Visegrad Castle is an interesting castle located in Pest County, north of Budapest.

The town of Visegrad is a small but pretty town on the banks of the Danube river. With its elevated location, Visegrad castle offers some of the best possible views over the famous Danube Bend.

Visegrad was the hometown of King Matthias of Hungary and it was also home to the Summer Palace of the King. The area obviously is a great location for thriving cultures and the Visegrad area was inhabited since the Bronze Age. It’s also a prominent place in Hungarian history.

Find out what’s so special about the castle and keep reading to get some interesting Visegrad info.

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What’s so special about Visegrad Castle

Visegrad Castle is quite special due to its perfect location and stunning sights from this hilltop castle in the popular tourist town of Visegrad.

The castle offers some of the best possible Danube Bend views and they’re just awesome any time of the day.

Aside from the picture perfect views from the castle terraces, the castle was around long enough to witness the Mongol invasion. It is also a symbol of peace between Hungary and its neighboring countries.

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Visegrad Attractions

We were mostly interested in the Visegrad Upper Castle and most visitors visit the town just for this sight. But Visegrad has more to offer and all of its sights and attractions have a lot of history, as well as interesting information about the long and turbulent history of Hungary. So these are the main tourist activities in Visegrad.

Visegrad Upper Castle

Visegrad Upper Castle is the main castle sight with the best views over the Danube Bend. It consists of several parts, most of which are included in the entrance fee. This part of Visegrad Castle is the main stronghold and fortress of Visegrad. It was used to keep the royal family safe during invasions.

Wax Museum

The Wax Museum is located inside the Upper Castle and you can access it for a small extra fee. We didn’t visit it while we were there since we’re not that into wax sculptures. If you are curious, it might be a very interesting and fun extra to visit while you’re at the Upper Castle in Visegrad.

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Visegrad Lower Castle and Solomon Tower

The Lower Castle connects Visegrad to the Danube river and it is built around the Solomon Tower. The tower itself is currently home to a museum about King Matthias.

The Summer Palace or Royal Palace

The Royal Palace in Visegrad was first built, then extended, dismantled and rebuilt over time. At some point in history, the palace was completely deserted and covered with debris.

But it was excavated and restored in the 19th century. The current Summer Palace is built in a Gothic style. You can visit the restored summer palace and there are usually exhibitions and history showcases.

Military Camp on Sibrik Hill

On Sibrik Hill, a little north of Visegrad town, visit the remains and ruins of the old Roman military camp that once flourished on this location.

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Visegrad Info

Upper Castle Entrance Fee for Adults 1400 HUF

Upper Castle Entrance Fee for Children and Seniors 700 HUF

Visit the WAX museum for just a few extra HUF

Opening hours for all Visegrad attractions are different each month

Castle Website

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How to get from Budapest to Visegrad

Visegrad is located about 50 kilometers north of the capital of Hungary, near the border with Slovakia. It’s easy to reach Visegrad on a day trip from Budapest.

By Car

The easiest method to reach the town and castle of Visegrad is by car. Parking is available at the castle, but you have to pay a parking fee of 300 HUF (around 1€) per hour. You can drive from Budapest to Visegrad in an hour by following route 11 North. The distance from Budapest to Visegrad is a little less than 50 kilometers.

Other Ways of getting to Visegrad

It’s possible to get to Visegrad town with a train from Budapest. This trip takes quite a long time. You need to catch a train from the north side of the river in the Nyugati Railway station. It’s also possible to catch a bus from Budapest to Visegrad from the Újpest Városkapu bus terminal. Buses ride every hour and they take you there in little over an hour.

Visegrad town to Visegrad Castle

The climb from Visegrad town up to the castle on the hill is a serious climb. If you don’t have your own car, consider catching either a bus or a taxi from the town to the Visegrad Castle.

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Visegrad Castle History

The Castle on the Visegrad hilltop was built for the first time in the 4th century as a Roman stronghold. Back then it looked very different. The castle was destructed during different wars and invasions. But the Danube Bend location was always the main theatre setting for this stronghold. At some point in history, Visegrad Castle was abandoned and the castle supposedly died.

When King Charles and later King Matthias turned Viségrad into their royal residence in the 14th century, the town became the royal seat of Hungary and gained even more in popularity again. More parts of the castle were finished during this timespan.

Visegrad Castle is also a symbol of peace for Hungary. Actually, it was the location where Hungary and Poland signed a peace treaty in 1335. After that, another peace contract with the former Czech Republic followed. They signed this contract at the same location looking over the beautiful Danube Bend.

Visegrad Castle - Stunning Views over the Danube BendVisegrad Castle - Stunning Views over the Danube Bend - Image by Only Once Today
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Visegrad is just one of many tourist attractions and beautiful sights in Hungary.

The country has over a hundred castles you can visit. Check out other castles like the fairytale castle of Bory and the impressive fortress of Boldogko.

Aside from a city trip to Budapest, you can visit cities like Eger. In Eger, you can actually also visit another castle! Take a road trip to some natural treasures like Lake Balaton and the never-ending grasslands in Hungary.

You can either visit some sights in Hungary during a train trip in Europe. But I must admit that if you want to see more of Hungary, it’s probably your best choice to do it by car.

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Visegrad Castle at the Danube Bend

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