tOP PLACES TO VISIT
People’s most loved places to visit in Hungary. Make sure they are on your check list
Buda Castle, Budapest
When you first look at the magnificent Buda Castle (Budavári Palota) in Budapest, you can understand why so many people consider the city the “Paris of the East.” In terms of its majestic dimensions and exquisite architecture, this magnificent historical landmark-now a UNESCO World Heritage Site-ranks up there with Versailles. This newer building, built on the site of a palace demolished during the Siege of 1686, was reconstructed for the Habsburg monarchy in the 18th century and includes more than 200 rooms.a
The magnificent Danube River flows from north to south through Hungary, and breaks the city in two as it passes through Budapest. The Freedom Bridge, a favoured spot for locals, is one of the best sunset views of the river and of both Buda and Pest. The Danube Bend, one of the most popular leisure and excursion spots in the world, is another great place from which to view this majestic river. This is where the river snakes its way through the Visegrád Mountains, which are densely wooded.
Historic Spa Towns
Hungary definitely delivers if you’re looking for a holiday that blends some down time with a rich cultural experience. Throughout the region, there are many historic spa towns and facilities offering everything from simple bathing in regenerative waters to longer stays in beautiful spa resorts. More than 2,000 years ago, the reputation of Hungary for its hot springs and baths dates back to the time of the Romans, who highly regarded the healing effects of Hungarian thermal waters.
The magnificent building that is Esztergom Basilica is well worth the 46-kilometer journey from Budapest, commanding the attractive skyline of one of the oldest Hungarian cities. This impressive Catholic church, officially named the Primatial Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed Into Heaven and St. Adalbert, overlooking the Danube River on Castle Hill, was built in 1507 and is not only the largest religious structure in the world, it is also the highest, with its enormous dome stretching 100m into the air.