Famous Places to visit in Hungary
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Hungary is a beautiful country in Central Europe. It borders Slovakia to the north, Serbia to the south, Austria to the west, Romania to the east and southeast, Ukraine to the northeast, and Croatia and Slovenia to the southwest. Hungary’s capital city is Budapest. Country Hungary provides many places for tourists to visit. There are many places that have been a major attraction in Hungary. Budapest being the most famous tourist spot, the country was the 13th most visited country in 2002.
Some of the places to visit in HUNGARY are:
1. Buda Castle, Budapest
Hungary is also known for its architectural designs. The place homes many such artistic designs that stuns people. One such castle you want to visit is the most popular tourist attraction in Budapest, which is Buda Castle. Budavári Palota or Buda Castle is also considered as “Paris of the East”. The original palace was destructed in 1686 and later rebuilt into one such stunning castle. Many parts were reconstructed to make it look like as it is now, Buzogány Tower and South Tower are few of them. Facing the Danube is 61m high done that gives the stunning view of the castle and the river. Buda Castle is also UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Danube River
The scintillating Danube River flows from north to south through Hungary. The river splits the Budapest city in two. The River is the origin of many nearby tourist spots. It provides the best sunrise and sunset views of the river. People from across the world come here to visit and witness the beauty of the river and enjoy fun activities and other places that are located surrounding the river. Freedom Bridge, Danube bend, and the Danube Cycle path are the two most famous spots to view this river. A guided tour is also provided to enjoy the trip over river waters through a boat.
3. Esztergom Basilica
Located at the distance of over 46km from Budapest city, Esztergom Basilica is one such spectacular construction and is present in one of the oldest Hungarian towns. This Catholic Church goes by the official name “Primatial Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed Into Heaven and St. Adalbert” and was constructed in 1507. Set atop on the castle hill and giving the stunning view of the Danube River, Esztergom Basilica is one of the tallest structures in Hungary. It is also considered as the biggest religious structure of the country.
The attractions of this place include an altarpiece, the massive crypt in Old Egyptian Style, the world’s largest painting, a collection of Renaissance-era paintings, and other treasure.
4. Hungarian Parliament Building
The astonishing building of the Hungarian Parliament building is hard to miss. Overlooking River Danube this building is also a beautiful piece of architecture. Located in Budapest, this building serves as a treat during the night. Take a boat ride in the Danube to explore the exquisite beauty of this place.
This is also considered the largest parliament buildings in Europe. Other attractions nearby include the Museum of Ethnography and the Ministry of Agriculture building.
A guided tour is available when the parliament session is not going out. The tour will guide you through 690 rooms of the building, lobby areas, entrance hall, and a look through the nation’s crown jewels.
5. The Caves of Lillafüred
If you are into mountains and caves, then Hungary has a place for that too. The caves if Lillafüred is a famous spa destination in the Bükk Mountains, Hungary. You can take a walk to some of the most interesting caves István Cave will provide you with its spectacular view of stalactite formations, the Petofi Cave has the gorgeous impressions of extinct plant species left in its limestone walls, Szeleta Cave providing an adventurous hike and has relics from the Ice Age. Also adding to the experience is the old narrow-gauge railway which runs through one of the most rugged parts of the mountains.
6. Hortobágy National Park
Hortobagy National Park holds a significant value as it is a part of Hungary’s Great Plain which is an area that is protected as Europe’s biggest natural grassland. It was established in 1973 and has a variety of attractions. You can witness a diverse animal life and birdlife. Stargazing opportunities are also available at this place.
The National Park has other facilities for a tourist to enjoy, one can enjoy the collection of native fauna, go for many hiking and biking rides or horse riding adventure. Country House and Herdsman Museum are other highlights of this park.
7. Hungarian Open Air Museum
Hungarian Open Air Museum is a place you must visit when you want to dwell in some traditional Hungary. It is called Szentendre Szabadtéri Néprajzi Múzeum in the Hungarian Language. Situated around 23km from Budapest, the museum was established in 1967. It is spread over the area of about 46 hectares at Sztaravoda. The museum aims to provide tourists with a hint of the tradition of Hungary. It exhibits Carpathian folk architecture and life in various regions of Hungary.
