Situated in the north-eastern point of Lake Balaton, Balatonalmádi is a picturesque holiday resort. Take a walk in the streets of Vörösberény and feel the atmosphere of this thousand-year old village of the Balaton Uplands. The oldest monument of the town - the reformed fortress church of Vörösberény, built in the 11th-12th centuries in Romanesque style but also with characteristics of the Gothic style as well, is a must see. The varied environment, the reminiscences of the past, the hospitality and the numerous opportunities of active recreation will make your stay unforgettable.
Balatonfüred is considered to be the capital of the Northern lake shore. The town has two marinas, a string of carbonated mineral water springs, beautiful buildings from the middle of the 18th and the 19th centuries and fine restaurants. Come here to enjoy the mild micro-climate, beautiful scenery, the local wine, made of Olaszrizling grapes, the sailing and swimming facilities, as well as to revive the two-century-old tradition of socializing around spas, bathing and vacationing. Take a walk through the park, which is more than a hundred years old, and along the Tagore path beside the lake and admire one of the most beautiful harbors on Lake Balaton.
Budapest looks its most beautiful at dawn, yet it is also spectacularly appealing at night. Even more exceptional is the perfect contrast between the right and left banks. Buda is built upon hills, the feet of two of them - Castle Hill and Gellért Hill - almost stand in the water. Facing it is Pest, as flat as a pancake. This is a vibrant city: it throbs with life morning, noon and night; visitors arriving from other countries get the feeling that something interesting is happening round every corner. Budapest is a remarkable and wholly unpretentious place.
Recommended Stay:At least 2 nights Must See`s:
Buda Hill and the Castle District, Parliament, the Chain Bridge, Heroes' Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House, Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Gellert Hill, the thermal baths and so much more!
Bükfürdő is famous all over Europe for its spa baths discovered in 1957. The thermal waters became well known between the residents of the vicinity, an they were bathing, enjoying its beneficity, in the water gangs leading off the thermal waters. Bükfürdő is the most dynamically growing up spa city in the Western Hungary. A perfect relax, recovery, filling up, full experience bathing await you and your family round the year! There are not only medicinal and thermal pools in the park, but there are indoor and outdoor pools with normal water, swimming pool and lots of pools for children as well.
Former capital of the country, Debrecen is Hungary's second city. It is surnamed "The Calvinist Rome," because the inhabitants converted to the new faith in the 16th century, and the town became the centre of Calvinism. The symbolic pride of Debrecen is the Reformed Great Church, a reminder of several important events of Hungarian history. Another sight is the Town Hall - one of the finest examples of Classical architecture in Hungary. The Great Park, to the north of the city centre, is a favorite place for relaxation and enjoyment, offering a zoo, botanical garden, and thermal baths where forty different types of high-quality treatment based on the medicinal properties of the thermal waters are available.
Eger is one of the most wonderful baroque towns in Hungary. It is also famous for its thermal baths and for its excellent red and white wines. The most impressive building is the classicist Archbishop's Cathedral - the second largest church in Hungary. On the first floor of the late-baroque Lyceum, you will find one of the most famous libraries in the country, with ornamental carvings and wonderful ceiling-frescos. The Main Bishopric Library has 130,000 volumes, including the first book printed in Hungary (in 1473), and a letter written by Mozart. In the tower you can find the country's first astronomical museum, the Spekula Observatory.
Equidistant from Vienna and Budapes, Győr is the most important city of northwest Hungary. "The town of rivers" is a nearly 1000-year-old bishopric where Napoleon won a battle in 1809. The ancient "heart" of the town is at the junction of three rivers - the Danube, Raba and Rabca. Its oldest buildings are 'Lakotorony', built in the 13th century, and the Gothic 'Doczy Chapel', built in the 15th century. The symbol of the town, the Iron Cock, can be admired in Duna-kapu Square. The Town Museum collection exhibits Greek and Roman ornaments, furniture in Renaissance and baroque style, sculpture, paintings and Chinese porcelain.
