Of course, Hungary cannot compare in popularity with tourists to such recognized leaders as Spain, Italy and France. However, this injustice is easy to correct, because visiting Hungary once, you will definitely want to come back again!
What to do in Hungary? To live or at least go on an excursion to one of the many medieval castles, of which there are more than 4.5 thousand in this country! Be sure to visit the Marzipan Museum in the suburbs of Budapest, as well as one of the local museums dedicated to the long history of winemaking in this country.
In addition, in Hungary every year there are numerous carnivals and festivals, known for their cheerful atmosphere and original traditions. Equestrian tourism is also popular in the country - there are many stables where you can rent an obedient horse and ride one of the tourist routes.
Be sure to set aside a day to visit the flea market, where among the collapse of goods you can find a real treasure! In Hungary there are also resorts with thermal springs and baths, where you can not only relax, but also improve your health. This country is also known as the birthplace of Dracula, the most famous vampire in the world, whose prototype was the local prince, famous for his bloodthirstiness. Lovers of untouched nature can go to the national park, for example, in the largest floodplain forest of Europe - Gemenz. We are sure that a trip to Hungary will not disappoint you, but while you are packing your bags, we will tell you about the most famous sights of this country.
What to see in Hungary?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
1. The building of the Hungarian Parliament
The largest building in Hungary and a business card of Budapest. Today, excursions are held on 691 premises of the parliament building, including in Russian. All rooms of the parliament are decorated in a lush, medieval style, and the building itself is striking in its grandeur and original combination of such different styles of architecture as neo-Gothic and Parisian Beaux Arts.
2. Basilica of St. Adalbert
This is the main Catholic church in Hungary, located in Esztergom. From afar, the cathedral looks more like a stately government building with a dome. However, this is the church, the largest and highest in the country. The Basilica of St. Adalbert is famous for its marble columns, statues, rich mosaics and colorful frescoes.
3. Secheni Chain Bridge
This chain bridge connecting Buda and Pest was the first such permanent structure built on the Danube River. Powerful lions meet travelers at the entrance to the bridge, and the bulls of the bridge are distinguished by unusual lighting and look especially beautiful in the evenings. For more than 150 years, Secheni Bridge has been doing an excellent job with its main function - connecting the two banks of the Danube and two parts of Budapest.
4. Vysehrad Fortress
The small town of Vysehrad is located north of Budapest, and he had every chance to remain one of the many settlements unknown to tourists. However, even the ancient Romans erected a fortress here, which was then used for protection during the invasions of the Tatars and Ottoman troops. The Vysehrad fortress was glorified by its wine cellars and the most famous prisoner - Vlad Tepes, aka Dracula.
5. Lake Balaton
The largest lake in all of Central Europe and the most famous resort in Hungary. On the shores of the lake there are many hotels and hotels, several mineral and thermal springs come out here. Lake Balaton is also famous for its excellent fishing. It is shipping, so a trip on a yacht will give you a lot of pleasure.
6. Thermal spa Miskolc-Tapolca
This resort is one of a kind, as it is not in a man-made building, but in a cave created by nature itself. Of course, it was slightly ennobled to create the most comfortable conditions for vacationers. The Miskolc-Tapolca resort is not only an excellent swimming pool with healthy mineral water, but also a beautiful beech forest with a park.
7. The historical center of Sopron
The entire historic center of Sopron is a monument of architecture, moreover, designed in the same style - Austrian Baroque. Here are several old churches, no less ancient synagogue and fire tower. The heart of the city is the central square, completely surrounded by ancient houses, many of which have become museums.
8. Hungarian State Opera House
The richly decorated neo-Renaissance building immediately catches the eye. Even if you are not a fan of opera, visit this theater to see its luxurious decoration, sculptures, paintings and ornaments. In terms of acoustics, the Hungarian State Opera House is second only to the Paris Opera and Milan La Scala.
