Hungary counts over a hundred castles and fortresses. They might not all be in the same perfect shape and they vary from fairytale castles over impressive fortresses to just a bunch of rocks.
So it can be difficult to find out which Hungarian castles are worthy of a four-hour drive and which are not.
If you love wandering around ancient manors and fortresses, you might want to visit them all. Because even if they’re just a bunch of rocks, they still hold a lot of history and it’s interesting to know the stories that have played there. Standing in one of the most beautiful castles of Hungary, knowing that heroes have fought there to protect their country and their families while holding of foreign invaders, … very cool!
Some of these castles boast entire museums, complete with impressive maquettes of how things looked decades ago. You can be sure to learn quite a few interesting facts when visiting these castles. Whether you’re just in it for the Instagrammable pictures. If you want to learn more about the history of Hungary, these are the best and most beautiful Hungary castles.
Boldogkő Castle – Fortress with a view
Boldogko Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Hungary thanks to its location on top of the only rocky hill in its wide surroundings. It’s located in the North-East of Hungary, not too far from Miskolc. If you’re in the area, you must definitely visit it!
The coolest part about Boldogko Castle is the castle part that protrudes onto an extending rock. You can reach this part via a wooden walkway and it takes you to a picture-perfect viewpoint over the surrounding landscape.
Read our post about Boldogko castle to find more photographs and information about visiting this impressive fortress.
Bory Castle – Fairytales and Dreams
Bory Castle is a beautiful and dreamy fairytale castle in the center of Hungary. It’s conveniently located in the middle between Budapest and Lake Balaton. Therefore, it serves as a perfect day trip from either Hungarian highlight destinations. Bory Castle didn’t serve to protect the country, but it was built as a creative expression by a Hungarian architect. The previously mentioned architect built the entire thing all by himself, which took him 40 years. If you want to get that fairytale feeling, then Bory Castle is the perfect excursion for you.
The castle is equipped with pretty towers and beautifully painted round staircases.
Read our complete guide to Bory Castle to find more information about visiting and loads of pictures.
Visegrad Castle – Best Danube Bend Views
Visegrad is one of the most popular castles in Hungary and that’s for a good reason. From the viewpoints in Visegrad Castle, you can gaze over the beautiful Danube bend, which is one of the best possible views you can find in Hungary.
Visegrad Castle is located in a more touristic part of Hungary than some of the other castles in this list and it is frequently visited by tourists from all over the world.
This is definitely one of the best castles of Hungary and therefore you must visit it!
This castle is the place where Hungary and Poland once signed a peace treaty and a few hundred years later, Czechia was included in the contract.
Read our full guide to Visegrad Castle to find more pictures and information before planning your visit.
Eger Castle – Fortified Stronghold in the beautiful Eger
The fortress of Eger is quite impressive and it’s great for a half day of medieval wanderings. This castle was an important stronghold during the Mongol invasion of Hungary and there is a lot of history there.
Inside Eger Castle, you also find an interesting museum. Furthermore, you can see that the future has already arrived here. The museum has a lot of interactive computer screens that run through the history of the building and they show how the castle was under attack during different invasions.
The museum is very nicely set inside the corridors of the castle. Eger castle is a perfect addition to a few days in the beautiful Hungarian city of Eger, which is a popular tourist destination in Hungary.
Buda Castle in Budapest – Most Visited Castle in Hungary
Budapest is on the bucket list for most travelers when visiting Hungary. For this reason, Buda Castle is probably the one you don’t want to skip. So don’t!
Buda Castle is an impressive giant palace-like castle and it is definitely in an incredibly good shape.
It was completed in 1265, but quite a bit smaller back then. The Royal complex was completed in the 18th century and it was a royal palace for many decades after that.
Today, Buda Castle is a tourist highlight in Budapest. When you visit this massive structure, you can also enjoy the great views over the Danube river.
Buda Castle is located on Castle Hill in District 1 or the Castle District of Budapest, not too far from the chain bridge and the Castle Hill Funicular Railway.
Vajdahunyad Castle – Castles in Budapest
Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park of Budapest is a very romantic castle. It is conveniently located in the middle of a beautiful green park and at the banks near a nice lake. It was built in the late 19th century, so it is one of the youngest castles in Hungary. Vajdahunyad combines multiple building styles and it has a few cute castle towers.
Due to its location in the City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle is often featured in festivities and concerts, held in the park.
Esztergom Castle – Safety for Royals
Esztergom was formerly the capital of Hungary in a long past era and that deserves a huge castle, complete with citadel and church. With its location in the close proximity of Budapest, Esztergom Castle is pretty popular among travelers who enjoy the Danube river views from atop the castle terraces.
