Hungary in Central Europe, is a country with a rich historical past. In the medieval era, the Hungarians had to build huge castles in Hungary to protect themselves from the empires of the Carpathian basin. The castles now stands, marking the heroic past of the country. Though many castles have been destroyed over time, there are still a couple of them, which have stood the test of time.
Hungary is a well known travel destination and is popular for its nature and architecture. The country is home to over a hundred castles, which are all situated in scenic, natural settings. Nonetheless, it is hard to visit all the castles, considering the sheer number of them. But if you had to choose a few castles in Hungary, which you can visit, than here we have gathered a list of 10 beautiful castles in Hungary, worth the visit.
10 Best Castles In Hungary
Hungary is home to a lot of castles, many of which attract the attention of visitors. There are so many castles in Hungary that one might get confused as to which ones to visit. To make it easier for you, we have compiled a list of 10 best castles in Hungary. Take a look at the list.
1. Vajdahunyad Castle
Vajdahunyad is a medieval castle located in the City Park. The castle was built around 1896 and is a significant historical monument, which showcases the architectural evolution of the country over the years. The castle is a combination of many fine buildings, amagated together and you can see the typical architecture of the 18th century like Baroque, Romanesque and Gothic Renaissance style. Presently, the castle hosts many exhibitions, festivals and concerts.
Location: Vajdahunyad, Budapest, Hungary
Timings: 10 am - 5 pm
Entry fee: Free entry
2. Visegrad Castle
Visegrad is a double castle system, built by Bela IV. The entire structure comprises of a citadel and a lower castle. The citadel served the purpose of a residential complex as well protected the Danube valley and also maintained the commercial route between Buda and Esztergom. The lower castle was built during 1247 and the most interesting part of the lower castle is the Solomon tower. After the Habsburgs conquered the fortress, this fortification became unwanted with the dissolution of the border castle system and this castle was left to ruin.
Location: Visegrad, Varhegy, Hungary
Timings: 9 am - 6 pm
Entry fee: 1700 HUF / person
3. Eger Castle
Though the Eger Castle is not a glorified edifice as it once used to be, nonetheless, it is still worth visiting. The castle has a fascinating historic tale to its benefits. The castle is so popular among the Hungarians because, once this castle, with a small garrison, they defeated a huge Turkish army. Though the castle had been neglected for many years, it was restored in the 1950s and a visit to this castle will leave you wanting for more.
Location: Eger, Var, Hungary
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
Entry fee: Adults - 1400 HUF, Children and seniors - 700 HUF
4. Sumeg Castle
Located in Sumeg’s bald hill, this is one of the most beautiful castle in Hungary. This castle is also among the ones which was not destroyed or harmed over time and even in the present day you can see the inner and outer castles as well as the citadel. The castle was built during 1262 and presently many exhibitions and medieval programmes are organized in the castle premises.
Location: Sumeg, Varoldal, Hungary
Timings: 9 am to 4 pm
Entry fee: Free
5. Bory Castle
This castle was built by a famous Hungarian artist Jeno Bory. In 1912 he bought an acre of land in Maria Valley. The building originally had only a wine cellar and a summer house, which Bory expanded year by year. The building didn't have a proper plan and it was simply expanded over time. The castle is a great example of the symbolic Hungarian architecture.
Location: Szekesfehervar, Maria Volgy, Hungary
Timings: 9am to 5pm
Entry fee: Adults - 1500 HUF, Children - 700 HUF
6. Boldogko Castle
This castle is perched atop a mountain and overlooks the village of Boldogko. The exact date of the construction of the castle is still unknown but it is fairly certain that the castle was built after the Mongolian invasion. This defense block was built with an interior turret, which protected the road to Kassa as well as the Hernad Valley. The castle is now managed by the local municipality and the palace wing and mill basiton are open to public introspection.
Location: Boldogkovaralja, kulterulet, Hungary
Timings: 8 am to 7 pm
Entry fee: Free entry
7. Tatai Var Castle
The construction of Tata castle started in the 1300s by the Lackffy family and the the castle has underwent many renovations since then. The castle used to be the summer residence of the King Sigismund of Luxembourg as well as King Matthias Hunyadi. The castle houses the Domokos Kuny Museum, which showcases many Bronze age and Roman age artifacts.
Location: Tata, Hungary
Timings: 9am to 6pm
8. Siklos Castle
The Siklos castle used to be a residence for the important noble families of Hungary and guarded the southern border of the country. The castle architecture shows the lavish history of the country’s past. In the 15th century a fortified castle was built with high walls and round bastions. The carved doors and windows, the arch of the chancel, the frescos and choir are evidence to the affluence of the people dwelling in the castle. The castle has undergone many renovations over time and in the present day it houses a museum, which is open to the public.
Location: Siklos, Vajda Janos, Hungary
Timings: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Entry fee: Adults - 900 HUF, Children - 600 HUF
9. Buda Castle
Buda Castle is a medieval castle in Hungary, which used to be the residence of Hungarian kings. The construction of the castle was completed in 1265 and this castle is also known as the Royal Castle or the Royal palace. The castle showcases both medieval and Baroque architecture and is also registered as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle is a unique combination of hills, water and architecture, which is quite rare to see in capital cities of other countries of the world. Moreover, the castle also houses the Budapest History Museum, the National Library and the Hungarian National Gallery.
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
Entry fee: 3000 Forints
10. Esztergom Castle And Basilica
This beautiful neoclassical castle and basilica is located in the city of Esztergom in North Hungary. The castle was built during the time when Esztergom used to be the capital of Hungary, Europe. The Esztergom Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic building in entire Hungary and the 18th largest one in the world. Entering the basilica you will witness the world's largest altar piece. The painting is done on a single canvas showcasing the ascension of Madonna. In the present day many organ and choir concerts are held in the castle.
Location: Esztergom, Hungary
Timings: 9 Am to 6 Pm
Entry fee: 300 HUF
Castles in Hungary are some of the most beautiful and stunning ones in the entire world. Visit these castles on your trip to Hungary and bask in the historical and cultural heritage of the country.
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