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Vác

Known as the 'City of Churches', Vác is a pretty Baroque town on the east bank of the Danube Bend. The cultural and commercial centre of the left side of the river, Vác is a popular tourist destination in Hungary, especially as a day trip from Budapest, but despite its many attractions and charms it is still less crowded than some of the other famous towns on the Danube Bend, which is another advantage. The stunning cathedral, founded by the first Hungarian King, St Stephen, is the most popular attraction in Vác, though there are many other sites to visit. A more macabre attraction is the Memento Mori Crypt, which houses a number of naturally mummified corpses and the incredibly well-preserved clothes and decorated coffins belonging to them; the Memento Mori Crypt is a very famous archaeological discovery which has enabled several breakthroughs in science and ethnography and the crypt is listed as a World Heritage Site. Vác also has a wonderful pedestrianised town square, surrounded by colourful buildings, and a splendid promenade along the Danube River where visitors can enjoy a stroll and an ice-cream. The village is easily and quickly reached from Budapest and is one of the more accessible towns in the region.