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Wonders of Hungary

Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest
Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest. / Hannes Flo, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

The most amazing wonders of Hungary are:

  • Palaces. There are several world-class palaces in Hungary including one of the best in the world – Eszterháza.
  • Historical villages and towns. Like in many European countries, there are picturesque towns in Hungary but some villages have been preserved almost unchanged throughout the centuries – this is rare in the world indeed.

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WorldViolet Top 25 wonders of Hungary

Geological wonders

Hévíz Lake


One of the largest thermal lakes in the world, 4.75 ha large. In the lake water live unique microorganisms that are not found anywhere else. The output of the spring in the lake is 410 l/s, temperature of the water: 24-37° C. Over the lake is built a bathhouse.

Hévíz Lake with bath, Hungary
Hévíz Lake with bath / Civertan Bt., Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.5
Baradla (in Slovakia – Domica)


26,065 m long cave system. Domica cave part is 5,140 m long. The beautiful cave contains also gours with water.

Baradla, Hungary
Baradla / Andy Stafiniak, Wikimedia Commons, copyleft

Architecture wonders

Hungarian Parliament Building


One of the best-known Neo-Gothic structures in the world – a beautiful and enormous structure that was built in 1896 – 1904. The facade of the building is 268 m long and the building has 691 rooms.

Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest - one of the greatest Neo-Gothic structures in the world
Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest – one of the greatest Neo-Gothic structures in the world / Kamil Porembiński, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Matthias Church


Beautiful church in Late Gothic style, built in the second half of the 14th century and largely rebuilt in the late 19th century.

Matthias Church, Budapest
Matthias Church / Thaler Tamas, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0


One of the greatest palaces in the world, an enormous complex of buildings in Rococo style. Constructed in 1762 – 1784, contains numerous very ornate premises (126 rooms) including the opera house, theater.

Interior of Eszterháza, Hungary
Interior of Eszterháza / Karl Gruber, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0
Pannonhalma Archabbey


An enormous fortified Benedictine monastery. It was established in 996. The monastery contains extremely important archives with some 360,000 volumes of valuable books. Basilica with its crypt was built in the 13th century, many extensions were built in Baroque style.

Basilica in Pannonhalma Archabbey, Hungary
Basilica in Pannonhalma Archabbey / János Korom Dr., Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Dohány Street Synagogue


The largest synagogue in Europe with seats for 3 000 people. This ornate building was constructed in the Moorish Revival style in 1859.



A well-preserved ethnographic village that developed around the castle since the 13th century. Many of the houses were built in the late 17th century.

Sümeg Castle


This mountaintop castle was built in the 13th century.

L’Huillier-Coburg Palace


A beautiful example of the early Baroque style, built in 1716 – 1730.

Szentgotthárd Abbey


This Cistercian monastery was founded in 1183 but current structures are in Baroque style and were built in 1779. Church has a very ornate interior with frescoes and other embellishments.

Necropolis of Sopianae


Group of underground burial chambers with decorated tombs that were created by Early Christians in the 4th century. These tombs are adorned with frescoes – valuable testimony of these times.

Esztergom Basilica


The largest church and largest building in Hungary. Reverberation time inside the enormous hall of the church is 9 seconds. The church is constructed in the Neoclassical style in 1856.

Visegrád Castle


Impressive castle ruins. This castle was built in the 1240ies – 1250ies on the top of a hill overlooking Danube.

Gödöllő Palace


Large palace, built in 1733 – late 18th century in Baroque style. The enormous building contains a church, theater, riding hall. Large park around the palace.

Festetics Palace


Great palace, built in 1745 – 1880ies in Baroque and Neo-Renaissance styles. Contains a large library with valuable books.

Festetics Palace, Hungary
Festetics Palace / Civertan Grafikai Stúdió, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.5
Tihany Abbey


This old monastery complex was built on a hill over Lake Balaton. Founded in 1055 and since these times there has been preserved a Romanesque style crypt. Current buildings are in Baroque style and are adorned with frescoes by Károly Lotz.

Kallósd Saint Anne Round Church


This small, round church was constructed around 1260 and is a good example of the Romanesque style in architecture.

Diósgyőr Castle


Impressive castle with four massive towers in each corner. This Gothic castle was built in the 14th century. Rebuilt in the 20th – 21st century.

Diósgyőr Castle, Hungary
Diósgyőr Castle / Gábor Bejó, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
Nyírbátor Church


Beautiful Late Gothic style building, constructed in the time period between 1488 and 1511. Next to it stands a large wooden belfry in Renaissance style.

Szeged Synagogue


Enormous and impressive synagogue in Eclectic style, built in 1907.

Szeged Synagogue, Hungary
Szeged Synagogue / Gabi Agu, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Ozora Castle


Well preserved castle that is square in plan, with an inner yard. Constructed in 1416.

Gellért Baths and Gellért Hotel


Beautiful bath house in the Art Nouveau style, built in 1912 – 1918 over thermal springs. The hotel was constructed in 1916 – 1918, also in Art Nouveau style.

Esztergom Old City


This is one of the oldest towns in Hungary and also now it has a beautiful historical center with numerous old buildings in Baroque and Neoclassical styles.

Esztergom Old City, Hungary
Esztergom Old City / Gábor Bejó, Pixabay, CC0
Széchenyi Chain Bridge


This famous suspension bridge over the Danube was built in 1849. At its time it was considered to be one of the wonders of engineering.

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hungary

With insider tips to make your trip to Hungary a success, our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide is the reference you’ll want at your side when exploring the best restaurants, cafes, and hotels in Hungary. Visit the cities of Budapest and Danube, check out a cowboy show, or take a day trip around the countryside. We have the best travel tips for any budget, as well as ideas for fun activities for either the solitary traveler or the family with children.

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