Esztergom is one of Hungary's most ancient and historically significant cities. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, it's now a mecca for spiritual travelers and history buffs alike, with its breathtaking basilica dominating the skyline. Read more

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Esztergom, often referred to as the "City of St. Stephen," holds a unique place in Hungarian history. It was the birthplace of the first Hungarian king, St. Stephen, who also founded the archbishopric of Esztergom. The city's crown jewel is the Esztergom Basilica, the largest church in Hungary and one of the largest basilicas in Europe. Built in the Classicist style, the basilica contains a wealth of artistic treasures, including the largest altarpiece in the world, depicting the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The city itself is charming, with winding streets, quaint squares, and views of the Danube that are truly picturesque. The Maria Valeria Bridge connects Esztergom with the Slovakian town of Štúrovo, making for a perfect cross-border day trip. The city also features several museums, including the Christian Museum, which houses an extensive collection of religious art. Boat tours along the Danube offer another perspective of the city's beauty, as well as the surrounding region.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Esztergom

Esztergom Basilica

This mammoth structure is not only a spiritual center but also an architectural marvel, with awe-inspiring interiors and panoramic views from its dome.

Maria Valeria Bridge

This historic bridge connects Hungary with Slovakia and is perfect for a leisurely walk, offering excellent photo opportunities.

Christian Museum

Home to one of the most significant collections of European religious art, this museum is a must-visit for art enthusiasts.

Castle Museum

Built on Castle Hill, this museum gives you a deep dive into the local history and offers splendid views of the city.

Viziváros (Watertown)

This is the oldest part of the city, featuring narrow streets, baroque houses, and a tranquil, historical atmosphere.

Szent Tamás Hill

For nature lovers and hikers, a trek up this hill rewards you with a panoramic view of the Danube Bend.

Boat Tours on the Danube

These tours offer a different perspective of Esztergom and its beautiful surroundings, often extending to nearby towns.

Balassa Bálint Museum

This local museum provides a comprehensive look at the cultural history of the Esztergom region.

Prímás Island

A peaceful retreat in the middle of the Danube, perfect for picnics or a quiet afternoon.

Árpád Spa and Bath

Relax and unwind in this thermal bath, offering various pools and wellness treatments.

What else to visit
In and around Esztergom

Tata Castle (35.34 km)

Perched on the banks of Old Lake in Tata, the enchanting Tata Castle seamlessly merges historical grandeur with the natural splendor of its surroundings. This emblematic structure paints a vivid picture of Hungary's medieval and Renaissance eras.

Budapest (39.2 km)

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and lies on both banks of the Danube in Central Europe. The city has a rich history and culture that dates back to Roman times.

Komarno (45.92 km)

Nestled at the confluence of the Danube and Váh rivers, Komárno, a town brimming with history and vibrant culture, serves as an emblematic testament to Slovakia's rich past.

Nagyteteny Palace (47.79 km)

Nestled in the heart of Hungary, the Nagyteteny Castle or Palace stands as a testament to Baroque architecture's opulence and artistry.

Godollo Palace (50.6 km)

In the heart of Hungary, Gödöllő Palace stands as a magnificent testament to royal splendor and architectural grandeur, revealing tales of bygone emperors and empresses.

Brunszvik Castle (52.56 km)

Brunszvik Castle stands as an emblem of Hungary's rich past. Located in the picturesque town of Martonvásár, this Neoclassical gem, with its lush English park, beckons visitors to revel in its tales of aristocracy, music, and nature.

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