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What to see in Hungary

Hungary Attractions

As one of Europe's most fascinating countries, Hungary offers a wealth of sightseeing attractions. Visitors to beautiful Budapest marvel at its architecture, operas and music concerts, all the while taking in the romance of the Danube River and the capital's famed spa baths.

Budapest has many celebrated tourist attractions and is a useful transport hub for exploring the rest of the country. Tourists can visit Hévíz and soak in the world's second largest thermal lake, Gyógytó, or stop by Momento Park, one of the world's most bizarre attractions, where hundreds of giant statues are kept after being banished at the end of the communist era.

Also popular is a trip to Szentendre for a spot of shopping, and a visit to the old university town of Keszthely to enjoy the quaint tree-lined streets, trendy cafes and busy markets.

The best season to visit Hungary is in the summer, between April and September, when the days are long and the weather warm.

Most towns and cities in Hungary have reliable and affordable public transport, but the best way to see the country is to hire a car and experience it all at a leisurely pace.


Balatonfüred has been the most fashionable resort on Lake Balaton since the 18th century when the medicinal centre was established, with people still drawn to its healing…

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Buda Castle

Buda Castle is the royal complex of past Hungarian monarchs. Sitting atop Castle Hill in the picturesque Castle District of Buda, the royal palace was first inhabited by King Béla…

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Eger Castle

Eger Castle overlooks its town namesake and is one of the most popular and famous attractions in Hungary. The original buildings included a cathedral and the Bishop's Palace, dating…

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Esztergom combines captivating history with riverside charm. One of Hungary's most historically important towns, it was the capital for over 250 years and the birthplace of their…

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Fisherman’s Bastion

Built in 1905 on the medieval castle walls, the ramparts of the Fisherman's Bastion were so named after those whose duty it was to defend this side of the hill during the Middle…

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Lake Hévíz is the world's largest thermal lake, a most extraordinary sight with its huge milky blue surface covered in water lilies and steam. The warm water wells…

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Hungarian Parliament

On the bank of the Danube stands the beautiful Hungarian Parliament, an imposing sight and a prominent feature of the city skyline. With its red dome, white stone lace ornamentation…

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A 53-mile (86km) drive from Budapest, Kecskemét makes for a wonderful excursion. While this garden city is quite large, the place has a uniquely small-town charm. Walking…

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Keszthely is a university town settled during Roman times, enjoying trendy cafes, tree-lined streets and busy market areas. Its most important sight is the Festetics Palace, with…

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Memento Park

A popular yet bizarre attraction, Memento Park contains the giant figures of the communist era that once filled the streets of Budapest. Among them are the forms of Lenin, Marx…

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Szépasszony Valley (Valley of the Pretty Woman)

With its rolling vineyards and century-old cellars and taverns, Szépasszony Valley is a favourite attraction in Eger. Wine producers welcome visitors into their quaint old…

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Szentendre is a quaint old market town situated on the slopes of the Pilis Mountains. Meandering cobbled lanes, red-tiled roofs and brightly painted houses, along with small town…

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The Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum

Situated within the charming old Jewish Quarter of Pest, the Great Synagogue is one of the largest in the world. Its style is Byzantine-Moorish, with patterned brickwork in the…

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Vác is a pretty Baroque town on the east bank of the Danube Bend. Despite its many attractions and charms, it's wonderfully less crowded than some of the other famous towns…

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Situated on the loop of the Danube beneath steep hills, Visegrad was once a Roman stronghold on the border of the Roman Empire and the second home to Hungarian royalty in the 14th…

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