Fellegvar is the upper castle in Visegrad located on the top of the hill that overlooks the town 350 meters above the river level. The citadel (also called the Cloud Castle) was built during the 13th century by king Bela IV and renovated several times later although after the destruction by the ottoman turks in 16th century it never used again.
Today you can see some parts of it and visit some halls that house small exhibition, most of them dedicated to medieval tools and instruments that were popular in dark ages for torturing people :)
Of course the main reason we came to Visegrad was not the citadel itself but the amazing view over Danube river, as you can see on pics 4 & 5. The river at that point makes some zig zag so we loved been up there and taking pictures of the river and the beautiful landscape around including the towns of Visegrad and Nagymaros.
The entrance fee is 1400Ft without the wax room or 1700Ft if you want to visit that too but although the difference is small (about 1,5 euro) it’s a rip off as you just see 2 rooms with wax figures.
The castle is open Tuesday to Sunday 9.00-18.00
If you go up to Felegvar you can just visit the castle and enjoy the view for 1400Ft or pay 300Ft and get access to a special exhibition. As the difference was small (less than 2 euro) we gave it a try but it is just a rip off.
In 2 rooms they have some figures made of wax, one room shoes the feast of King and the other a ball room with figures dancing ect. In 5’ we realized that we just lost our time there :)
Matyas Kiraly muzeum Visegrad is housed on the lower castle which is located a few meters away from the port on the main road. Most of the visitors come to Visegrad for the upper castle because of the view but it’s a pity not to visit this one too.
The first fortification structures were built after the Mongol invasion in 1250 by Bela IV. The palace was built in 14th century by Charles Robert (king of Hungary) at the foot of the hill near the Danube river when the area became important due to its location on a strategic commercial spot. Charles Robert used to live here but the kings that follow just used the palace for holidays. What we see today is the renovation that took place at the palace from Robert’s son Louis the Great.
King Matthias Corvinus (that ruled from 1458 to 1490) enlarged the palace and added extra courtyards and gardens but what we loved most was the lovely Hercules fountain that is located in the middle of a small inner yard (pic 2) made of red marble. It’s a fine example of renaissance sculptural work made by Giovanni Dalmata that made also the Fountain of the Muses (that we have read it but never saw it)
The ottoman turks that arrived in mid 16th century destroyed the palace and its 350 rooms.
What you can do here is to walk through the ruins and visit several different rooms, in most of them there are small exhibition and helpful informative wall boards that takes you back in that time with detailed descriptions of the items.
Interesting items that worth to be seen are the Visegrad Madonna (pic 3) that was found in the 18th century among the ruins of the palace chapel. It was made of red marble in 15th century by Gregorio di Lorenzo. I also liked the stove of Regensburg (pic 4) that took its name because the tiles and the moulds were found in
You can also visit the Solomon Tower, an hexagonal structure that was built in 1258 and used later as a prison. It’s now part of Matthias museum with permanent exhibitions.
The entrance fee is 1100Ft, 6-26 and over 62 years 550Ft. For the Solomon’s Tower you need a separate ticket.
You can also pay 50Ft for a leaflet and 500Ft for the audio guide
The museum and the tower are open Tuesday to Sunday 9.00-17.00
There’s a small museum café/bar where you can rest for a while and drink something before you head up for the castle or as you wait for the next boat or bus.
Castle stays on the high forested hill. We made trip up to te hill with bus, bus stopped really close to the castle.
Visegrad castle is both reconstructed and not. In reconstructed buildings museum of medieval torments is housed. Mostly all fortifications was built in XIII century, later rebuilt too more times.
Medieval, brick castle seemed to be really interesting, especially talking about the high hill it was built on.
I really recomend you to see panoramas from visegrad hill and the castle. Danube and mountains look pretty. Nice contrast of big mountains, river, small houses, Hungarian flag near castle and very special atmosphere.
It is nice - castle is not empty inside - it houses small shop and museum.
Museum shows the history of items to torment people and to kill people, who was guilty doing such thing in medeival times like diabolism, sorcery, plunders and more.
Museum is based on wax figures - lot of exhibition is made from wax.
One of wax works is the feast of three kings of Europe. The part of big regales you can see in my photo on this tip.
Its amazing! The starting point of the canopy course is at Nagyvillám Hunters where tickets can be purchased. Depending on the weather, protective clothing is put on (mountaineering belt and helmet). From here, participants walk in groups of 6-7, the 250 meters to pillar 1. Each group is accompanied by 2 escorts. Climbing unto the platform on the pillar, the escorts fasten the pulleys on the belts, by which the group members, one after the other, slide downhill from pillar to pillar. After getting off at pillar 11, the visitors can take a pleasant walk along a forest path through some beautiful places back to the Hunters.or, if required, they can be transported back by minibus. The programme ends with the returning of protective clothing.
It is not too hard, but great fun. I enjoyed it. But you have to reserve a date in advence. (if you do not do that, you have to wait, I didnt enjoyed it very much... 2 hours...) You find to phone number on their website: www.canopy.hu, but only one can speak English! (+36 30 278 3251)
Lets fly with Canopy :)
I booked all my tours on this site...Booked tour in order to get the 10-20% discount...
The first tour stop is Esztergom, on the Danube. It is the centre of the Hungarian Roman Catholic church. The city is of historical significance; St. Stephen, the first Hungarian king, was born here, he was crowned in this town in 1001. The Esztergom cathedral, built in the 19th century, is the largest church in Hungary.
Then drove thru the town of visegrad.....The birds view from Visegrad is truly breathtaking. The Romans built a fortress at the settlement located at the foot of the steep rocks of the Visegrad Mountains. The Lower and Upper Castle of Visegrad were built in the 13th century...after this had lunch at a very nice resturant....
The last excursion stop is Szentendre. The tiny town squares, meandering streets, Serb temples, baroque bourgeois buildings contribute to a uniquely picturesque, Mediterranean atmosphere. Today, Szentendre is the town of art. Many museums and galleries exhibit the works of artists who lived or currently live in the artists' quarter established in the 19th century. On the main square are the Holy Trinity Monument and the oldest Serbian Orthodox church in Hungary. I had only 20 minutes here....but I should have taking the last boat ride which was 6pm....oh well..next time....
The town of Visegrad is situated in a picturesque and strategic location north of Budapest at the bend of the Danube River. It was used by the Romans as a military fortress in the 4th century and became a Slavic settlement in the 9th century when they named it Visegrad, the Slavic word for "high castle."
The Visegrád castle in the Danube bend comprises of two buildings.
Construction of the lower castle started around 1247. It was a rather unusual design, with a road crossing through the castle quarter. The most interesting part of the lower castle is the residential tower called the Salamon tower.
Currently it houses a museum where you are introduced to the history of Visegrád.
The upper castle or citadel was originally built in a triangular shape and had two towers.
It was home to Hungarian kings from 1323 and later became their summer residence. New wings and an external wall were built during the Angevin period. The golden age of the Visegrád castle was during the reign of Kings Mathias.
Climbing the hill and reaching the castle perched on top of it is the main reason one should go to Visegrad anyway. My climb defeated two misconceptions; the Danube plain is flat and Hungary immune to Slavic influence. Neither of these is true. As you can see, in this section the Danube plain is hilly and the name Visegrad means High City or Fortress depending on which Slavic language one uses to translate the word from.