- Budapest: According to the website, “33 Travel Tips,” Budapest is a beautiful city. It has many great historic structures, including an absolutely gorgeous Parliament building, the Hungarian State Opera House, the Hungarian National Museum, and Buda Castle (originally built in 1265!!!). If you want to have an unusual method of transportation, there’s the Buda Castle Hill Funicular. It’s a great way to visit Castle Hill, plus you’ll get amazing views of the Danube.
- The Fisherman’s Bastion: It’s a very historic structure in Budapest that offers you a panoramic view of the entire city from the Neo-Romanesque lookout terraces. Construction of The Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya in Hungarian) began in the 1700s. For more information about the history and the architecture of The Fisherman’s Bastion, check out this website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisherman%27s_Bastion
- Matthias Church, also known as Church of the Assumption of the Buda Castle (Hungarian: Nagyboldogasszony-templom). This Roman Catholic church was originally built in the Romanesque style in 1015, according to church tradition! It’s a very important historic structure, as two Hungarian kings were crowned within its walls: Franz Joseph I of Hungary and Charles IV of Hungary. In 1241, it was destroyed by the Mongols.The church was rebuilt over and over again throughout the centures in a wide variety of architectural styles. For more information about this amazing church, check out this website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthias_Church
- Dohány Street Synagogue: This synagogue, located in Budapest, is the largest synagogue in the world outside of Israel. It was built betweet 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish Revival style. It has a pipe organ and some famous musicians have played it, including Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saëns. The synagogue was seriously damaged during World War II, and restoration work was done in the 1990s. On the grounds of the synagogue is the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, the Heroes Temple, and the Jewish Cemetery. In the rear courtyard, you can find the Raoul Wallenberg Emlékpark (memory park).
- Heviz: It’s the world’s largest thermal lake. In Hungary, there are 150 thermal baths. A thermal bath is a pool of water with mineral properties at a range of extreme temperatures. One of the most famous thermal baths is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
- Debrecen flower carnival: For three in August, the entire city of Debrecen is covered in flowers. The carnival dates back to 1966 and it is a celebration of the founding of Hungary. It includes a parade with carriages decorated with live flowers.
- the beautiful city of Eger: In this city, you can find thermal baths, a castle, the northernmost Ottoman minaret, and a famous blended red wine, called Egri Bikavér (Bull’s Blood of Eger). There’s also the famous castle. It was originally built on the high hill named Várhegy at Felsőtárkány near Eger. But, in 1241, that castle was ruined during the Mongol invasions. So it was moved into Eger. Later, in 1552, it was known for repelling the Turkish attack during the siege of Eger.
- The Busójárás (Hungarian, meaning “Busó-walking”; in Croatian: Pohod bušara[annual celebration of the Šokci living in the town of Mohács, Hungary, There are many legends concerning the Busos, with some saying that Busos scared away the Turks, and other saying that the Busos scared away winter.
- Aggtelek is a city in Hungary. The name Aggtelek means “old plot” in Hungarian. It has vast stalactite caverns, which earned it a spot as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was first identified in 1295 but, following the Mongol invasion, was abandoned for many years. There is also Aggtelek National Park, which features a seven kilometer long hiking trail along the main part of the stalactite caverns.
- Heroes Square: It’s in Budapest, and it features the Millennium Monument and the Memorial Stone of heroes. The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath is located behind the square. It is the largest medicinal bath in all of Europe, and the water is supplied by two thermal springs. The bath is considered to be medicinal because of its components, which include sulfate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, and a significant amount of metaboric acid and fluoride.
I am now adding Hungary to my bucket list. What places would you add to yours?
Thank you to Klara and Anett for providing recommendations for places to visit in Hungary for this blog post. Your help is greatly appreciated.