Esztergom Travel Guide

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    Esztergom Basilica
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    Esztergom at night
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    Esztergom Basilica
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Esztergom Highlights

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     Atmosphere, history, buildings 

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     Small 

  • In a nutshell
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     Visit on Sunday to hear the Organ 

Esztergom Things to Do

  • Maria Valeria Bridge

    For nearly fifty years the two towns of Esztergom and Sturuvo have been separated on either side of the Danube, one Hungarian the other Slovakian. The split happened at the end of World War 2, when retreating German troops blew up the bridge connecting the two communities. It was rebuilt in 2001 with the help of EU funding, as part of the two...

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  • Watertown

    Watertown (or Vizivaros) is the beautifully quaint ramshackle old part of the town that sits underneath the Basilica along the Danube waterfront. Its two most prominent buildings are the twin spired Parish Church and the Primate's Palace next to it, but the collection of little houses that fill the narrow streets below the Basilica are also very...

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  • Walk Across the Border

    One of the more fun and interesting things to do in Esztergom is walk across the border. You can walk across the Kossuth Bridge into Sturovo, Slovakia and back. You don’t need a passport or anything like that anymore, but you can see where they were checked a couple decades ago. Sturovo, or Parkany in Hungarian, doesn’t really have a lot of...

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  • Vizivaros

    The Vizivaros, or Watertown, is a small neighborhood beneath the Esztergom Basilica. This area dates from 1239. The Turks once controlled this place and added many new buildings, including mosques. Much destruction occurred here in the early 18th century and many Germans came here to help rebuild the neighborhood. More and more Hungarians began to...

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  • Esztergom Basilica

    The Esztergom Basilica is the biggest church in Hungary and was finished in 1869. The current basilica is one of many churches that were built on this spot. Saint Stephen received his crown in the original basilica about a thousand years ago. It endured a lot of war and destruction during the Middle Ages and was once even completely demolished....

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  • Serbian Orthodox Church

    This pretty, bright yellow little church is an island of Orthodoxy in a sea of the Hungarian Catholic heartland. You can find its gated front on the Kossuth Lajos utca on the way out of town towards the railway station. The church was built by Serbian settlers around 1770.

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  • The Basilica

    Esztergom's Basilica is the biggest church in Hungary, and one of the biggest churches in the world. In fact, at over 100m, it's the tallest building in Hungary too. It's wider than it is tall, however, and it's just plain enormous. Sitting as it does on a rocky outcrop above the Danube, with the tiny houses of Esztergom scattered at its feet, the...

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  • View of Esztergom from the Danube

    On our Viking Cruise, we did not have a stop here, but it was such an amazing sight---the sun was trying to come out with a little blue sky and we sailed past....What a view!check out Micahel Palin's dvd from this area to see the inside views of this Hungarian Religious Mecca---!

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  • Do not forget to have a look to Danube...

    Danube is among my favourite rivers because of its beauty and glorious past. The best way of enjoying its views is hiking a hill. Esztergom castle is perfect with its location and sights of two countries.

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  • The Danube Bend

    Esztergom is situated at the part of the Danube they call the Danube bend where the river turns suddenly to the south in the direction of Budapest. It is much cleaner here than it is in Budapest and the countryside is scenic.There are also cycle paths here which I myself haven't seen but it seems like a great place to go on a bike trip. You can...

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  • A day Trip

    It takes an hour and a half by train or bus from Budapest although I'm sure it would take a lot less by car. It makes a perfect day trip but it is not worth staying longer as there isn't that much to do.If you come by train you arrive a little way out from the centre, but you can easily walk (there is a map by the bus stop outside) or you can catch...

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  • Kis-Duna

    Apart from being on the banks of the famous Danube (Duna in Hungarian) it is also on the banks of the Kis-Duna (little Danube too). It certainly isn't as impressive as the Duna itself but It makes for a really pleasant walk under the leafy trees, especially in autumn, as you can see from the photo.On the Kis-Duna you will see a few boats and even...

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  • To the Right Hungary to the left...

    One of the best things about Esztergom is that fact that it is situated at the edge of the Danube on the right bank of the river. Directly across from it, on the left bank, you change countries and find yourself in Slovakia.You can take a ferry across the river in the summer months, but even better, you can simply take a short walk across the Mária...

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  • Watertown / Vizvaros

    Another great but not very time consuming thing to do is walk around the old streets. They are really nice, however it is a small town. The part directly below the basilica is really nice, by the old church.I believe this part of the town is called the Watertown, possibly because it is by the Danube and the mini Danube rivers.

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  • Esztergom Basilica

    This is the largest church in Hungary and the 3rd largest in Europe. It is also the seat of the Catholic Church in Hungary dedicated to Saint Mary the Assumption and Saint Adalbert. The basilica is also known for Bakócz Chapel (named after Tamás Bakócz).For people interested in acrostics it has a reverberation time of more than 9 seconds.The...

