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9.00-16.30 every day
|1st November- 31st December||
Tue-Fri: 11.00-15.30, Sat-Sun: 10.00-15.30
|Jan-Feb, 24th-25th Dec, Good Fri, Holy Sat|
Admission - Treasury: 500 HUF/adult, 250/students, pensioners, children.
If you feel up toit climb up to the cupola to admire the breathtaking view (open: 9.00-16.30 daily, admisison: 200 HUF)
The late-Roman-early-Gothic royal castle chapel from the 12th century has period fresco remains.
The royal palace of the kings from hte House of Árpád in the Castle Museum (Vármúzeum, opening hours: 1st Apr-31st Oct: 10.00-18.00, 1st Nov-1st Apr: 10.00-16.00, closed on Mondays, free admission) takes you back to the era of the foundation of the Hungarian state and to the early middle ages.
Stepping out the cool and dim interior of the basilica admire the view of the Danube and the Maria Valeria Bridge (destroyed in 1945 and reconstructed in 2001) connecting Esztergom with Párkány (Sturovo) in Slovakia.
The imposing bridge connecting Esztergom and Párkány (Sturovo) in Slovakia
Tip: Take a ride on a narrow-gauge railway to explore the sights of Esztergom. Kids will love it!
Between the Danube and the hill stretches the Baroque cityscape of Watertown (Víziváros) with its two-towered church dominates the vista.
The Keresztény Museum (Christian Museum, opening hours: 12nd March-28th Oct: Tue-Sun: 10.00-18.00, 30th Oct-1st Jan: 11.00-15.00, admission: 600 HUF/adult, 300/students, pensioners) operates on the 2nd floor of the neo-Renaissance Primates' Palace (Prímási Palota) on Mindszenty Square. The museum's rich collection includes paintings by Renaissance Italian masters.
A walk on the promenade along the small Danube (Kis Duna) under the shades of stately plane trees is very tempting and romantic
Walk along the bank of the Kis-Duna (Small Danube) to enter downtown Esztergom where the Széchenyi Square (Széchenyi tér) flanked by civil manisons from the 18-19. centuries welcomes you with a quaint yet elegant atmosphere.
The imposing Town Hall was the hous of the Bottyán Vak the legendary general of the Rákóczi war of independence (1703-11).
Take your time and explore the streets leading off Széchenyi Square where almost every building witnessed eminent events and exude historic ambience.
Take Liszt Ferenc and Batthyány streets to climb up Szent Tamás hill (St Tamás Hill) and to enjoy a really stunning vista.
You're going to pass by a famous library, the Bibliotheca (Főszékesegyházi Könyvtár) that possesses one of Hungary's oldest book collections, consisiting of 250,000 volumes including antique codexes and ancient prints.
Take a rest in one of the lovely inns and pansions at the foot of the hill (see below the list of restaurants)
Summer is the busiest season in Esztergom starting with Gizella Days at the beginning of May and followed by the Withsun Market.
Performances in the Castle Theatre and concerts in the Basilica provide for cultural entertainment.
The Esztergom Summer Festival (30th July-20th August 2007) oofers a range of concerts including jazz and classical music.
Summer says good bye to Esztergom with events organized to the memory of Hungary's first king, St Stephen around 20th August.
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Prímás Pince Restaurant
Address: Szent István tér 4.,
Tel: (+36 33) 313 495
Offers Hungarian and International dishes in a cellar system evoking medieval atmosphere under the Basilica.
Address: Batthyány utca 9.
Tel: (+36 33) 412 420
besides their speciality, the roasted pork trotter, you can select from a range of fish, poultry and vegetarian dishe. Soups: 700-800 HUF, main dishes: 1800-2600 HUF, a mug of draft beer: 450-550 HUF
Address: Pázmány Péter utca 21., in the historic Watertown (Víziváros)
Tel: (+36 33) 311 212
From its Mediterranean style patio you can admire the view of the Castle. Try their free-course lunch offer.
This homely inn situated in a Baroque street has simple, tasty dishes. Soups: 500-900 HUF, main dishes: 1500-2700 HUF, a mug of beer: 400 HUF
Walk up to the Vaskapu tourist lodge at 403 m altitude where the dazzling panorama will make up for your effort.
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