The green heart of Hévíz, the 4.4-ha lake is the world's biggest warm-water lake where bathing is possible. The wide choice of wellness services, the Mediterranean sub climate, the atmosphere and the fascinating beauty of the Pannonian landscape will make your visit unforgettable. The ruins of one of the most significant settlement of the Roman Empire, which was inhabited for almost four centuries, from the first half of the 1st century to the beginning of the 5th century, are hidden under the ground in the Egregy district. The Roman ruins garden is a public establishment and can be visited without restriction.
Keszthely is the oldest town around Lake Balaton. The main attraction of the town is represented by the magnificent Baroque Festetics Castle. Its park and rooms host important concerts, music master classes in the summer months. The park, an example of English landscape gardening, contains many rare plants and flowers. The Balaton Museum is another sight, its display cases depicting the formation of the lake, its flora and fauna, archaeological discoveries. The Roman Catholic Church dating back from the Middle Ages is a must see. Its frescoes are considered to be among the finest works of Hungarian Gothic.
Located at the foot of the Mecsek Hills, Pecs is a 2000-year-old town with the Mediterranean climate. Former known as Sopianae in Roman times, Pecs was a significant centre of early Christianity: the 4th century "necropolis" consisting of 16 graves was acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2000. Two monuments are open to the public: Hungary's most significant early Christian monument, the Ancient Christian Mausoleum with its wall paintings, and the remains of three sarcophagi. Other points of interest are the city walls and the Mosque of Pascha Gázi Kassim.
Located along the River Rába, Sarvar is home to one of the most beautiful museums in the country - the Ferenc Nadasdy Museum. Beginning from the 16th century, this castle served as a fortress and aristocratic family residence. Besides the luxurious furnishings, the special features of the castle are the seventeenth-century frescos depicting battle scenes in the wars against the Turks and an abundant collection of applied art. The town is also famous for its medicinal and leisure baths, and the medicinal water containing mineral salts.
Siofok is one of the busiest tourist centers on Lake Balaton and also one of the richest municipalities of Hungary. It has several beaches and a scenic port. On the Northern part stands the statue of Vilt Tibor, named Mermaid of Lake Balaton. In the centre of Siófok on the Szabadság square the 45 m high Water tower (the symbol of the town) rises. Don't miss the Fogas baroque building, which is considered to be one of the most valuable architectural heritages of Siofok. The everlasting works of Imre Kálmán, the famous son of this town, can be listened in the Cultural Centre
Located near the western borders of Hungary, at the foot of the Alps, Sopron creates a bridge between Hungary and its western neighbors, opening a gate for foreign guests visiting Hungary. This is "a museum city, and a city of museums", past and present merge here. Another attraction of the historic town of Sopron is represented by the excellent wines of the region. The curative and recreating air of the natural environment, the hiking routes of the wooded hillsides, the view towers, the mountain springs, and the proximity of Lake Fertő make Sopron one of the most beautiful and most pleasant holiday resorts of Hungary.
Located at the confluence of the rivers Maros and Tisza, Szeged is a charming university city. Surnamed "the city of sunshine" with over 2100 hours of sunshine each year, it has a lovely botanic garden and the open air museum (Opusztaszer) 10 kilometers north of the town is a must see for tourists. The most famous landmarks of Szeged are the Dom and the Synagogue - one of the most beautiful in Europe. The Reök Palace is a particularly fine example of "art nouveau" architecture. Together with Pécs, Szeged will be the European Capital of Culture in 2010.
Once the hub of political Hungary, Székesfehérvár is nowadays the fastest developing town in the country. Székesfehérvár has a nice old town centre and a great atmosphere. Lake Velence is only a few kilometers far from the city and provides unlimited opportunities for those who like water sports. The lake can be approached by bicycle as well since there is a bicycle track beginning at the city and going around the lake. For those who love sports, the Bregyó Sports Centre offers a cinder track, a small and a big football pitch, tennis-courts, as well as basketball courts.
Zalakaros is an 800 years old town that became famous 35 years ago for its discovered thermal water. This healing water contains sulphur hydrogen, brome, hydrogen carbon and iodine. The covered bath is open during the whole year; the thermal bath surrounded by big nicely well-kept parks operates only in the season. The unforgettable experience will be completed by the beauty of the scenery: the harmonious transition of the plain to the softly increasing hills, the unit of the vegetation, the forests, meadow and blooming fields of the rare plants and the animals.
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