Along the Danube

Győr

 

Around 500 the terrain was settled by Slavs, in 547 by the Lombards, and in 568–c. 800 by the Avars, at that time under Frankish and Slavic influence. During this time it was called Rabba and later Raab. Between 880 and 894, it was part of Great Moravia, and then briefly under East Frankish dominance. Győr is the most important town in northwest Hungary.

There is quite a bit to do in this city. There are many alleys throughout the city leading to so many churches and religious sights in such small proximity to one another. Go down each and every one of them because you never know what you may stumble upon.

If you are a ballet fan, Győr is the City for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esztergom

 

Saint Stephen's birthplace, and the very first capital of Christian Hungary. The royal palace offers an insight into the Árpád house, Saint Adalbert Dom is one of the most important ones in the country, in its catacombs lies all of Hungary's most important cardinals. Esztergom is rejuvenating and there are so many beautiful sights, that it makes it difficult not to spend a day or two. If you are interested to spend a quiet holiday in a historically interesting town, Esztergom will offer you all nice things without a huge tourist crowd.

 

Visegrád, the crown of the Danube Bend

 

Visegrád is a small castle town in Pest County, Hungary. It is north of Budapest, between Esztergom and Szentendre. The name Visegrád derives from Slavic meaning high castle or vyše hrad. Visegrád is famous for the remains of the Early Renaissance palace of King Matthias the Just and the medieval citadel offering not just a magnificent view, but hosting medieval tournaments every summer as well.

Visegrád has a summer bob sleight, which makes it ideal for kids and families. They have the pálinka museum, a summer jazz festival and easy access to Zebegény, Nagymaros, and Verőce for an easy day-out.

In Visegrád you will be able to experience a true medieval town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vác

 

Vác is located 35 kilometers north of Budapest on the eastern bank of the Danube river, below the bend where the river changes course and flows south. The town is seated at the foot of the Naszály Mountain in the foothills

of the Carpathians.

Settlement in Vác dating as far back as the Roman Empire has been found.

It has been the seat of a Roman Catholic bishopric since the 11th century. Bishops from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vác were influential within the Kingdom of Hungary, with many serving as chancellors or later becoming archbishops.

On 17 March 1241, due to the attack of Mongols, the whole population was slaughtered, Vác ceased to exist and Mongols set up camp there. After the departure of the Mongols Vác was rebuilt and inhabited by Schwab settlers.

The town was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1541. During the Habsburg Monarchy's wars against the Ottomans, the Austrians won victories against the Turks at Vác in 1597 and in 1684.

 Maria Theresia the King of Hungary visited the bishopric, in her honor the city erected an Arch that is still standing.

 

Szentendre

 

Tradition, history, culture, art, and gastronomy are all present in various ways. The uniquely Mediterranean cityscape originates from the Serbian, Dalmatian and Greek settlers. Not far from the Danube bend and Visegrád, framed in a picturesque natural setting, narrow cobblestone streets, tight alleys, tiny baroque downtown houses make this tour special.

 

Going to Szentendre on public transport and coming back to Budapest on boat to make the full local experience is not just beautiful, but unforgettable too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Óbuda and Rómaifürdő

 

The district of Óbuda, up the river bank to the north, is the oldest part of Budapest, though that’s hardly the impression given by the factories and high-rises that dominate the area today, hiding such ancient ruins as remain. Nonetheless, it was here that the Romans built a legionary camp and a civilian town known by the name Aquincum, later taken over by the Huns. This developed into an important town under the Hungarian Árpád dynasty. With the growth of Buda the original settlement became known as Óbuda (Old Buda) and was incorporated into the newly formed Budapest in 1873. Aquincum ruins lie further north, in the Rómaifürdő district, they revived many Roman customs like the Flower festival in springtime.

Rowing or kayaking is very easy, if you want to have a bit you will enjoy your food just like a local.

Óbuda has many museums, one of the most interesting is the Vasarely Museum, dedicated to the father of op-art, the Hungarian born Victor Vasarely.

 

Margaret Island, the pearl of the Danube

 

The Knights of St. John settled on the island in the 12th century. Among the present historical monuments of the island are the 13th-century ruins of a Franciscan church and a Dominican church and convent, as well as a Premonstratensian church from the 12th century. Members of the Augustinian order also lived on the island.

Named after King Béla the 4th’s daughter Margit, the island was dominated by nunneries, churches, cloisters, and rabbits until the 16th century. During the Ottoman wars, the monks and nuns fled and the buildings were destroyed. In the 18th century, it was chosen to be the resort of Palatines. It was declared a public garden in 1908 and it is the best park in Budapest. You'll find here an Olympic swimming pool, an open-air bath, two hotels, one with a Japanese garden, facilities like bike rentals and a runners lane, open-air theater and of course lots of thermal water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kopaszi Dam & Park

 

The Birth of the Peninsula After the great flood of 1838, the area of Lágymányosi Bay began to transform. Gellért Hill is a historic hillside in Budapest. To its south, the shore that accommodates some of the city’s main transportation lines was built, giving birth to Lágymányosi from the Danube River. Around 1870, a dam was erected at the narrow peninsula and named “Kopaszi Dam”.

Nowadays you can rent all sorts of boats, having a nice walk, dining here is a treat on hot summer nights.