9. Benedictine monastery of Pannonhalma
The oldest monastery in Hungary, founded back in 996. Now included in the UNESCO list, it remains the current monastery of the Order of the Benedictines, so only part of the premises is open to tourists. There are always many pilgrims and visitors to the country. In addition, the monastery has a college for boys and the largest non-state library in the country.
10. Hevis Thermal Lake
This is the largest thermal lake in Europe. It is noteworthy that due to the huge flow of water, the lake is almost completely updated every day. In the mineral-rich waters of Lake Hevis there are always many who wish to improve their health. Its thermal waters are especially useful for patients with radiculitis, gout, and those suffering from joint pain.
11. The Royal Palace in Gödöll
The city of Gödöllö is only thirty minutes from Budapest and is famous for its magnificent royal palace, for which crowds of tourists come here. The palace, built in the 18th century, is perfectly preserved and today is a museum complex. It is interesting for its imperial interiors and magnificent decoration.
12. Buda Castle (Buda Castle)
This powerful medieval castle, almost destroyed during the battles of World War II, was carefully restored and today is the cultural center of Budapest. Here are the House of Hungarian Wines, the National Library, the Museum of History, the Hungarian National Gallery and a number of historical buildings.
13. Aggtelek National Park
This is a sample of the karst region with numerous caves, calcareous cliffs, rivers and gorges. It is in Aggtelek that the largest stalactite cave in Europe is located - Baradla. In many kilometers of interweaving of underground passages and labyrinths, you can get lost, so it is better to visit Aggtelek's caves with an experienced guide.
14. The village of Hollokö
This village, in which only 465 people live, has turned into a real ethnic open-air museum. People come here to see how the Hungarians lived many years ago, and to buy souvenirs made by local craftsmen. It is noteworthy that the residents of the village of Holloko do not play a role in front of tourists - they really live that way, preserving their traditions and crafts.
15. Szechenyi Bath
This is a bathhouse, or rather, the largest bath complex in Europe. In appearance - a real palace with a dome and turrets. Szechenyi baths have long been one of the attractions of Budapest. People come here not just to wash, but to swim in outdoor pools, use the very healthy baths with thermal water and see the rich decoration of the rooms.
16. Tihany Village
This small village is located on the peninsula of the same name, on Lake Balaton. The places here are incredibly picturesque, the peninsula itself is recognized as a protected area. Tihany village is a very calm, green, comfortable resort, the “pearl of Balaton", which is also located only 140 kilometers from Budapest.
17. Basilica of St. Stephen
The largest catholic temple in Budapest. It looks quite strict and very majestic, but inside it pleases the eye with a lavish finish with gilding, beautiful mosaics, beautiful stained glass windows, bronze bas-reliefs and a statue of St. Stephen. The relics of its patron are kept in the cathedral, in honor of which the procession is held annually.
18. Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul (Pecs)
Business card of the city of Pecs. This cathedral looks very unusual - four towers in the corners make it look more like a castle or a mosque. However, it is a Roman Catholic cathedral, which has been rebuilt several times since 1064. True, this building still visited a mosque - during the Turkish rule.
19. Bend of the Danube (Visegrad)
The Danube Bend is rightfully considered the most picturesque area of Hungary. Traveling in this region of the country usually starts from Visegrad, which is the ancient capital of the country. Here you can see the royal palace, the ruins of a medieval fortress, the Air Castle, the museum of King Matthias Corvin, as well as the tower of Chalamon.
20. Park Varoshliget
Favorite place for walking and recreation of Budapest and guests of the city. In Varoshgilet park you can visit zoological and botanical parks, the Museum of Fine Arts, an amusement park, the Museum of Transport, Vaidakhunyat Castle, the Gundel restaurant, the Budapest circus, as well as the famous Secheni baths. The park has several artificial lakes.
This wonderful lake, spread on the Middle Danube plain, is the largest in Central Europe, and the Hungarians lovingly call it the "Pearl of the country."
The lake is the country's most important resort, and the oldest city on its coast is the town of Keszthely, leading its history from the beginning of the XIII century. There is also the Tihany Peninsula, amazing in its natural beauty.
