square with the Minorita Church and the Egri Bazilika in the distance.

6. Eger

 

In the far east of the country, within the former capital city, now second city of Hungary, is the city of Debrecen, famous for the Reformed Great Church Of Debrecen. Completed in 1824 AD in a Neoclassical style, this huge building at the centre of the main city square has become one of the most iconic in the country. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 AD, the then Governor-President Lajos Kossuth made the Hungarian Declaration Of Independence within the Great Church, giving it enormous historical importance for the people of Hungary.

5. Debrecen

 

Completed in 1869 AD, to the north west of the capital, Budapest, in the city of Esztergom only a river's width from the border with Slovakia, is the Cathedral And Primatial Basilica Of The Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed Into Heaven And St. Adalbert, more commonly known as Esztergom Basilica. Standing 100 metres (328 ft) to the top of the dome it is Hungary's largest church and single tallest building. Within it, the altarpiece depicting the assumption of the blessed virgin Mary is the largest single canvas painting in the world, measuring 13.5 metres (44 ft) by 6.6 metres (21.5 ft).

4. Esztergom Bazilika

 

To the south west of the capital, Budapest, in the city of Székesfehérvár is the decorative and ornate Bory Castle, one of the most unique castle structures in Europe. Building began in 1923 by architect and sculptor Jeno Bory, who worked on the castle until his death in 1959. Built for his wife and used as the family home, Bory Castle is the largest building in the world to be constructed by one man. Nicknamed the Taj Mahal of Székesfehérvár, gorgeously decorated with ornate statues, turrets and towers, visitors should seek out the colourful and slightly psychedelic spiral tower staircase. 

3. Bory Vár

 

In the far north east of the country, straddling the border with Slovakia is the 199 square kilometre (77 square mile) Aggtelek National Park, famed for its unusual surface formations, underground caves and limestone landscape. The park consists of 280 caves of varying sizes, with its highlight undoubtedly the Baradla Cave, at 26 kilometres (16 miles) in length it is the largest stalactite cave in Europe. The protected area of Aggtelek National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Aggteleki Nemzeti Park

 

In the northern centre of the country, Hungary's capital city, Budapest, is often cited as one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe. Split by the River Danube, its 19th century Széchenyi Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda with the relatively flat Pest. Home to a host of incredible historical buildings including the amazing Hungarian Parliament, and with an extensive list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Budapest is one of the most visited cities on the continent.

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