The eight regions of Hungarian Open Air Museum to stroll around are North Hungarian Village, Upland Market Town, Great Plains, Upper-Tisza, Southern Transdanubia, Western Transdanubia, Bakony, Balaton Uplands, and Kisalföld.
Sopron is a city located near the borders of Austria and is known to be the home of many officially listen to buildings. Out of 240 buildings, 115 comes under officially listed buildings. It is one of the famous sites for travelers in Hungary. This hidden gem has the largest collection of old buildings in Europe and the beauty of this town also stems from the Lake Neusiedl or Lake Fertő. The medieval and Baroque style buildings act as the haven for people into architectural designs.
Some of the places of interests in this old town are the City center, Firewatch Tower, Széchenyi Square and Flag of Loyalty, Walls with the Roman origin, Kecskes Church, City Hall, Eggenberg House, Esterházy Palace, Two Moors” House, Storno House, Gambrinus House, Chemist’s Museum, Lábasház, Fabricius House, Taródi Castle.
9. Eger Castle
Eger Castle is another lovely tourist site. It is located in the town of Eger on the southern slopes of the Buk Mountains. It is also known as Egri vár. This castle once protected the gateway into the northern part of Hungary. The castle was constructed and reconstructed over years and the new construction resembled that of Italian Fortresses. One can see the ruins of the castle which was the remaining portions of what was left, after the war. The ruins provide a sense of strength and size of the fort.
10. Cathedral of St. Peter
Sts. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral Basilica or Szent Péter és Szent Pál székesegyház is located in the northwest corner of the Old Town of Pecs. It is commonly known as Pecs Cathedral. It is one of the historic attractions of Hungary. The site had an ancient Roman Burial chapel earlier. The cathedral has also suffered many battles and wars and has undergone many reconstructions. You can see many religious artifacts relating to Hungarian history, a number of graves from the Early Christian cemetery.
Also, nearby attractions include the Mosque of Yakovali Hassan Pasha and Szénchenyi tér, a medieval marketplace.
11. Visegrád Royal Palace
Hungary never ceases to amaze with its beautiful castles or even the ruins of the castles. Visegrád Royal Palace is one such beauty that is situated above the town of Visegrád in the Danube Bend. The palace located around 40 kilometers from Budapest is a very famous spot for tourists. The trip to the ruins of Visegrád Royal Palace and the old citadel can be easily made and will be a perfect experience for the traveler. The palace was initially built inn1316 under Charles I. Over years, the palace was rebuilt and is now one of the finest European architectural styles.
The palace provides a beautiful view of Danube and Danube bend.
12. The Buda Hills
Another stunning place to visit near Budapest is the ravishing Buda Hills. Having an election of more than 518 meters, the hill’s structure and cuts make it a perfect trail for walking or biking. The hiking trip can be much fun if you rent a bike that is available at many bike rental companies which can be easily found throughout the city. Another way to enjoy the hill is by taking a tram from Cog Railway and climb to the Széchenyi-hegy. From here either visit Huvösvölgy or climb up to the highest stop, János-hegy.
13. Aggtelek National Park and Caves
Baradla Cave is one of the most impressive and largest stalactite caves in Europe. The cave is protected by Aggtelek National Park or Aggteleki Nemzeti Park. These caves are located on the Slovak border. Covering the area of 200 square Km the cave is also the largest in the country. Parts of the cave is also the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Baradla Cave has 7 kilometer-long main tunnel. The passages of the caves were formed as a result of melting snow and rain eroding away the limestone, over thousands of years. The water-rich in minerals formed giant stalagmites and stalactites in beautiful shapes and various colors.
The other highlights of the park are: you can take tours of ecology, zoology, and botanical, or explore the village of Jósvafo. Other caves that opened nearby are Imre Vass Cave, the Béke Cave, and the Rákóczi Cave.
14. Lake Balaton
Lake Balaton is one of the most famous tourist destinations. The lake is also the largest lake in Central Europe. The towns around the lake add to the beauty of it.
