Castle tour (3 days)
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-
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.
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).
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.
1. Day Budapest-
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-
2. Day. Hévíz-
After breakfast, we drive to Pankasz and look at the bell-
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-
We drive to Sümeg. Walking, sightseeing, free time, dinner. Overnight.
3. Day. Sümeg-
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-
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-
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