Hungary, located at the heart of Europe has several attractions.
Undoubtedly its biggest drawcard is its capital city Budapest. Did you know it is actually two cities?
Buda is on one side of the River Danube and Pest on the other. Here you will find sights such as Buda Castle, an 18th Century, 200 room structure built for the Hapsburg monarchy, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the impressive Szechenyi Chain Bridge.
Lovers of the outdoors will enjoy the hiking and cycle trails through the Visegrad Mountains or along the Danube Cycle Path, from where you can visit Kelemantia’s Roman fortress or traditional villages such as Szigetmonostor.
Lake Balaton is one of the country’s top resorts with some wonderful scenery. Some areas are closed to traffic, making it an ideal area to discover on foot along the many trails. You should make time to visit the 17th Century Benedictine Abbey while you are there; it is located in the tiny town of Tihany on a small peninsula.
The Caves of Lillafured in the Bukk Mountains are a spectacular sight within walking distance of the town itself. For a more challenging hike, go to the Szeleta Cave with relics discovered from the Ice Age including spears and arrows. You could also take a trip on the narrow gauge railway through the rugged mountain scenery.
Sopron, located close to the border with Austria has 240 protected buildings with some dating from medieval Europe. It is one of Europe’s largest collections of listed monuments; they are all within the Old Town’s medieval wall built on the site of the earlier Roman town.
Hungary is also a country of historic castles, palaces and churches. Eger Castle once protected the gateway into northern Hungary. Today you can visit the towers that remain as well as the ruins before visiting the picturesque town of Eger itself.
The fortified Old Town of Pecs is home to the Cathedral of St. Peter which was built in 1891. The original church built in 1009, was rebuilt in the 12th Century before being severely damaged during an attack by the Mongols. It was then a mosque and an arms store before its rebuild in the late 19th Century. The Visegrad Royal Palace was once one of Europe’s finest buildings when built in the early 14th Century. It is now mostly in ruins but a popular walking area 40km to the north of Budapest on the Danube Bend.
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