Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe and is surrounded by the countries of Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Ukraine. Its capital, Budapest, is bisected by the Danube River. Its cityscape is studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s medieval Castle Hill and grand neoclassical buildings along Pest’s Andrássy Avenue to the 19th-century Chain Bridge. Turkish and Roman influence on Hungarian culture includes the popularity of mineral spas, including at thermal Lake Hévíz.
Hungary, however, is most distinguished by its architectural treasures from Roman ruins to baroque churches, from medieval townhouses to neoclassical buildings and art nouveau bathhouses, its beautiful cities have a charm of their own. Be it, its capital Budapest, Szeged or Kecskemét, Debrecen or Sopron, every place holds some gems of architectural heritage.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge: The bridges across the Danube that were all destroyed in World War II have since been rebuilt. The most well-known is the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Named for the Hungarian Count who prompted the construction, this is a suspension bridge initially built-in 1849. When you travel to Budapest, you can stroll across this bridge to get a feel for the heart of the city.
Aggtelek – A walk through mysterious caves: Aggtelek is a village that is the gateway to the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aggtelek and Slovak Karst. One of the most interesting places to visit in Hungary, Aggtelek’s Baradle Cave has the most stunning stalactite formations. Especially the cavern ‘Giant’s Hall’ is spectacular and a treat for nature lovers.
Lillafured – A hike up to the mountains: The Bukk Mountains are one of the most beautiful places to visit in Hungary. Lillafured is the perfect place as a base to visit the Bukk National Park. The park has more than 1,000 caves, beautiful freshwater lakes, and thick woods ideal for hiking. The Lillafured waterfall is also the highest waterfall in Hungary.
Sandor Palace: The residence of the president of the Republic. The guards here rival those of Buckingham Palace, complete with a changing of the guards’ ceremony. And as you descend the hill, be sure to take time to admire the view down to the Danube.
Castle Hill: Dominating Castle Hill is the imposing neo-Gothic Matthias Church, with an impressive mosaic tiled roof. Next to the church is my favorite of all Budapest sights, Fisherman’s Bastion – one of the best places to visit in Budapest.