Esztergom, cradle of Hungarian Christianity
As one approaches the city, the view of the third largest Cathedral in Europe and the restored Royal Castle on the Castle Hill will ensure a grand first impression. It is very easy to reach Esztergom by bike, by boat tour on the Danube or by bus from Budapest. The first Hungarian public bike sharing system EBI, guarantees an easy way to discover the city, with 6 bike stations and 60 bikes.
It is quite a climb up the 400 stairs of the Basilica lookout tower, but the view over the city and the neighbouring hills will surely compensate you for your efforts. Visit the largest Hungarian, ecclesiastical collection in the Christian Museum which operates in the Primate's Palace. Rare ceramics, glass paintings, triptychs from the late Middle Ages are on display. Esztergom is rich in secular museums as well. The Hungarian Middle Ages comes to life in the Castle Museum, visitors can get to know the wonderful world of waters and rivers in the Danube Museum. Children will enjoy the hands-on watercraft exhibiton, and the cahnce to view up close, the mechanisms of a water mill from the 18th century. We can walk among model ships and antique furniture in the Balassa Bálint Museum, while we recommend that literature lovers drop in to the Memorial House of the famous Hungarian poet and writer, Mihály Babits who lived and worked in the 20th century. Among others, visitors can wash gold in the Geoda, Mineral and Paleontology Exhibition, and we can puzzle out exciting detective stories in Rejtélyek Házában (House of Mysteries) for which the streets of Esztergom provide the backdrop.
Esztergom is very proud of its beautifully-restored Özicseli Hadzsi Ibrahim Djami which, by the way, is one of the best preserved mosque examples from the former Ottoman Empire.
With the old city walls and the djami nearby, it is worth sipping a coffee or eating a delicious cake in the Djami Café, the scenic view from the terrace of the coffee house over the Danube is a big plus.
Having regained your energy in fun bath complex, Aquasziget a visit to Prímás Cellar Visitor Centre can crown your day in the city. This visitor centre displays traditional tools and memories of viticulture. Naturally we can taste wines from different wine regions or combine with a supper.
Great accommodation, from hotels to guesthouses locally or in the neighbouring region, can make your Danube Bend stay a thouroughly relaxing affair!