Middle Danube (Hungary)
In terms of geographic size, the Budapest – Central Danube Region is the smallest tourist region in Hungary, but it has a leading position in the socio-economic life of the country. The international attraction of the capital, Budapest, is decisive not only for the region, but for the whole country. The panorama of the Danube embankment, as well as Andrássy Avenue and its environs, are included by UNESCO in the list of World Cultural Heritage. Obtained in 1934 the status of a resort city of Budapest, it is the only metropolis in the world where seventy million liters of thermal water daily coming to the surface from 80 sources feed 20 baths, pools and beaches, including the popular Rats, Rudash, Kirai , “Chasar”, Gellert “or the healing bath” Secheni “. The city is rich in attractions, architectural monuments of different eras and religions. On the territory of the Fortress quarter are Matthias Cathedral, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the impressive Buda Labyrinth. From the walls of Budays Second Fortress offers spectacular views of the Parliament, the Basilica, as well as the unique urban bridges. In the central part of Pest is recommended to take a walk, visit the set among the old walls of museums, churches, cafes.
In addition to Budapest in the region, the already mentioned Danube Bend, Szentendre, Visegrad, Esztergom (the center of the Hungarian Catholic Church) are very popular among tourists. If you go to Esztergom not through the Danube Bend, on the highway? 10 we will get to Yuryem, where there is the chapel of Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna Romanova. It was erected in 1802 by the nador (viceroy of the Hungarian king) Jozsef at the burial place and in memory of his wife, daughter of the Russian Tsar Paul I, who died at the age of 17 from a fever. According to legend, the land at the burial site was brought here from St. Petersburg. Next to the chapel is the only Russian Orthodox cemetery in our country, where priests and deacons who served here were buried.
In addition to visiting castles and palaces (Gödöllё, Visegrád) and health tourism, a significant part of tourist offers are a variety of geographical offers of the region – the plain, mountain regions, large cities, steppe, as well as conference facilities and active tourism, the basis of which is the Danube. The natural and artificial lakes of the villages of the region’s Nograd region provide excellent opportunities for fishermen, hunters and bike lovers. Hungarian cuisine and winemaking in themselves are attractive factors for the region’s tourism offer, as the region affects two wine regions – Etiek-Buda and Kunshag. A visit to the Turtle Budafok factory of sparkling wines, originally founded for the purpose of processing and storing grapes, is very interesting.
Many specific programs have been developed in the region. In addition to maintaining local folk traditions (a Hungarian wedding, Holy Trinity Day festivals), numerous other events are held (equestrian festival, ceremonial games, flower festivals). Among the annual events attracting the widest masses of guests, one can distinguish the Budapest Spring Festival, the Crafts Festival, the Visegrad International Palace Games, the Island Festival, the International Summerfest Folk Festival, the Jewish Summer Festival, as well as the Wine and Champagne Wine Festival.
The region is also proud of two World Heritage sites: the Pannonhalm Abbey of the Order of UNESCO of UNESCO was listed in 1996, and the neighborhood of Fertё – in 2001. Suffering from rest and recovery, guests can choose the wellness baths and therapeutic baths that provide quality services. Those who wish to improve their health, first of all, recommend the medicinal baths of Bükfürdё, Hedkyё, Lenti and Mosonmagyarovar. Opportunities for renewing the body and soul are provided by the Sharvar healing and wellness bath, and in the Thermal Therapeutic Bath with the effects of “Kekhida” in Kekhidakushtani we can immerse ourselves in the Mediterranean atmosphere. Attention to sports enthusiasts we offer cycling paths that run along various edges, perfect for rowing on boats, kayaks or canoes of the lake and river, the charming nature that can be seen from the horse’s saddle, as well as internationally recognized golf courses in Dunakiliti or Bükfürdё. Culture lovers will not be disappointed either, because in such cities rich in architectural and historical monuments as Sopron, Pannonhalma, Gyёрr, Köseg or Szombathely, ancient monuments are carefully preserved. Guests interested in cooking can choose from a wide range of renowned wines and traditional recipes for dishes and delicacies.