DECODED BY NATIVES
You can get to Visegrád- situated halfway between Szentendre and Esztergom - on the No. 11 main road or on a scenic route by boat on the Danube.
But once you're up your efforts will be rewarded with unforgettable view of the mighty Danube, the green hills and the quiet vilalges down.
Visegrád is 40 km north of Budapest, where the Danube meanders though the Börzsöny and Visegrád hills with a sharp turn.
Attractions in Visegrad
Due to its favourable location with the Danube and the rocky hills Visegrád played important strategic role in the lives of the Celts, Avars, Romans then in that of the Hungarians. The Romans built a fortress here during the reign of Constantine the Great which became a significant part of the limes along the line of the Danube. Remains of a watchtower at Szentgyörgypuszta and the ruins of a fortress at Gizella manor remind us of this long gone times.
Visegrád meaning high fortress was first referred to in latin documents in 1009. The Mongols destroyed the the first fortress during their raids in 1241-42.
After they left Hungary King Béla IV (1235-1270) built the current fortress.
You can approach the fortress on numerous routes winding along the hill
The Citadell part of the fortress is perched high on the top of the hill underneath it lies the Lower Castle while the Water bastion (Vízibástya) stands on the Danube bank. Visegrád gained international importance during the Anjous kings (1308-1387).
Visegrád hosted the famous Royal Summit in 1335 when Charles Robert King of Hungary, John of Luxembourg, King of Bohemia; Casimir III, King of Poland; Charles, the Moravian Marquis; Heinrich Wittelsbach, the Bavarian Prince, and Rudolph, the Saxon Prince made an agreement to protect the participating countires' financial and commercial independence from Vienna and from the Western countries.
Many came to admire the magnificent Renaissance palace of King Matthias (1458-1490).
Matthias extended the palace with the courtyard on the 2nd terrace in the middle of which stood the Hercules well (Herkules kú) with the coat of arms of the King Matthias on its side.
On the 4th terrace stretched the private garden of King Matthias and his wife Beatrix. Here you can see the replica of the Lion well (Oroszlános kút)
The town started to flourish again after the Compromise between Hungary and Austria in 1867. After steam ship traffic begun on the Danube Visegrád became a more and more popular holiday and excursion spot until this day.
The fortress built in around 330 under the reign of Constantin the Great was destroyed in the migration era. King Stephen, Hungary's first king established a bailiff center with a church using the remains of the Roman fortress.
Behind the castle hill a fanatstic excursion center has developed in recent years. on Nagy-Villám and on Mogyoró Hills
If you long for some excitement try one of the adventure activities:
Take a walk along the Apátkút stream (Apátkúti völgy) where you'll find fishing pond, natural spings, playgrounds and a small arboretum in the valley. The Ördögmalom waterfall is another natural attraction of the valley.
Enjoy delights of Mediterranean cuisine and the breathtaking view. Outddor grill parties during summer.
On top of the Mogyoró Hill enjoy good, homely food and the wonderful vista.
Fekete Holló Restaurant
Address: Rév utca 12., Visegrád
Address: Fő utca 11., in the town centre
Its interior, the staff's costumes and the the dishes served in earthenware revive the atmosphere of medieval times.
Knights in period costumes perform castle tournaments. Medieval fair, crafting, dance shows will entertain visitors.
Cellar Man Commencement 1st September 2007
Visegrád welcomes autumn with a colourful celalr man commencement celebration.
At the site of the former beach a spa complex and aquapark will be built.
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