Where Should You Go in Hungary?
Statuesque castles’, stunning lakes, extraordinary caves, thick forests, and magnificent churches, Hungary is more than just its glittering capital ‘Budapest’. The myriad places to visit in Hungary are fast turning one of the most popular countries in Eastern Europe into a hot and happening tourist destination. The country has been heavily influenced by its conquerors, which is evident in its interesting architecture and culture.
1. Budapest – The shining capital of Hungary
Budapest is one of the must-visit places to visit in Hungary to understand the country’s history and progress in the modern times. Historic & ancient buildings stand regally alongside the modern architectural wonders. No wonder, the length of Banks of the Danube River, Royal Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It’s also a paradise for foodies. In fact, other than Hungarian cuisine, you’re sure to find a lot of Indian restaurants in Budapest.
2. Szentendre – An artistic getaway in a quaint town
Szentendre or St. Andrews is a mere 20 KM away from the city of Budapest is one of the best places to visit near Budapest Hungary. The picturesque town is every tourist’s favourite and looks absolutely magical with cobbled streets lined with colorful Baroque houses. Lot of galleries, museums, and stores keep visitors occupied.
3. Eger – A town with a bloody history and blood-red wine
Located on the Eger River, Eger is one of the top places to visit in Hungary. Visitors witness the remnants of the Turkish invasion which influenced the architecture of the town. A short distance away is the Valley of Beautiful Women which produces Hungary’s best red wine known as ‘Bikaver’ or Bull’s Blood.
4. Esztergom – A peek into the history of Hungary
Esztergom is among the best places to visit in Hungary to see the influence of Christianity on the country. It has the largest church of Hungary – the Esztergom Basilica, and its museum has the largest collection of Christian relics. The city was also the capital of Hungary between the 10th and 13th centuries.
5. Debrecen – An expedition to the great grasslands of Hungary
Debrecen is among the popular places to visit in Hungary and is also the second largest city after Budapest. While it has a unique history of its own, it is more popular for being the gateway to the great plains of Hungary and especially as the base for a visit to the Hortobagy National Park.
6. Tihany – A historical village with picturesque views
Tihany is a tiny village located in the Lake Balaton region with a rich history. One of the top places to visit in Hungary outside Budapest, Tihany is known for its Abbey where the first records of Hungarian language are found! The functioning church is thronged by visitors throughout the year.
7. Lake Balaton – A sojourn into nature with lakes and forests
The Lake Balaton is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Hungary. The lake also dubbed as the Hungarian Sea has a long shoreline of 197 KM which is in fact circuited by a cycle path which visitors can cycle on! The lake is surrounded by resort towns and has beautiful forests especially in the Balaton Uplands National Park.
8. Aggtelek – A walk through mysterious caves
Aggtelek is a village that is the gateway to the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aggtelek and Slovak Karst. One of the most interesting places to visit in Hungary, Aggtelek’s Baradle Cave has the most stunning stalactite formations. Especially the cavern ‘Giant’s Hall’ is spectacular and a treat for nature lovers.
9. Lillafured – A hike up to the mountains
The Bukk Mountains are one of the most beautiful places to visit in Hungary. Lillafured is the perfect place as a base to visit the Bukk National Park. The park has more than 1,000 caves, beautiful freshwater lakes, and thick woods ideal for hiking. The Lillafured waterfall is also the highest waterfall in Hungary.
10. Sopron – Wander in an ancient city with a colourful history
Sopron has witnessed history through the ages and one of the most historic places to visit in Hungary Europe. It settled by the Celts, Romans, Germans, Avars, Slavs, and Magyars, each of whom left their imprint on the culture and architecture of the city. While the city has expanded, its inner town, Belvaros, is still charming and a delight to wander.