Budapest

Budapest is the capital of Hungary. In this city, you will find the renowned Buda Castle, which sits on top of a hill overlooking the Chain Bridge and spires of Parliament. By evening, with all the lights aglow and with the moon reflecting on the waters, the sight is simply breathtaking.

An evening dinner at the Castle Hill is advised as the night brings out the best in this site.

Since Budapest is on the banks of the Danube River, many travelers choose to go on a daytime boat ride or cruise to get better feel of the innate beauty of the city.

Another great way to capture the view is by visiting the Fisherman’s Bastion, located around Mathias Church, which sits atop Castle Hill. The balcony, embellished with Gothic-inspired banisters and carvings, is another great location for viewing the Danube.

Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton’s name was derived from the Slavic term blato, which means “swamp.”

This lake has two shores. In the southern shore, you will find sandy beaches with shallow water, which is safer for family swimming. You could be 500 meters away from the shore and still not need to swim.

The northern shore is best for travelers who wish for seclusion in deeper waters, as the water here deepens more quickly – it could go beyond 6 feet just 30 to 50 meters from the shore.

Lake Balaton is the ultimate summer getaway, for there are many things you can do besides swimming. In the towns around the lake, you will find bustling activity: concerts, sports events, festivals, and nightlife.

Sailing, horseback riding, cycling, wind surfing, bungee jumping, water skiing, and kite surfing are among the activities in and around Lake Balaton that make this area a top vacation destination in the country.

Gyor Town Hall

Reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet), the town hall of Gyor is the tallest building in the city.

This structure was created from 1896 to1898, with the intention of providing a Neo-Classical building during the emergence of modern Hungary.

During daytime, the town hall appears regal and somber, but when the sun sets and the lights are lit, the structure turns fairy tale castle–like, and the view becomes truly breathtaking.

The Gyor town hall can be found at the Varoshaza Square, just a few steps away from the Old Town.

True to the music-loving spirit of Hungary, this town hall invites and welcomes music lovers with a pipe organ in the main hall, occasional concerts and musicals, and the tower with the huge clock playing Hungarian music every hour!\

The Great Church

The Protestant Great Church in Debrecen is Hungary’s largest Protestant church, standing at a height of 61 meters (200 feet) and occupying 1,500 square meters (16,146 square feet) of land. It has a 5,000-person seating capacity. It also features one of the country’s largest bell towers.

The church has been in existence even during the Middle Ages. It has been destroyed by fire three times and has always been rebuilt.

Today, the Protestant Great Church is one of Debrecen’s most famous buildings. It is found at the center of the city and symbolizes Hungary’s entire Protestant Church. Some people like to call it the Calvinist Rome.

National Theatre of Pecs

The National Theatre of Pecs is the center of arts in Pecs, Hungary. It was first opened in 1840, but the original building was demolished in 1890.

In 1895, the theater was rebuilt, but by the 1980s, it had deteriorated so much, it had to undergo massive renovation. The current building is a product of the reconstruction that was done in 1986.

The current building is a modern structure with a four-part sinking orchestra pit, a revolving stage, and air conditioning.

The National Theatre of Pecs is the home of the Sophianae Ballet and the theater’s opera company. Should you wish to view performances of these groups, you can buy advance tickets at the theater office.

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