The towns also provide great tourists attraction. Lake Balaton is located in Western Hungary and its 197m shoreline caters to the need of tourists.
You can find beaches, resort towns, wetlands, National Park, hiking trails, volcanic hills, and high-rise hotels along its shoreline. Balaton is known for a major wine-producing region of the country. Visit another charming tow, Keszthely located along the lake.
Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county in Northern Hungary homes a beautiful town, Tokaj. The town is famous for its dessert wine Tokaji Aszu. The wine is famous in the whole of Europe and is the oldest dessert wine in the world. If you are into wine tasting, you should surely visit this town for having a taste of perfect wine.
The town does not only look after your wine fantasy but also provides some picturesque view. The surrounding lush green, museums and stunning views of lakes will keep you refreshed. Some of the places you can step in are Kopasz Hill, Tokaj Museum, Bedrock, Tokaj-Bodrogzug Landscape Protection Area.
16. Great Market Hall, Budapest
If you are looking to shop for some daily items then this is a place for you. It is a well-known market area in Budapest, Hungary. It is also known as Central Market Hall or just Market Hall. It is a multi-story market having a Neolithic architectural design which is another fascinating part of it. The ground floor has vegetables, fruits, and meats. Fresh fishes and other miscellaneous shops are in the basement and the top floors have cafés where you can chill. The market is closed on Sundays.
17. The Dohány Street Synagogue
This is one of the world-famous synagogues and the largest synagogues in Hungary. The place was destroyed during World War II but later restored in the 1990s. It consists of the Great Synagogue, the graveyard, the Heroes’ Temple, the Memorial, and the Jewish Museum. Dohány Street itself carries the willow memorial, whose leaves bear the names of missing Jewish population or Budapest’s deceased.
18. Cave Bath, Muskolc-Tapolca
The Cave Bath is a very beautiful place to visit if you want to have some quality time with yourself. The place is located at Miskolc-Tapolca, Hungary.
The cave bath is a thermal spa bath system where you can enjoy the rich mineral water falling on your body. You can take a dip or swim in the pool water which sits at a constant temperature of 30C. The Waters is considered to be good for body health. Lots of visitors visit here to spend some amazing time in the cave system bath.
Other attractions also include small pool and other spa treatments.
19. Mosque of Pasha Qasim, Pécs
This building was built during the 16th Century and now serves as a great tourist spot. It was made during the control of the Ottoman Empire. Formerly it was a mosque but later the minaret was removed to use it as a Roman Catholic Church.
You can still see Koran inscriptions in certain parts of the building. The Turkish architectural style building has a beautiful Christian symbol to look at. It is closed for visitors during religious ceremonies.
20. Gödöllő Palace
Hungary is known for palaces, castles, and many other such beauties. One such beautiful palace to visit is Gödöllő Palace. It was built in the 18th century. The place was later used as the summer home of the ruler of Austro-Hungary, Franz Joseph I, and his wife Elisabeth.
The parts of the palace are open for visitors which serve as a treat for travelers.
21. Necropolis of Sopianae, Pécs
Another World Heritage site by UNESCO is the Necropolis of Sopianae in Hungary. Earlier during the 4th century, it was a significant Christian stronghold for the Roman Empire. The place exhibits a mixture of Christian and Roman influences.
Interesting things to marvel at Necropolis of Sopianae are the painted frescos and sarcophaguses and collections of tombs.
22. Pannonhalma Archabbey
In 996, Pannonhalma Archabbey was found in Hungary which now serves as a great tourist place in Hungary. The Communist authoritative confiscated the vineyards of the monks here but in present time monks have resurrected their wine-making tradition. The abbey is a home of 50 monks and the site also has a theology college and boys boarding school. The highlight of the abbey is that the archives have Hungary’s oldest documents and the oldest known written Hungarian text.
23. Sziget Festival, Budapest
Sziget Festival is one of the world-famous festivals that call tourists from across the world. The festival holds a special value along with Hungarians. The festival takes place in Óbudai-Sziget island in the middle of the River Danube. The festival comprises different musical acts in a variety of musical genres.
