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The Citadel (Visegrád)

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  • The Citadel (Visegrád)
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    Photo: Márk Tassy, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The Citadel (Visegrád)
    Photo: Márk Tassy, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The Citadel (Visegrád) with the Danube below.
    Photo: Ƀálint $ztankó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / A Fellegvár a nagymarosi vasútállomásról nézve
    Photo: Eszter Szabó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség

One of the most iconic elements of the vista of the Danube Bend is the castle rising out of the steep mountainside above Visegrád. From within its walls we can marvel at the breathtaking view of the city below and the serpentine of the Danube in front of the lush, mountainous landscape. As one of Hungary’s largest fortifications, its size and splendor were considered exceptional even at the time of its building, in 1250.

The citadel occasionally served as the residence of the royal family in the 13th century. The Holy Crown of Hungary was safeguarded here from 1323 until the Turkish occupation. The castle hosted the Congress of Visegrád in 1335, signifying the prosperous alliance of the Czech, Polish and Hungarian kings. Elizabeth of Luxembourg had the Holy Crown of Hungary stolen for her son, Ladislaus V in 1440. The crown was bought back by Mathias Corvinus for 80 000 gold pieces twenty years later.

The citadel was redesigned and its walls reinforced several times by the 15th century, however, it was heavily damaged in the Turkish sieges before losing its strategic importance. Its renovation took place in 1872.

It awaits admirers of castles and fortifications with several programs and exhibitions. The official copies of the crown jewels are on display and visitors can see the dinner scene of the royal meeting of 1335 in the wax museum.  Be prepared for climbing stairs, but the struggle pays off in being able to witness the marvelous view of the Danube Bend.

Visegrád is the best possible location for one of Hungary’s greatest historical festivals, the International Palace Games, where you will be travelling back to the middle ages for four days. The organizers of this summer event come up with new ideas ever year on top of the existing ones: archery contests, falconry displays, duels, medieval concert, live chess, mounted battles, market.

Additional activities:

Once on Visegrád, we recommend visiting the Görgey house where General Artúr Görgey spent the last years of his life. Do not miss the Pálinka museum: visitors can learn about the tricks and history of distilling pálinka. The baroque-style Catholic church built in the latter part of the 1700s is also a ‘must see’. Those looking for active relaxation can visit the adventure park, the bobsled tracks and go-kart rings.

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Silvius B. Dabis
Updated: December 23, 2019

Public transport

  • Get off at bus stop “Visegrád, nagymarosi rév” or “Visegrád, hajóállomás”.
  • Take a boat from Esztergom or Szentendre.
  • Take the ferry from Nagymaros.

Getting there

  • Follow the Blue (K) markers from the ferry. (1.7 km).
  • Follow the Blue + (K+) markers northeast along Salamon-torony Street. Turn right after 900 m onto the Blue L (KL) trail. (2 km).
  • Take the stairs from the parking lot.

Parking

  • Visegrád is between Budapest and Esztergom, on Road 11.
  • The castle is accessible in two ways. Coming from northeast turn left onto the serpentine before the city sign. It leads to the castle parking lot (5.7 km). Coming from south, enter Visegrád and turn onto Rév Street – Mátyás király Street – Panoráma Street path leading to the castle at the ferry (6.7 km).
  • The Citadel has its own paid parking lot.
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Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
24.4 km
7:10 h
620 m
1210 m
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Antal Miskolci
March 16, 2019 · Community
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The Citadel (Visegrád)

Panoráma út 
2025 Visegrád
Phone +36 26 398 101

Qualities

Place to visit Families
  • 2 Routes nearby
January 25, 2019
S2 moderate open
23.4 km
3:30 h
557 m
557 m
1
by Ádám Németh,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Budapest and surroundings

Dobogókő - Visegrád (OKT-16.)

March 16, 2017
moderate Stage 16 open
24.4 km
7:10 h
620 m
1210 m
5
by Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • 2 Routes nearby