As we know, the Covid-19 pandemic ruined most of our summer plans, or at least postponed them. With the end of the exam period, you surely started considering the possible destinations for this summer vacation. If you are still in Hungary or around (or if you have the possibility to travel to Hungary in the next 2 months), we can definitely recommend you some of the must-see places in the country, guaranteeing a great experience.
We have all seen the glory of Budapest, but have you been outside of the capital? If not, we have selected a list of beautiful places that you can explore alone or with friends, even as a one-day trip in case you lack time or resources. The pandemic might’ve canceled most of our plans, but be sure to make up for the losses by dedicating time on those amazing destinations. In this article you can find towns full of history and places with incredible cuisine and culture! Find more in Part 1.
Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary and perhaps one of the most famous places apart from Budapest. What is interesting about this city is that it was the capital of Hungary during the revolution in 1848–1849. With rich history and culture, it can easily conquer your heart. Many architectural monuments take you back in time, like the Calvinist Great Church and the historic Aranybika hotel. Debrecen will never let you stay bored as it frequently hosts street festivals in the summer and Old Town bars & nightclubs contribute to a buzzing nightlife. You can also enjoy museums and thermal baths if you’re not exactly into partying.
Eger is best known for its castle, thermal baths, baroque buildings, the absolutely amazing dishes and red wines. Located on the hills of the Bükk Mountains, Eger offers a variety of entertaining activities and beautiful sights. Established in 1004, today you can find leftovers of multiple cultures and influences – from Christian and Turkish culture to Baroque and Classicist architecture. That is one of Eger’s biggest advantages as it creates an unbelievable atmosphere with its thousand-year-old castle and thirty-eight temple towers. You can never get enough of the city as there is always something more to be seen and explored.
Just 46 kilometers from Budapest, Esztergom gives you the opportunity to see unique historical monuments and explore further the rich and eventful Hungarian history. The city was the capital of Hungary for almost 3 centuries and was also the center of Roman Catholicism in the country. It is the seat of the prímás of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary, and home to the largest church in the country (Esztergom Basilica), which is definitely worth the visit. Restored in the 18th century, Esztergom’s fortress is proudly standing on the Castle hill where you can also find a museum, containing centuries-old relics. Baroque houses around the city and a variety of museums can entertain you for days ahead.
A castle hill, historical buildings and churches - Veszprém is one of the oldest towns in Hungary, as well as one of the most picturesque places in the country. Veszprém was the most favorite city of Queen Gisela, the wife of St. Stephen, who was the very first king of Hungary. Called the "City of Queens " to this day, Veszprém got this nickname as it was the place where the queens of Hungary were crowned for centuries.
The city won the title of European Capital of Culture 2023 (ECoC) as it is a great cultural center of the region, filled with history, culture and beauty. Festivals, concerts and other activities take place here.
Győr is one of its kind with its narrow winding streets and fascinating old houses. Dating back to Roman times, the city has a tremendous historical background. We recommend visiting the Püspökvár (built in the 13th century) together with the majestic cathedral, built next to it. Another great activity is exploring the Xantus János Museum, which offers a wide variety of exhibits – from medical history, to fine art ones.
Where would you like to go? Tell us in the comments!