Even though Hungary is a large and diverse country in Central Europe, most visitors travel to Hungary in order to visit the beautiful capital Budapest.

But there’s more to see and do besides the ever popular capital and you can find quite a few interesting cities in Hungary.

We had some time to explore parts of the country.

Read our post about the most beautiful castles in Hungary here!

Even though we haven’t had a chance to visit all of these cities, we have put these interesting places on our list.

12 Cool Cities in Hungary - Top places to visit in Hungary

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Budapest

Budapest is the capital of Hungary. I don’t believe we need to convince anyone to visit this beautiful city. Over the last few years, Budapest has grown out to become one of the most popular capitals in Europe. Travelers enjoy Budapest a lot as a European Citytrip destination.

Located on the banks of the Danube River, Budapest offers magnificent views over the river. In Budapest, you’ll also find many cool and interesting ruin bars to visit. The capital of Europe has been the cultural capital of the area. Budapest has something for every type of traveler. There’s tons of culture, history, and beautiful sights. The nightlife is pretty awesome as well!

Budapest - 12 Cool Cities in Hungary - Top places to visit in Hungary

Eger

This slightly smaller city in the North-East of Hungary is also a popular tourist destination in Hungary. Eger is a beautiful and ancient town where you can stroll the old streets for hours. Or sit in the town square, looking out over the city castle.

When visiting Eger, make sure to visit the sturdy fortress and the ’City under the city’ cellar of Eger…

Eger- 12 Cool Cities in Hungary - Top places to visit in Hungary

Pécs

Pécs is one of the largest cities in Hungary, located not too far from the Croatian border. This city is one of the most ancient and historic cities in Hungary. It was a settlement during Celtic times and officially founded during the Roman empire. The city offers a lot of interesting things to see and do.

With a location on a few hours from Budapest, you can easily visit Pécs as a daytrip from the capital. In Pécs, you can visit the castle, mosque, cathedral, and other historic buildings.

Pecs- 12 Cool Cities in Hungary - Top places to visit in Hungary

Photo on Pixabay – Pécs Historic Centre

Gyor

In the North West of Hungary, you can visit the beautiful city of Gyor, which is one of the most important cities in the country. Gyor is a great stop along the way between cities like Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna. If you like exploring castles and historic buildings, Gyor is one of the most interesting cities in Hungary to visit.

Gyor is also called ‘The city of Rivers’ because of the rivers meeting each other near the city. This medieval town is charming and fun to be in. Aside from the dozens of cultural sites, the Old Town of Gyor is an interesting and beautiful sight.

Gyula

A little further away from the capital, Gyula is an amazing place to visit in the Hungarian grasslands. Be prepared to see wildlife and tons of different bird species on the ‘puszta’. Gyula is a smaller Hungarian city located in the South East of the country, next to the border with Romania.

Explore the wide open plains or enjoy some chill time in the thermal baths in town. Gyula is a great getaway from the busier and larger cities in Hungary. Did I mention Gyula also has an awesome castle/stronghold?

Kasteel van Gyula - Mooiste Kastelen in Hongarije

Gyula Castle – Image on Pixabay

Balatonfüred /Siofok

Siofok and Balatonfüred are two perfect holiday destinations in Hungary. Both are located on the banks of Lake Balaton, which is stunning all year round. These Hungarian cities thrive in summer when campings and hotels are heavily visited by families visiting the lake. These cities are obviously great to visit with kids. During the summertime, loads of water activities can be done, but you can also find culture and beautiful sights. Lake Balaton isn’t far from Budapest.

Choosing between these two cities at Lake Balaton can be difficult. Balatonfüred is more touristy and busy. It also offers more activities. Siofok also has loads of stuff to see and we chose Siofok over Balatonfüred, because of the stunning sunsets!

Siofok - 12 Cool Cities in Hungary - Top places to visit in Hungary

Lillafüred

This highlight in Hungary is rather a town than a city, but it is a nice place to visit and it’s just too cute. This small mountain village can be found in the only Eastern Hungarian mountain range: Bükk mountains. Lillafüred has a lot to offer to its visitors. That’s why we wrote a guide about visiting the town and the things you can do in Lillafüred.

Feel like a royal in the Hanging Garden of Lillafüred

Héviz

The town of Héviz is a spa town near Lake Balaton. In Héviz, you can swim in the largest thermal lake in Europe and the second largest in the world. Lake Héviz is around 4,4 hectare large and it’s healthy to swim in. Water temperature in Lake Héviz is around 24 degrees Celsius on the coldest days of the year. In summer, the temperature rises up to 37 degrees Celsius.

This area and especially the lake has been used by humans since the stone age. Ancient tribes already understood the positive effects of the healing water. Thanks to the constant hot water flow, all of the water in the lake is refreshed every 72 hours.

Hévíz- 12 Cool Cities in Hungary - Top places to visit in Hungary

Viségrad

Viségrad is one of the ancient cities in Hungary. For a long time, it was called home by different kings of Hungary. At this time, it’s possible to visit the summer palace of King Matthias. The town has a beautiful location at the Danube Bend and it’s a cozy place to visit or stay a while. Just like the area around Lake Héviz, cultures seem to thrive in this area and it has been inhabited since the Bronze Age.

One of the highlights of Viségrad is the Castle of Viségrad, which offers amazing views over the Danube Bend. But the town is also a great place to spend a few days or even weeks!

Visegrad Castle - View over the Danube Bend

Vác

The city of Vác is located on the banks of the Danube, near Viségrad. It’s a popular resort town for locals, as well as tourists and there are quite a few attractions for visitors. In Vác, you can find museums, churches, wineries and loads of beautiful sights.

Vác is located north of Budapest and you can visit it in a daytrip or stay a few days in this popular Hungarian destination.

Hollókő

This place is more of a village than a city, but it’s very worthy of your time. The authentic village of Hollókő is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Houses are built in an interesting and cute manner. Hollókő is a very beautiful looking place where you can easily spend a day or more.

The village is built at the foot of a castle and is bulking with culture and folklore.

Hollókő- 12 Cool Cities in Hungary - Top places to visit in Hungary

Photo on Pixabay – Holloko

Gödöllő

Gödöllő is another Hungarian city that has been thriving for centuries. The area was inhabited in the Stone Age. Later it became the home of aristocratic families before it became the summer residence of royal families.

Currently, the Royal Palace of Gödöllő is one of the main tourist attractions in this city. But there are other highlights to visit, like the World Peace Gong, the town market and a few interesting buildings.

12 Cool Cities in Hungary

Planning a trip to Hungary? These are our top picks for places to visit in Hungary. We’re in the process of discovering the diverse country of Hungary our self and we have a lot more information about Hungary coming up in the future.

For now, these are the coolest cities in Hungary you can visit right now!

Have you been to some of these places? Do you know other interesting places in Hungary? Let us know in the comment section.

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Visegrad Castle at the Danube Bend - Look out over the mighty Danube

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