The most beautiful chapels of the Hungarian sea can be found next to wine yards, on top of mountains and in the middle of big open fields. Most of these buildings are related to some kind of legend or interesting story which makes them even more valuable and attractive for visitors. Here are our top five picks!

Szent Donát Chapel (Balatonlelle)

This small Baroque-style chapel was built to honour Donatos of Arezzo, the protector of grape-owners and wine-makers. The chapel was built somewhere in the 18th century, and the first official church paper mentions the building in 1815. This small jewel is considered to be the most attractive sight of the whole Somogy County. The chapel is located 300 meters above the ground and definitely worth visiting for a wonderful view and a fantastic experience.

Szent Donát Chapel, Balaton, Hungary
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Lengyel Chapel (Hegymagas, Szent György-hill)

With its yellow walls and church-lookalike, the chapel is the symbol and most iconic building of the entire Szent György-hill. The Lengyel family built the chapel around 1760 in place of Szent György Chapel which was built at the beginning of 1400 but later destroyed. The chapel features an incredible look to Szigliget, and the nearby wine cellars give an excellent opportunity for hiking.

Lengyel Chapel, Balaton, Hungary
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Szent Mihály Chapel (Vonyarcvashegy)

There is an old legend related to this chapel which is the country’s only fisher-chapel. In 1739, a team of fishermen got into severe danger when on the frozen Balaton the ice broke under their feet, and they started to flood in the cold water. Six of them died, but the other forty survived thanks to the wind which changed the direction of the flooding water and helped the fishermen escape on the shores of Vonyarc. To celebrate their survival, they built the chapel. According to historians, this story is not true because the chapel was built before 1739, but the story is still stunning.

Szent Mihály Chapel, Balaton, Hungary
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Szentháromság Chapel (Balatongyörök, Becehegy)

This little chapel from the 19th century is surrounded by small traditional Hungarian houses and grape-fields. Most times of the year it can only be observed from the outside, but during summer seasons the chapel is open before visitors.

Szentháromság Becehegy, Balaton, Hungary
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Szentháromság Chapel (Szigliget)

This white chapel’s construction was started in 1845 to use its power to protect the grape from storms and drought. The chapel survived both World Wars and also commemorates all the heroes who gave their lives in Hungary during these dark times. Besides Hungarian soldiers, the chapel also has a small memorial place for American troops who did not survive an airplane crash near Szigliget.

Szentháromság Szigliget Chapel, Balaton, Hungary
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The top five loveliest forest trains in Hungary

Autumn brings true wonders into Hungary, which can be best observed in forests, valleys, and mountains. During this season, it is advisable to organise trips and wanderings into nature and explore the hidden treasures of the country. And while you are wandering around in a forest, you do not necessarily need to do it on foot. You can ride on lovely forest trains and get an incredible experience. Here are the top five picks!

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Source: Daily News Hungary

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