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  • Széchenyi square

    I really loved this square situated in the middle of the town. It is really pretty and certainly worth seeing and maybe stopping of to have a drink in one of it's cafe's. We sat by the fountain to cool of in the shade and take in the beauty of the old buildings.The main style of the square is Baroque.

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  • Széchényi Ter (Square)

    Completely rebuilt in 2006, the central town square of Esztergom (Széchényi Ter) is attractive and pedestrian friendly. The center piece of the square is the Town Hall.

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  • Kápolna a Szent Tamás hegyen

    On the east east end of downtown in a winding pathway with stairs that leads up ‘Szent-Tamás hegy’ (Saint Thomas Hill). At the top of the hill is a small white chapel (Chapel of Saint Thomas Hill) which was built to commemorate the heroes who died for Esztergom.

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Esztergom Restaurants

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    by chewbacca1975 Written Jul 20, 2010

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    As you can see in the pictures, what we all ordered were perfect and delicious. After having a trying day, this restaurant was relaxing enough for us. Thanks to our Hungarian friend Renata, we had the chance to eat different types of local Hungarian food. The only problem we had was the slow service. All the food we ordered were served at least in 40 minutes.

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Esztergom Transportation

  • Bus

    You can also travel to and from Budapest by Bus. It takes about the same amount of time, and costs about the same amount of Forints. The Buses leave from Budapest's Ujbest bus station at the end of the M3 line. From Esztergom you can reach the historic castle town of Visegrad in just 45 minutes by bus, which is a great option if you decide to stay...

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  • Train to Esztergom

    There are regular connections between Budapest and Esztergom. You can discover that lovely town with a cheap and convenient way. Train is a bit slow but that is good for seeing rural Hungary. After getting off train, you can walk 20 or 30 minutes to downtown or get on a bus nearby.

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  • The Red MAV

    The train to Esztergom currently doesn't leave from the main train station due to construction work. Instead you have to go to The HEV station at the Buda side of Margit bridge. Take the 4 or 6 tram and when you get off follow the river along to the train station. You will see it easily. It is very close (2 mins) from the 4 and 6 tram stop. Don't...

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Esztergom Local Customs

  • Important Town

    Esztergom is historically a very important town with lots of history even though today it is a small place which can be seen in a few hours.It was originally settled by the Celts from western Europe, then by the Romans, Germans, Avars and Franks and finally by the Magyars.The legendary Svent Istvan (St. Stephen) was born and crowned here. He was...

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  • For prayers only

    The St. Stephan chapel on the right hand side of the Cathedral is reserved for prayers only. I think the sign is not very polite, but the meaning is clear.

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Esztergom Off The Beaten Path

  • St. Thomas Hill

    A view of St. Thomas Hill and the Chapel from the Castle. They are really close to each other, so it's worth to visit both.The hill was named after the martyr archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. The original church on the hill was built by Margaret Capet, daughter-in-law of Henry II whose knights assassinated Becket. The widowed Margaret later...

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  • St. Thomas Chapel

    Though you cannot really go very off the beaten path in Esztergom, I think most visitors only come for a day and only visit the Cathedral and the Castle Hill, so I decided to put St. Thomas Chapel in this category.The classicist chapel on St. Thomas Hill was built in 1823. The view from here is very nice, you can see both the Basilica and Sturovo...

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Esztergom Sports & Outdoors

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    If you’re looking for a place to take the kids or just want to cool off during the summer, the water park offers swimming slides and saunas.

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  • Danubian bridge linking Hungary and...

    When you arrive to Esztergom, you will see the bridge between two countries. Crossing Danube by walking is a great experience and do not miss that. Sturovo is also lovely town. During our week in Hungary, the day we visit Esztergom was the only rainy day. Anyway it was a light rain. So we enjoyed many tones of green and understood why this...

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  • Mária Valéria bridge

    The Mária Valéria bridge crosses the Danube river to connect Esztergom in Hungary and Štúrovo in Slovakia. The original bridge was constructed in 1895 but was damaged in 1919 by an accidental explosion. After being rebuilt in 1927, the bridge lasted until 1944 when the retreating German army destroyed the bridge. The most recent incarnation of the...

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  • Boats in Esztergom

    Water is a significant element of Esztergom's milieu. If the weather is nice, it's very likely you see rowers and small boats on the Danube as well as cruises or the Budapest-Vienna or Budapest-Bratislava hydrofoils.

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Víziváros (Watertown)
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Keresztény (Christian) Museum
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Esztergom Castle
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Basilica of Esztergom
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Sunday morning in the chearch!
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statue
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St. Anne's Church
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The Little Danube
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Chapel of St. Thomas
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Parish Church
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Primate's Palace
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The Danube
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The Bridge to Slovakia
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The statue of Archbishop Janos Vitez
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The Maria Valeria Bridge
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Maria Valeria Bridge
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Esztergom Castle
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Friendly small town
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The Cathedral of Esztergom
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The Treasury of the Cathedral
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up the hill
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Restaurated castle
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Impressing view
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Maria Valeria Bridge
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The Basilica
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The Cathdral
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