Numerous mineral and thermal springs stretch along the shores, and therefore this place is especially popular among people who want to improve their health.
By the way, about the most beautiful lakes in the world on most-beauty.ru there is an interesting article with many photos.
The first citadel on the site of the modern Castle in the Hungarian capital was built by King Bela IV in the middle of the 13th century.
The dome of the majestic castle on Mount Gellert can be seen from anywhere in Budapest. Initially, the fortress protected the Hungarian tribes from the raids of the Tatar-Mongol warriors, and then became the residence of the Hungarian kings.
A similar castle was located in the city of Vysehrad, but was destroyed during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Now Buda Castle is one of the main attractions of the capital, which houses many museums and the National Library of Hungary.
In this article, we intentionally will no longer write about the sights of Budapest, because we have a separate article devoted to this topic.
On the Fortress Hill of the Hungarian city of Veszprem, the majestic Episcopal Palace, erected in the 70s of the XVIII century, rises above the historical part.
The author of the project was architect Fellner, and they built a residence for Bishop Ignaz Koller. Built from white marble in the Baroque style, the building became a real decoration of the Hungarian city.
The facade is decorated with numerous sculptural compositions, including figures of angels supporting large vases with beautiful flowers placed on the pediment.
In the town of Godele is one of the largest palace complexes in Europe, built in the first half of the XVIII century.
Count Antal Grashshalkovich I began construction in 1733, and it took 30 years to finish the monumental palace. Koroleva Maria Teresa, who visited the palace in 1751, was struck by its magnificence and decoration.
Built in Baroque style, the palace is very popular among tourists, and within its limits exhibitions, festivals, concerts of classical and popular music are held.
After the Tatar-Mongols destroyed the settlement of Eger, the bishop ordered the construction of a stone fortress, which would protect the local population from raids by nomads.
In 1552, the defenders of the fortress courageously repelled the numerous attacks of Turkish troops. Five weeks, 2 thousand Hungarians under the command of Istvan Dobo restrained the siege of 40 thousand Turks, and the enemy was forced to retreat.
Now it is a national museum, and tourists can get acquainted with the history of the fortress, visit the Istvan Dobo museum, towers and underground casemates.
Debrecen is famous not only for being the second most populated city in Hungary, but also for its many monuments of architecture and history.
Among the majestic buildings, the Reformed Cathedral, the largest Protestant cathedral in the country, stands out. It was here that the independence of Hungary was proclaimed.
The walls of the temple contain many historical artifacts, and in front of the building there is a luxurious park with places for relaxation and beautiful fountains.
Basilica of St. Adalbert
The main Catholic cathedral of Hungary, located in the city of Esztergom, today is the largest church in the country and one of the tallest buildings.
The cathedral, consecrated in honor of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary and St. Adalbert, dates back to 1001. Over a thousand-year history, it was rebuilt several times, and in 1856, residents saw a beautiful new cathedral, built by the project of Janos Pakkh.
The size of the basilica is amazing, as well as the luxurious interior. Here you can hear the sounds of a large ancient organ.
Fire tower of the town of Sopron
Arranged in the neo-Renaissance style, the fire tower rises above the town to a height of 60 m, and is considered one of Sopron's business cards.
The first tower was built in the XI century, using the remains of a Roman villa for the foundation. Over its long history, the tower has been rebuilt several times.
At the bottom are the “Gate of Fidelity” in memory of the 1921 referendum, when residents of the town voted to join Hungary in a referendum.
The town of Siofok is famous for the fact that the famous composer Imre Kalman was born here, in addition it is a popular Hungarian resort, and there is also a wonderful park.
The best masters of the country worked on the creation of natural landscapes, alleys and fountains, and therefore the park fascinates with its beauty and splendor. Admission is free, and the locals, like tourists, like to lie on the green lawns, or take a leisurely stroll along the shady alleys.
There is a monument to Imre Kalman in the center, and getting to the park is very easy, since there is a railway station nearby.