If you are in Hungary during the time of this festival, Grab your tickets as soon as you can. Some of the major international bands have performed in this festival; Iron Maiden, The Killers, Blink 182, Prince Macklemore, and 2 Many Dj’s.
24. Hollókő Village
Hollókő Village has unique architecture, cultural heritage, and traditions that make it come under the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The people in the village belonged to the ethnic group called Palôcz. They are known to have inhabited the village region for years. They have worked and preserved their traditional lifestyle. Village people still practice many such traditional practices.
If you want to see the unique and antique style of living, culture, traditions you should visit this village. You can also get to see the farming styles done in the 18-19th century way.
25. Great Church, Debrecen
Great Church of Debrecen is Hungary’s largest Protestant church. This place of worship acts as a symbol of Protestantism in the country. Built-in the 19th century, the church possesses a unique architectural design. Earlier an example of neoclassical structure, the church has elements of Baroque added later on the tower roofs.
One can climb up to 210 steps of West Tower to watch the amazing views of the city. The other highlight of this church is The Rákóczi Bell of West Tower, weighing 5 tonnes is the largest bell of the country.
26. Gate of Faith, Sopron
The Gate of Faith or commonly known as “loyalty gate” is the Baroque door frame in Sopron, Hungary. The sculpture lies at the bottom of the symbol of Sopron, Firewatch Tower, which is another tourist attraction. The gate exhibits the Sopron people paying homage to the anthropomorphized figure of Hungaria.
You can also climb up to 200 spiral step case to the Firetower watch above the gate, the tower provides magnificent views of the city.
27. Memento Park, Budapest
Memento Park located on the outskirts of Budapest is an amazing museum park. The park complex has many Communist monuments and statues of early time.
The park was opened in 1993 to public visitation. The museum is formed by the statues that were brought by the public after the fall down of the Communist Regime. They were kept there as no one had any idea about what to do with them. Now, they represent a great history. The small museum inside the park consists of information about life under the communist regime.
28. Budapest Pinball Museum
The Budapest Pinball Museum is another tourist site in Hungary. It is located in the Radnóti Miklós region. The place is called to be an addictive place as everyone wants to visit here again and again.
As the name, the museum is solely dedicated to pinball. If you love the pinball game, you must visit here for sure. Visitors can see the vintage pinball machines and can also play in the new and antique machines.
29. Szechenyi Baths and Pool
If you are looking for relaxation time in Hungary, you can definitely visit Szechenyi Baths and Pool. The pool was established back in 1913 and is a fun spot in Budapest. It is one of the largest spa baths in the whole of Europe. It has 15 indoor baths and 3 outdoor grand pools.
It is a kind of medicinal having water supply from two thermal springs having a temperature of 74℃ and 77℃. The water contains calcium, sulfate, magnesium, bicarbonate, a considerable amount of metaboric acid, and fluoride. The Waters are known to cure and relax chronic arthritis, spinal diseases. You can indulge in a neck shower, rolling corridor, underwater bubbling, etc.
30. Veszprém Zoo
In the year 1958, Veszprem Zoo was established. Situated around 15km from Lake Balaton, this zoo is a good place to visit in Hungary. The atmosphere and diverse range of wildlife is the essence of the zoo. You can see Pandas, Bears, Zebras, Half Monkeys, Baboons, and many other species of animals. The place is also a fine to visit the site for children as it has a great playground attached to it.
31. Bukk National Park
Bukk National Park is considered as the largest national park in Hungary. It is spread over the area of 431,300 hectares. The park is one such delight to eyes with surrounding mountainous and forested terrain. It is one of the famous vacation spots. About 97% if the area is covered with trees and is a home of around 90 species of birds (endangered), variety of plant and animal life.
You can also visit many cases that are present in the park one such longest and the deepest cave of Hungary is Istvánlápa.
Hungary is a place where you can get to see beautiful architectural buildings anywhere. One such economic and industrial hub of the country is Gyor. The city has been a great tourist site for a long providing many sights. You can come to this city and spend quality time. You can visit this city for a wonderful experience in the museums, cafés, and baroque architectural buildings. As the city is located on the banks of Rába, Rábca, and Danube, the city becomes more beautiful to tour.