The Esztergom area was a popular place where civilization thrived for over 20 thousand years. Archeologists found remnants of habitation in the Ice Age, near the current location of Esztergom Castle. Before they built Esztergom Castle, there was a Roman fort on the same location. The entire town of Esztergom breathes history. It obviously was a prominent location during the entire history of Hungary. When Esztergom was the capital of Hungary, the town also housed the Royal Palace. The palace was restored after total destruction in the Mongol Invasion and you can visit it now.
Diósgyőr Castle – Experience Medieval Tournaments
The medieval castle of Diosgyor in Eastern Hungary is a true tourist attraction, not only due to its looks but also because of the regular knights’ tournaments. On top of that, there are other exciting activities you can see and do at this castle. Experience medieval games and shows during high season or just visit this impressive stronghold for its looks and views. DiosGyor castle has a rich history and it flourished during the Middle Ages, which you can still experience until this day.
The castle is located close to the city of Miskolc in Eastern Hungary and it’s easy to combine with a visit to the pretty village of Lillafüred in the Bükk mountain range.
Gyula Castle – Stronghold for the Hungarian Grasslands
Gyula Castle is located in the South of Hungary, near the Romanian border. The stronghold witnessed its fair share of battles and it stood strong during many invasions.
It took over a hundred years to finish the built of this fortress on the Hungarian grasslands. Aside from the monumental castle, Gyula has a lot more to offer to travelers. Guyla stands on top of a thermal spring, so you can visit the thermal baths in the town. During the summer months, this quaint little town on the Hungarian flats offers a lot of activities.
Sümeg Castle – Adventure and Medieval Games
Sümeg castle was built in the 13th century onto the top of a hill not too far from Lake Balaton and Budapest. The expansion of Sümeg castle happened during the centuries after. In Sümeg Castle, you can relive history thanks to the interesting medieval program the castle offers.
Witness knights tournaments and watch horse shows in the fields below the actual castle.
The historic adventure park that is adjacent to Castle Hill is a nice addition to a castle visit. Experience how things used to be in Sümeg Castle during the Middle Ages.
Szigliget Castle – Balaton Castle
Szigliget castle is located near Lake Balaton and it is a very iconic stronghold with scenic views over the lake. Because of its proximity to the beautiful Lake Balaton, people also call it Balaton Castle.
Szigliget is a true fortress and walking inside the castle walls gives you an interesting impression of what a stronghold should look like and how robust the walls actually need to be.
Furthermore, this castle is a perfect day trip excursion for travelers visiting Lake Balaton and you can shoot some very Instagramable pictures in Szigliget Castle.
Kinizsi Castle – Castle ruins
Kinizsi Castle is one of the many castles in Veszprém County, also near Lake Balaton. The castle was first built in the 15th century. Therefore, it’s one of the later generation Hungarian castles. Exact building dates are unknown, but due to invasions and wars, the construction of the castle was stalled and put on hold for a few times.
Lillafüred Castle Hotel
Lillafüred is a small and cute mountain town in the Bükk mountain region of Eastern Hungary. The castle of Lillafüred is a pretty sight and it looks like it is featured in a fairy tale.
This is the only castle in this list where you can actually spend the night since it already is a hotel owned by the Hunguard Hotel Chain for a long time.
It was first built in the 19th century and has then served as a hotel for most of the time. During a short period of time, it was a war hospital where they hospitalized wounded Russian soldiers.
To find out what other highlights there are in and near Lillafüred, read our complete guide to this picturesque town.
Fuzer Castle – Castle in the mountains
Fuzer Castle is a stronghold close to the border with Slovakia in the north of Hungary.
The castle is privately owned, but it’s still open every day of the year. Location is key and this castle is located in a top spot, which is great for photography as well as 360 degrees surrounding views. It’s located in a stunning mountainous scenery and you can reach it from Hungary as well as Slovakia.
As it was built on top of a volcanic rock with steep sides, it’s not easily accessible and climbing up to the upper castle can be tricky when weather conditions change. Fuzer Castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century and it was one of the first castles in the country of Hungary. In fact, the castle of Fuzer was called one of the 7 natural wonders in Hungary.
Most Beautiful Castles in Hungary
So these are 14 of the most beautiful castles in Hungary which should get you either into a fairytale mood or impressed by medieval strongholds and fortifications!
Obviously, that’s not all that the country of Hungary has to offer.
So keep reading our Hungary travel guides and find out about the other attractions and sights in Hungary.
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