National Theater Miskolc
The beautiful theater, built in the style of Neo-Baroque and Classicism, was opened in 1857.
The first theater building appeared in 1819, but then it was decided to expand it, as a result of which a new building was practically built. In 1880, they reconstructed and attached a tower.
Not only theatrical performances are held on its stage, but also the annual Opera Festival, which brings together the best world stars of the opera scene.
Hungarian Szekesfehervar was first mentioned as an urban settlement under 972, and one of its attractions is the unique remains of a 11th-century basilica.
Archaeologists discovered it by excavating the historical part of the city. It was within the ancient cathedral that the Hungarian kings who ruled even before the Turkish occupation were buried.
The famous Ruin Garden is located on Coronation Square, and its name was given with a light hand to archaeologists who partially restored the foundation of the basilica.
One of the most beautiful and famous natural attractions is located near the town of Tatabanya on one of the slopes of Mount Gereche.
A cave was formed in a natural way as a result of the influence of water flows on rocks. Its length is 45 m, and the arches of some halls reach a height of 14 m.
In the cave, archaeological research was carried out as a result of which traces of primitive people were discovered.
The historic center of Gyor
If you believe the reviews of tourists, then visiting the Hungarian town of Gyor, as if you are in a different era.
Indeed, the city buildings of the 18th century, with beautiful residential buildings, churches and castles, were miraculously preserved here. The buildings are built in the style of classic Austrian baroque, and are original monuments of history and architecture.
Another notable detail is the numerous balconies of various shapes and sizes, which is why Gyor is called the “city of balconies”.
The ruins of Roman Savaria
In the historical center of one of the oldest Hungarian cities of Szombathely, there are unique ruins of the Roman settlement of Savaria.
The archaeological complex includes the remains of the temple of Isis, built in the III century, as well as the foundation and part of the walls of the early Christian basilica of the IV century.
Among other finds, it should be noted the remains of the imperial palace, public baths, artisan quarters. In the very center of the settlement, archaeologists explored the unique sanctuary of Mercury.
In the west of Hungary there is a mirror of a thermal lake, which got its name from the resort town of the same name.
The lake is especially a composition of water containing multiple mineral elements, including radon, potassium, iodine and other trace elements. The uniqueness is also due to the fact that thanks to underground sources, the composition of the lake water is updated every three days.
People from all over Europe come here suffering from diseases of the musculoskeletal system, nervous and cardiovascular systems.
About the most beautiful lakes in the world on our site there is a very colorful article.
The famous winemaking region of Europe Tokai has been known since 1550, and the region itself is famous for its unique vineyards and ancient wine cellars.
Part of the region with vineyards is located in Slovakia, and the Hungarian authorities, in cooperation with winemakers, are fighting for the uniqueness of the Tokaj brand.
In the XVII century, Tokai wines from the best white grapes became known in Russia.
Köseg, famous for its stone fortress, which was built in the 15th century, is located 220 km west of Budapest.
Initially, the monumental fortification belonged to the famous family of Garai. By their order, a magnificent tower was erected, on the ground floor of which a wine cellar was equipped.
There was a heroic episode in the history of the fortress, when a small detachment led by Miklos Yurishich stopped the passage of the Turkish army. In honor of this event, bells are beaten at 11 a.m. every day.
In 1903, under the city of Tapolca, geologists discovered a unique underground lake with a network of amazingly beautiful caves formed in the mainland.
On one of the streets of Tapolca is the entrance to the cave, and in order to go down to the lake you must go up the steps. Here you can not only see the beauty of the caves, but also ride a boat on the underground lake under the arches of the caves.
Part of the water comes to the surface, forming a small lake Small in the center of the city.
A small Hungarian town, located on the banks of the Rab River, is famous in Europe for its unique baths, and it is also a magnificent balneological resort.
The therapeutic bath is located in a beautiful forest zone just 500 m from the city center. Despite the many historical and cultural attractions, the town is famous for its healing waters.
