Top 5 most beautiful cities in Hungary
So you’ve decided to visit Hungary, but where to go first? There are so many beautiful places in the country, that it is difficult to choose. Hungarian cities are famous for their historic architecture (most of the time a reminder of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), and various attractions. So to make it easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 most beautiful cities in Hungary.
The country’s capital cannot be missing from any list of the top 5 most beautiful cities in Hungary. While opinions on other cities may vary, Budapest is considered to be beautiful by everyone. The sprawling city is divided into 23 districts, laid out on one side and other of the Danube river. The city’s two halves, Buda and Pest have their distinctive personalities. Pest, the larger part, comprises many notable buildings and places, such as the Parliament, St. Istvan Basilica or Andrássy Avenue. Buda, on the other hand, has the Buda Castle and the Citadella. Budapest has lots of parks, narrow winding streets as well as bustling avenues, a great nightlife and many cultural attractions.
When Budapest’s bustle has started to wear you down and you want a time-out, take a bus to Szentendre, a beautiful riverside town located 20 minutes from the capital. Szentendre is known for its many museums and galleries, and picturesque streets lined with old houses. The town is a tourist magnet, so there are lots of souvenir shops, and most restaurant and cafe menus have English versions too (in Budapest it’s the same).
Eger, the capital of the northern Haves country, is a historic city with a beautiful castle, amazing architecture, and some thermal baths that will draw out all the exhaustion and tension from your body. In addition to the castle (which has quite a few attractions), you should definitely take a look at the Turkish minaret, the basilica and the Serbian Church just across the street. A visit and wine-tasting at the wine museum is, of course, mandatory.
Kecskemét, like many of the cities on this list, is famous for its architecture (Art Nouveau this time), but also for its music scene. Just wandering around the city can give you a taste of Hungarian secessionist architecture (check out the Cifra Palace – its name in Hungarian means the ornamental palace). Kecskemét has plenty of museums too, with themes ranging from folk art and toys, to high art and musical instruments.
Szeged is called the City of Sunshine, because it gets the highest number of sunny days in the year. Other than that, Szeged is a genuine cultural center, with open air theater events, festivals, and a very old movie theater for those who appreciate classic cinema. The nightlife scene of the city is also very exciting, with lots of clubs for different ages. With its liveliness and nice architecture, Szeged is definitely one of the top 5 most beautiful cities in Hungary.