Hungary is rich in history and culture, which is reflected in numerous beautiful and historic towns and cities that can be found throughout the country. These towns offer visitors the chance to explore the past and experience the charm and beauty of Hungary. Take a look at some stunning historic towns and cities we have garnered for you.
There are hardly any other towns in the country with a centre as charming and beautiful as Kőszeg. Walking through the streets of this town lined with Baroque buildings is an easy way to get a taste of a bygone era. The historic town centre is home to the town’s most famous landmark, the Jurisics Castle. The castle was named after captain Miklós Jurisics, who led the defence against the Turkish army in the 16th century. The daily ringing of the bell at 11 am serves as a reminder of the Hungarian army’s victory over the Turkish forces.
The town, located just a few kilometres from Budapest, has been an extremely popular tourist destination for years. Its history dates back to ancient times, as it was inhabited even before the Romans. Based on written records from the 12th century, it is known that kings used Szentendre as a court residence. In the 16th century, many Serbs settled in the town as they fled the Turkish invaders. The Serbian imprint is still visible in the present-day townscape. The charming little houses found in the town centre today are a legacy of their time here.
However, it is not just the charming buildings in the downtown area that attract tourists to the town. The Szentendre Open-Air Museum, known as the Szentendre Skanzen, is also a popular destination. It displays the Hungarian folk architecture and lifestyle from the 18th to 20th centuries. Additionally, the museum showcases the traditions of different regions of the country, too.
The main attraction of Sárvár is the Nádasdy Castle. The castle was mentioned in written medieval records as early as the 13th century, but back then it was called Sárvár. The town was, therefore, named after the castle. The name Nádasdy comes from the Nádasdy family, who reconstructed the castle in the 1560s, giving it its present Renaissance appearance.
Since then, the castle has become a symbol of the town, and the Nádasdy Ferenc Museum in the castle offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of the town and the castle, and to visit the Knights’ Hall of the castle.
In addition to the castle, Kossuth Square, the main square of the town is also worth a visit. One of the square’s most popular attractions is the fountain, which usually entertains visitors with a light and sound show.
Esztergom is teeming with sights and attractions. The city was the capital of the country between the 11th and 12th centuries. It also became a very important religious centre after the first Hungarian king, Saint Stephen, was baptised here. Moreover, as the seat of the Archbishop is in Esztergom, the city is the centre of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary.
One of the most notable attractions here is the Esztergom Basilica, which is one of the tallest buildings in the country. The basilica also serves as a symbol of the city.
In its neighbourhood is the Esztergom Castle, once the seat of the Hungarian kings, now a museum.
Source: sarvar.hu, ilovedunakanyar.hu, koszeginfo.com, infoesztergom.hu