People come here to improve their health, and doctors advise people with cardiovascular diseases, kidney diseases, and the gastrointestinal tract to visit the resort.
The ancient city of Pecs boasts a mild climate, as well as many cultural attractions. The early Christian mausoleum, the cathedral and the Pasha Gazi Kasim mosque, built by the Turks during the Ottoman Empire, are just some of the main attractions of this southern Hungarian city. And the early Christian necropolis, built here in the 4th century BC, is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It is difficult to stop at the twenty attractions declared in the title of the article. Let's go a little beyond the TOP-20 and imagine the next beautiful place in a beautiful country.
The Palok people are an ethnic minority known for their unique, well-preserved traditions. Hollokö is a small village in northeastern Hungary, 90 kilometers from Budapest. But the proximity of the practical capital has not changed the life and life of people. The village is a great place to study the traditions and lifestyle of the inhabitants. This is an ethnographic open-air museum where people live their daily lives. In 1987, the place was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Holloko guests can visit various museums, workshops, and simply admire the old buildings. Experienced tourists are advised to come here on Easter to enjoy the traditional celebration of Easter.
Not far from Budapest is the city of Szentendre, famous for its beautiful art. Here you can find many galleries and museums, and people who are far from art will find their charm in many cafes and bars.
Looking around the map of Hungary with sights, you can call it the country of majestic palaces and ancient castles. As you can see, in this amazing Eastern European country there is something to see, and the natural sights of Hungary are considered not only national, like Lake Balaton, but also a world heritage.
What to see in Hungary
Cultural sights of Hungary
The largest collection of works by Hungarian artists and sculptors, from the Middle Ages to the present, is kept in the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest.
One of the country's most famous museums is the House of Terror. The State Security Directorate was in this building on Andrássy Avenue, and now there are two expositions related to the tragic pages of the country's history: fascist and communist totalitarian regimes.
Different sides of the centuries-old cultural and historical heritage illuminate the expositions of the Budapest History Museum, the Aquincum Museum of Archeology, the largest Ethnographic Museum in Europe. You can supplement the general idea of the life and creative activities of Hungarians by visiting the Museum of Applied Arts and thematic exhibitions in the homes of famous writers and collectors.
The Hungarian State Opera - the main theater of the country and one of the best in the world - gained world recognition. The same scene is the main one for state ballet.
An important part of the country's culture is national cuisine. Fish soups and specialties of meat for the second, abundantly seasoned with paprika and onions, lecho, salami, fogash, Esterhazy cake and, of course, Tokai wine - these are the memorable tastes and smells of Hungary.
Sights of cities in Hungary
Budapest is one of the most luxurious European capitals: historical quarters, squares, fortresses, palaces, museums - here are the main attractions of Hungary and the most picturesque historical quarters. The key attractions on the tourist map of the capital are the Royal Palace, the parliament building, the Fisherman's Bastion, the bridge over Sechen, Varoshliget Park and Andrássy Avenue. The cultural and spiritual symbol of the city is the Basilica of St. Stephen. The Church of St. Matthias is striking in its beauty.
Visit Heviz is not only for the sake of recovery in the waters of the lake of the same name. With excursions or on your own you can see the most interesting sights of neighboring cities, which can be reached in just a few minutes: the Festetics Palace and the Palace Park, the Holy Trinity Column, the Museum of Lake Balaton in Keszthely, Sümega and Sigligeta Fortresses.
Balatonfured is a small resort town with beautiful old houses, many places for a relaxing stroll. In the central square of Diod you can try the mineral water from the pump room. Almost all buildings along its perimeter are architectural monuments of different historical periods. Interesting countryside attractions include Lotsi Cave, a national park, the ruins of St. Mihai's Church, which offers beautiful views of Lake Balaton and the city.
The oldest monastery in Hungary is the Benedictine Abbey in the city of Pannonhalm, the second largest in the world. The architectural ensemble of the abbey is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the monastery library is the largest non-state book depository in the country. The territory includes a botanical garden and a nursery.