As if there's not enough to see and do in Budapest itself, the city's surrounding parts are home to a number of cities and towns also worth spending the day to discover. There's Gödöllő, home to the second largest Baroque castle in the world; Esztergom, which boasts the third largest church in Europe; Visegrád, keeper of the last remains of the summer residence of the Hungarian kings; and so much more. Visit Szentendre, Esztergom, Visegrád, the Danube Bend, Etyek or Gödöllő and discover more of Hungary.
Szentendre is a town of art, culture, museums and galleries. The architecture and the city's picturesque location have attracted many artists throughout the years. Stroll along the cobblestone streets between colorful Baroque facades and explore it on your own.READ MORE
Esztergom was the capital of Hungary until the mid-13th century and it remains the seat of the Primate, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary. The majority of the beautiful sites and the city's architectural heritage are of a religious nature. Esztergom has the largest ecclesiastical collection in the country, and the Esztergom Basilica is the largest church in Hungary.READ MORE
Visegrád, a former Royal Seat, is filled with history. Most of the ruins date back to the 13th century, when King Béla IV began fortifying the north after the Mongol invasion. Solomon's Tower, the Citadel on the hill and the Water Bastion located on the Danube are the sights, which can still be seen. The former Royal Palace with Gothic and Renaissance elements dates back to the 14th century.READ MORE
The Danube Bend is a favorite destination for day trips. Szentendre, Esztergom and Visegrád on the west bank are among the oldest settlements in Hungary. Although there are fewer monuments on the east bank, the landscape is equally beautiful. The architectural heritage of Vác, the botanical garden at Vácrátót and the neighboring Börzsöny hills, which provide opportunities for hiking or horseback riding, make the east side worth visiting as well.READ MORE
The small village of Etyek is one of the main wine producing areas of the Etyek-Buda region, the closest wine region to Budapest. Refreshing whites, old cellar rows and wineries set among beautiful vineyards attract many wine lovers. Etyek is also home to the Korda Filmpark, which features various film-themed exhibitions.READ MORE
Gödöllő, another popular town in the vicinity of Budapest, is most famous for being home to the second largest Baroque castle in the world - the Grassalkovich Castle. During the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the castle became a favorite summer residence of the royals. Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elizabeth (or 'Sisi' as she was affectionately called by the Hungarians) spent a great deal of time here. Today, the palace houses a museum.READ MORE
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