Visegrad is a small village with less than 2000 inhabitants lies next to Danube river and has a great history behind. It’s located 40km northwest of Budapest between Szentendre and Esztergom, that’s why some people see it as part of a tour on daytrips that include these 3 towns of the Danube bend.
Visegrad means “the upper castle”, a name given by Slovak settlers during 9th century when they came here and saw the remains of the old fort from the roman era. In 13th century (after the mongol invasion in Europe in 1242) the town was built again and a citadel was built up on the hill while the Royal palace was constructed near the river by the king of Hungary Charles Robert in 14th century, his son Louis the Great renovated the palace but big expansion took place by king Matthias Cornivus in late 15th century but he used the palace as a summer palace only. A century later the palace was destroyed by the ottoman turks.
What we did upon our arrival was to visit the Palace (the entrance is just a few meters away from the boat/bus stop) which now houses a museum, you can walk through the ruins and visit some rooms that house small exhibitions. Then we drunk a coffee and then went up to the citadel (using a taxi) and enjoyed the beautiful view over Danube river while the castle itself was nothing special (including the wax exhibition).
On our way back we preferred to save some money and hiked down the path that took us back to the bus stop.
Visegrad a small castle town by the Danube Bend in Pest county is where medieval Kings ruled Hungary from. King Charles I of Hungary made this the royal seat in 1325.
Today, the old castle, sits high above the pleasant town and you can walk up a steep track through forest to the castle or drive up a road and save leg power for exploring the old ruins which are in very good condition. The old castle has setup medieval displays, you can try your hand at various medieval activities such as archery or just take in the splendid countryside from the magnificent iew points.
This trip makes a very pleasant day excursion from Budapest.
Visegrad is a very small town located on the Danube bend.
The boat cruise to Viesegrad is something like 3 hours.
The city is very small and you will find here remains of an old castle and a beautiful view.
The climb to the castle can be difficult for little children or older people and another problem is that the city is full of wasps and hornets - while i was climbing the trail to see the view i saw most than 20 wasps that tried to attack me all the time - not a very enjoyable thing.
There is a nice restaurant called renaissance near the peir.