Do you want to discover a country rich in tourist attractions, combining nature, history, relaxation and gastronomy? Come and visit the 13 most beautiful places in Hungary!
Hungary is only 1,500 km from Paris and yet it promises you a complete change of scenery. This Central European country is full of treasures and activities of all kinds. Its architectural beauty, breathtaking scenery, local cuisine based on paprika, wines and world-famous thermal baths make it a unique destination.
If you have chosen to visit Hungary, you will have the chance to discover many of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Budapest, the capital city, is undoubtedly a city full of charm that is sure to seduce you. The Pearl of the Danube, as it is known, attracts more and more visitors every year.
Hungary is divided into four distinct and completely different regions, which is why it is advisable to visit them all. The large city of Budapest on one side, the Lake Balaton region on the other, as well as the Great Plain and the northeast with its wine route and picturesque villages.
In order to prepare your stay, here is the list of the 13 most beautiful places to visit in Hungary!
1- The Budapest Parliament
Located on the eastern bank of the Danube, the Parliament is the most imposing building in Budapest and the largest in Europe. Its grand staircase, dome and National Assembly Hall make it an exceptional building. Not to mention its 40 kg of gold. Raise your head and admire the sumptuous decorations on the ceiling.
At nightfall, the Parliament lights up in a beautiful golden colour, reflecting on the Danube. You will also discover the St. Stephen’s Crown, which is heavily protected by Hungarian guards. Are you curious why the crown cross is tilted? You’ll have the answer when you visit Hungary and its Parliament.
2- The Palace of Buda Castle
To visit this historical monument « a UNESCO World Heritage Site » you have to climb to the top of Buda Hill on the western bank of the Danube. Inside, there are two museums: the Hungarian National Gallery and the Historical Museum of Budapest. You can also get lost in the labyrinth of the castle, carved out by the hot spring water. A unique experience that hides many treasures.
3- The thermal baths
How can you visit Hungary without taking a relaxing break in the city baths? An obligatory part of your stay, there is no shortage of thermal baths in the country as there are nearly 300 thermal springs that can reach a temperature of 80°C. Every day, tourists and locals alike take the opportunity to relieve their ailments or relax in these gigantic baths of Rudas, Gellért and Széchenyi. So don’t forget your bathing suit, flip-flops and towel.
4- The Fisherman’s Bastion
If you want to visit Hungary and its capital, a stop at the Fishermen’s Bastion is a must. For the small explanation, the construction of this neo-Romanesque monument ended in 1902 and was built in honour of the fishermen who protected the area. The seven turrets represent the seven founding tribal chiefs of Hungary. To take the most beautiful pictures of Budapest, it is on this belvedere that you have to go.
5- The Chain Bridge
One cannot talk about Hungary without mentioning the famous Chain Bridge. Over the Danube, it connects the two sides of the city, formerly known as Buda and Pest.
In those days, those who wanted to cross did so by boat or on foot, when the river was frozen. Now you can enjoy an exceptional view, especially when it sparkles at night. If you are going to visit Hungary with children, this is one of their favourite attractions.
6- The Great Synagogue of Budapest
The Great Synagogue of Budapest is one of the must-see places in Budapest as it is the third largest synagogue in the world after New York and Jerusalem. Of Moorish architectural style, it is as sublime from the inside as it is from the outside, with its rich decoration and perfectly executed details.
7- Lake Balaton
Visiting Hungary also means discovering the different regions of the country, starting with Lake Balaton in the west. This is the largest lake in Hungary, nicknamed the Little Hungarian Sea, only one hour from Budapest.
Between beaches, discos and innumerable leisure activities, entertainment and idleness promise to be at the « rendezvous ». For more peace and quiet, you will appreciate walks, authentic lakeside villages and a visit to the Festetics Palace and its marzipan museum.
To discover Szeged, you have to go to the south of Hungary, to the Great Plain region. It is 170 km from Budapest and enjoys a sunny climate, close to the border with Serbia and Romania.
One goes there for its cultural richness, its cathedral, its Grôf Palator, its new synagogue or its gastronomy. To visit Hungary in all its forms, try Goulash soup or Pick’s spicy salami fish soup.
9- Hortobágy National Park
For all lovers of nature and authenticity, Hortobágy National Park can hardly do better.
In the west of the country and just two hours from the Hungarian capital, you arrive in an agricultural region with fields as far as the eye can see. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will be pleasantly surprised by the animal demonstrations, as well as by the tasting of typical paprika dishes.
10- The wine route
If you are a lover of good wine, Hungary is a must-see destination in Europe. Although vineyards can be found all over the country, the best known wine region is Tokaj, in the north-east of Hungary. This is where the famous sweet wine Tokaj, or Wine of Kings, comes from. There is also Eger, located nearby, where you can taste the famous red wine Egri Bikaver (Bull’s Blood).
Hollókó is a typical small village, which has kept its authenticity and incredible charm. It is not for nothing that it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To walk through the old part of the village and discover the Hungarian folklore, with traditional costumes, you have to travel 100 km above Budapest. You will see, you will feel a strange sensation, as if you had gone back in time.
12- The Visegrad Fortress
Overlooking the Danube, the Visegrad Fortress is only 30 km north of Budapest. From the top of the hill you have a breathtaking view of the Danube bend, which takes the form of a zigzag.
This tourist spot with its citadel is also known as the Cloud Castle because of its height of 350 metres above the river. The exhibitions inside are devoted to the history of Hungary during the period of royalty. Take advantage of being in the area to visit Esztergom and its basilica, as well as Szentendre, the artists’ village.
Heading southwest, make a short detour to the city of Pécs, famous for its cultural richness. Museums, mosques and an early Christian necropolis listed by Unesco, the two-hour drive is well worth it. Being also a university town, you can enjoy the lively nightlife with its bars and clubs.