Kaposvar is a town in Hungary and is said to be built on seven hills like the beautiful cities of Rome and Lisbon. The town posses exquisite beauty and is a sight for sore eyes. It has plenty of cultural and historical attractions. The best part of this town is that it does not entertain traffic in any way.
If you are visiting this town of Hungary, you can witness many attractions: The Town Hall, Hotel Erzsébet, Kossuth Square, Nagyboldogasszony Cathedral, City Park, and Lake Deseda.
34. Kiskunsag National Park
The Kiskunsag National park is located in Danube–Tisza Interfluve. The park covers an area of 570 square kilometers and is declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. It is divided into 9 separate areas. Kiskunság’s Puszta is a place where annual events take place. Lake Kolon is famous for having herons, marsh tortoises, 9 species of orchids.
Fülöpháza has sand dunes that are believed to shift with favorable wind conditions. Kecskemét is also known as “House of Nature” which is the main visitor center.
35. Lake Tisza
Lake Tisza is located in the middle of the Great Hungarian Plain. The Tisza was created in the 1990s and is one of the largest man-made lakes. The lake was created by the damming of the Tisza River. The lake is one of the famous tourist destinations. If you are visiting Lake Tisza you can enjoy many activities along the shores of the lake. One can enjoy watching the beauty of the lake, rent kayaks, boats, and other water sports equipment to dwelling into the serenity of the place. Powerboats and skiing are also available for this lake and is considered rare in Europe.
The 16 islands and 10 water channels of the lake make it a place to visit to explore many different beauties all in one place.
36. Orseg National Park
Orseg National park is a National Park in Hungary. It is located near to the borders of Austria and Slovenia. The park was established in 2002 and is spread over the area of 110,000 acres. The word Őrség means ‘watch post’ taken from the Magyars. The park is a beauty and has forests, streams, and orchards fields. You can also see a variety of birds, butterflies, and dragonflies.
The villages have pottery buisness that are other highlights of the place. You can also hire guides to take a tour of this park.
Hévíz is a spa town and is located near Lake Hévíz. It is the 2nd largest thermal lake in the whole world. The town’s main attraction is Lake Hévíz and is said to have healing properties. The town has many fun and recreational activities for its visitors. You can take a bath in the lake or can go to some of the wellness spas. Mud Bath, Weight Baths, Medicinal Mud Baths, Mud Wraps are some of the therapies you can have at the spas here.
Other highlights of this place are: pedestrian street markets and farmer’s market.
Siofok is located in Hungary and is a popular summer destination. It gathers a huge number of audiences during the summers. Located on the southern shore of Lake Balaton this place is a must-visit for the tourists.
The town has multiple places to visit and explore the area. Many such places in Siofok you can wander around are the Water tower, the Great Church, and the Mineral Museum. The primary attractions here are the beaches where people mostly visit to spend some quality time near the lake. The Petofi walkway is the best place to explore the nightlife of Hungarians. One can visit many bars, cafés, and restaurants that are here along the shoreline of the lake.
Other highlights of this place are music and entertainment performances during the day on the beach.
Located on the edge of Zala Hills, Zalaegerszeg proves to be a stunning popular destination for tourists. The town provides a perfect place to spend some time in the fresh air.
The town as a whole is a must-visit place to explore many other places that serve as a tourist’s attraction in itself. The town is home of Sándor Hevesi Theater, Fountain decorated with a Göcseji Tulip, the clock tower of Mary Magdalen Church, and the Göcseji Village Museum.
All these places are known to have many interesting facts and antiques that make it a must-visit place in Hungary.
40. Balaton Uplands National Park
The National Park was created in the year 1997. It covers the area of 57,000 hectares. Located near the Lake Balaton, the park homes a wide variety of plant and animal species. The Balaton Uplands National Park is divided into 6 areas filled with beauty. Other attractions of the park include boating in Cave Lake in the Tapolca Basin, Bakony-Balaton Geopark, and Kányavár Island.