Castle tour (3 days)

Day 1

Early departure from Budapest. First stop will be Tata Castle. It was built in the end of 1300's, today it is one of the jewels of Tata. Its prospering can be dated to the reign of Zsigmond Luxemburg and Mátyás Hunyadi as the summer resort of the king. The walls of the castle reflect the marks of romantic style which is due to the Eszterházy family used to live here. The building at the shore of Old Lake is a beautiful sight still today. The we will visit Pannonhalma Abbey, and you will have a guided tour in the oldest Hungarian building in existence. Rare documents and records from the earliest centuries of the Hungarian State are preserved in the archives. The library consists of over 300,000 volumes.In the art gallery, there are 16th-18th century works. Continue to the beautiful Baroque and Neo-classic town of Győr. Walking tour in the city center. Overnight in Győr.

Day 2

After breakfast we will go to Fertőd, the Hungarian Versailles and visit the Eszterhazy Castle. Then we will travel to the historic baroque town of  Sopron, second richest Hungarian town in historic monuments. Continue to Kőszeg, walk around on Jurisics Square and visit St. James Church from the 14th century, Ambrozy House and Jurisics castle. Short visit to the impressive castle of  Sümeg. Then wine tasting and dinner. Overnight in Sümeg.

Day 3

After breakfast we will travel along the northern shore of Lake Balaton to Tihany Peninsula. We will visit the Abbey Church founded in 1055. We will go to Veszprém, where you will see the Castle district, Gizella Chapel and the Cathedral. In the late afternoon we will return to Budapest, drop off at your hotel(s).


Szentendre- Visegrád  - Esztergom (Danube Shore Tour)

 

This tour includes 3 towns along the River Danube. I takes one day and first we visit Szentendre.  We take a walk in  the town. Szentendre is like an Italian artists’ place with  several small houses and narrow streets. That is the shopping paradise for handicraft fans. After Szentendre we continue our journey along the Danube, and in a short time  we reach Visegrád Castle. Visegrád was the Hungarian royal seat for 200 years. On top of a hill, the ruins of the kings’s fort and castle give a fantastic view on the Danube Bend. Recommended lunch in the enchanted and panoramic Hunter’s Lodge on top of Visegrád Hill. Lunch break (optional).

Then we continue  to Esztergom.  Esztergom was Hungary’s first capital. With the biggest and most remarkable  Basilica of Hungary, it is the seat of the Hungarian cardinal. We can visit the crypt with the tomb of the famous Cardinal Mindszenty, and the stunning treasury with amazing works of art. In the end we drive back to Budapest.



Keszthely - Hévíz - Őrség - Sümeg -Veszprém-Székesfehérvár  (3 days)


1. Day Budapest-Keszthely-Hévíz (200 km)

Keszthely is the largest town by Lake Balaton. Its main highlight is the Festetics Castle, one of the most beautiful baroque palaces of Hungary. The castle astonishingly avoided damages during the Second World War and it has been serving as Helikon Castle Museum since 1974. Its library of 100 000 volumes is the only complete aristocratic collection in Hungary to have been left intact. In the Helikon Castle Museum, we visit the beautifully restored and furnished rooms, the Library, a Hunting, a Carriage and a Historical Railway Model exhibition, the House of the Balaton Wines and take a walk in the huge, romantic park.
We have a walk then in the charming, baroque downtown of Keszthely, and in the early afternoon you can enjoy a real Hungarian fish soup or a fish- specialty made from Balaton fishes, before taking the waters in the bath of the famous Lake Hévíz. Overnight in Héviz.


2. Day. Hévíz-Pankasz-Őriszentpéter-Szalafő-Körmend-Sümeg (190 km)

After breakfast, we drive to Pankasz and look at the bell-tower a typical structure of Őrség and the working smithy. From there we go to Őriszentpéter the “capital” of  Őrség. It is part of the Őrség National Park. The characteristic layout of scattered settlement in "small districts" (szeres) can be studied in the town. The collection of local history, which can be found in the Community Centre, comprises remarkable items of folklore and folk art in this region. The Catholic church was built around 1230 in Romanesque style. The remains of a medieval brick-works can be seen near the church. Its old avenue of lime-trees near the centre of the town is protected. (Every year the Őrség Folklore Fair is traditionally held on the last weekend of June.)

We continue to Szalafő the most archaic settlement in Őrség . Visit the Reformed Church, the Szalafő Country House and Outdoor museum. Lunchtime and you can taste the famous Szalafő Pálinka and pumpkin seed oil.

After resting, we go through Felsőmarác to Körmend. The town is especially well known for its castle, which used to belong to the Batthyány family, one of the most important aristocrat families of Hungary. Blessed Ladislaus Batthyány-Strattmann (1870–1931), a famous ophthalmologist who was beatified by the Catholic Church, lived in the castle with his family for nearly 10 years. He turned one of the wings of the castle into an ophthalmology clinic where he treated poor patients free.

We drive to Sümeg. Walking, sightseeing, free time, dinner. Overnight.


3. Day. Sümeg-Veszprém-Székesfehérvár-Budapest (180 km)

Breakfast, then visit the Sümeg Castle built in the mid or late 13th century by Béla IV of Hungary. The Castle is situated atop a mountain called "Castle Hill". During its existence, it has been expanded several times. In the 15th century, it was fortified, and the second of two towers was built. It has been under siege several times. Later we got to Veszprém the town of queens. The formal Royal Fortress stood on the 40m high and 500m long dolomite rock backbone in the 11-13th century. Today we can find the Baroque Castle District there. We' take a walk, visit the Archbishop's Palace and the Cathedral, have a beautiful view over the Valley of the Stream Séd, walk down to the Old Town Square. Free time in the beautiful downtown. We continue to Székesfehérvár, which is

so closely linked with the beginnings of the Hungarian monarchy as hardly any other town. It is the oldest seat of the monarchy and possesses the former coronation church of the Hungarian kings. Székesfehérvát situated between the foothills of the Bakony Forest and the Velencei Mountains, has a well-preserved inner town, which is almost provincial Baroque in appearance with numerous places of interest. Dinner (optional). Back to Budapest.

 


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