When we travel to Hungary we expect a beautiful country with lots of history and monuments. Hungary is indeed all of the above.
This is millenarian nation in the center of Europe that after the fall of the Iron Curtain has developed to be one more of the European Community countries and at the same time keeping its heritage and customs.
We are describing here our Top Ten places to visit when visiting this friendly country.
Buda Castle in Budapest the Capital of Hungary
Located in Budapest the Capital of Hungary is also known as the Royal Palace. It was built and rebuilt during centuries to become what it is today, a 203 room castle hosting the Historical Museum and the National Art Gallery.
It is a 300 long building with its facade facing the Danube River from an altitude of 50 meters.
The surroundings feature many statues and monuments and fountains.
Adjacent to the Palace are located the National Library and two museums, the National Gallery and the Budapest
Lake Balaton a recreational lake in Hungary for locals and visitors
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Lake Balaton Hungary
This large lake in the interior of Hungary is also called the Hungarian Sea. Remember that Hungary is a landlocked country in the center of Europe.
This lake is a substitute for a coastline. It measures 78 km long by 15 km wide at its widest point covering a total of 600 sq km. It is indeed the largest body of fresh water in Europe.
Most of locals and many other Europeans spend here their summers evading the high temperatures in their countries.
On one side the lake is bordered by mountains and on the other side it is more developed for tourists, featuring high raisers, hotels and all kind of accommodations.
The lake is covered by shallow beaches, ideal for families with small children.
The Balaton is also great for adults.
There are many clubs, bars and restaurants with music and entertainment creating a great nightlife. In summary it is one of the most recognized Tourist Destinations in Hungary.
Hortobagy National Park
This UNESCO Heritage Site was declared a National Park in 1973.
This is the largest area protected National Park in Europe.
It consists of a large area of plains and wetlands that shows us the traditional form of using the land for agriculture and grazing of domestic animals.
Fisherman's Bastion on the hilly section of Buda in Budapest Hungary
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This landmark is located in the hilly Buda section of Budapest. Built in 1905 it was designed by Frigyes Schulek. It has seven towers in honor of the seven Magyar (Hungarian) tribes which came to where Hungary is now in 896.
The architecture of the towers is in Gothic and Romanesque styles. The view from this site is fabulous towards the other part of Budapest called Pest.
This boulevard which is the pride of Budapest is the most famous shopping section of the city. It features many restaurants, high fashion boutiques and theaters. Because of this the area is always full of people including tourists that know that when you visit Budapest, you shouldn’t miss this famous artery. It is 2.5 km long and connects Városliget or City Park with the downtown area. It starts at Hősök tere or Heroes Square and stretches all the way to St Stephens Basilica.
This site is also a UNESCO Heritage site since 2002, because its important cultural contribution to the city. Here you’ll find the Hungarian State Opera House, the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, or the Ballet Institute.
St Stephen's Basilica is Budapest's largest church
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St Stephen's Basilica
This Budapest’s largest church with a capacity of 8,500 is built in Neo-Classical style in 1905. It is one of the tallest buildings of the city.
The mummified fist of King Stepehen I, the patron of the city is displayed in the church. There is also a huge bell weighting 9 tons. Its sound spreads over the whole city. This is definitely a place to visit when in Budapest.
Shoes on the Danube Promenade
This memorial was created to remember those victims of World War II. The metal shoes are placed on the shore of the Danube to remind us of the people who were shot and later thrown into the river and help us prevent that such a horror never happens again.
There are about 60 pairs of iron shoes in a row of about 40 meters fused from actual shoes from shoes of the 1940’s
The Hungarian parliament on the shores of the Danube River
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This Neo-Gothic amazing building was completed in 1902 and represents one of the most significant architecture masterpieces of Budapest. I was created by Imre Steindl inspired by the House of Parliament in London. If you think the exterior is impressive, wait ultil you see the interior. It features amazing gothic style halls and the Holy Crown of Hungary.
Old Village of Hollókö
This village located near Budapest is an air museum appearing on the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites. It is being preserved in the style it was many years ago.
Each house offers different exhibitions ranging from museums, workshops and artifacts transporting us to the years when even agriculture was not well developed. Hollókö was developed mainly during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Caves of the Aggtelek and Slovak Karst in Hungary
Caves of the Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
This limestone plateau of about 55,000 hectares in size spreads over Hungary and neighboring Slovakia and is one of UNESCO Heritage sites. They are made of 712 caves forming an intricate group of karst cave system.
When you Travel to Hungary, make sure you allow enough time to visit this fabulous country in full. There is so much to see.
buda castle by ketsune misao
lake balaton n/a
fishermans bastion by bethnechin
st stephens basilica by jorge lascan