21 of the Most beautiful cities and towns in Hungary

Balaton lake, Hungary
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Hungary is a country in Central Europe and number one in terms of thermal springs. It is a home to Europe’s only bath cave. The only European lake with healing water is that of Hévíz, while Budapest is the only European metropolis which is also a spa resort with more than a hundred thermal springs.

But Hungary is also very rich in the historical sights and beautiful cities and even though it is a landlocked country it also has its own sea with great beaches! Explore all these places in this list of the Most beautiful cities and towns in Hungary.

1. Budapest

There is no better place to start this list with than Budapest. It is the capital city and one of the most visited locations in all of Hungary.

Situated along both banks of the Danube River, Budapest is home to almost 2 million residents; including the metropolitan region, the area is the 7th largest municipality in the European Union. There is so much culture and history that can be found in the city.

Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary by Nicolas Vollmer

2. Hévíz

Known for its spas, the town of Hévíz is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hungary. The local lake for which the town is named after is fed by a wonderful mixture of both hot and cold springs which makes bathing in Hévíz Lake very enjoyable.

The average surface temperature of the water in the lake ranges from 24°C to 38°C throughout the year.

Hévíz Thermal lake in Hungary
Hévíz Thermal lake in Hungary by Heather Cowper

3. Siófok

Along the southernmost banks of the Balaton Lake, one can find the city of Siófok which is known for its lively nightlife and amazing beaches.

Every year, countless people make their way to Siófok to bath in the sun along the shores of the lake and party in the many clubs and discotheques that can be found within the city.

Balaton lake, Hungary
Balaton lake, Hungary by Noval Goya

4. Győr

Located in the northwestern part of the nation, the city of Győr plays an important role in the economy of the nation. Győr is considered to be the sixth largest metropolitan area in the entire nation.

There are many things to see and do when visiting the city. There are a number of museums, bars and restaurants that can keep anyone busy for days.

Town hall in Győr, Hungary
Town hall in Győr, Hungary by Slashme

5. Sopron

The city of Sopron can be found nestled along the border, where Hungary and Austria meet. The city lies along the banks of the Neusiedl Lake.

The city is rich in history as all throughout one can see walls and buildings that date all the way back to the Roman Empire. There is a wealth of buildings which can be dated back to the medieval period in the city as well.

Firewatch Tower from the 12th century, Sopron, Hungary
Firewatch Tower from the 12th century, Sopron, Hungary by János Korom Dr.

6. Balatonfüred

The small town of Balatonfüred can be found situated along the northernmost shorelines of Lake Balaton. It is a popular destination for those who love to go sailing on the weekend.

The area is also a popular fishing spot which offers a number of excellent sport fish to catch. During the summer months, the water temperature is well above 20°C which makes swimming in the lake a pleasure.

Boats in Balatonfüred, Hungary
Boats in Balatonfüred, Hungary by G ambrus

7. Pécs

The city of Pécs is considered to be the fifth largest in the entire country. You can find the city situated comfortably on the Mecsek Mountains slopes.

The area where the city lies has been inhabited by the Celts, the Pannoni and even the Romans. As such, there are many fine sites located throughout the city to visit.

Mosque of Pasha Qasim (now a Church), Pécs, Hungary
Former Mosque of Pasha Qasim (now a Church), Pécs, Hungary by Emmanuel DYAN

8. Eger

There are many fine springs located in the area that surrounds the city of Eger. For centuries people have been making their way to the thermal baths that can be found within the city.

This is evident by the numerous historic buildings and castle that can be found throughout the city.

Eger - view from the Castle, Hungary
Eger – view from the Castle, Hungary by Grzegorz Gołębiowski

9. Debrecen

The second largest city in the whole of Hungary is that of Debrecen. The city has become well known for its flourishing music industry and colleges which are dedicated to the art of music.

Some of the nation’s most successful bands were discovered within the city. Today, inspiring musicians make their way to Debrecen for their big chance to become something big.

Debrecen, Hungary
Debrecen, Hungary by takacsja

10. Szeged

The city of Szeged is known as the third largest in the entire nation. One of the nation’s most distinguished institutes of higher learning can be found within the city, the University of Szeged.

The city is also well known for its open air plays which have been held in the city since 1931.

Szeged, Hungary
Szeged, Hungary by Ian Carroll

11. Keszthely

Located along the westernmost shorelines of Lake Balaton, one can find the city of Keszthely. Keszthely is known as the largest city on the lake and as such offers its visitors many amenities.

It is well known that the area where the city lays today has been inhabited since the days of the Roman Empire which has greatly influenced the local dialects spoken in the city.

Festetics Palace at Keszthely, Hungary
Festetics Palace at Keszthely, Hungary by Heather Cowper

12. Miskolc

With almost 175,000 permanent residents, the city of Miskolc is located in the northern parts of Hungary. The city of Miskolc has grown over the years to become a popular tourist destination.

There are many sites throughout the city that are century’s old. Once here do not miss a visit to its most famous aquapark – Miskolc-Tapolca cave bath.

Miskolc-Tapolca cave bath, Hungary
Miskolc-Tapolca cave bath, Hungary by Hungarian Snow

13. Bük

Situated on the plains near the Répce River, you will find the town of Bük. The oldest structure that still stands in the city is the church which was built back in the 12th century.

There are many other fine examples of ancient architecture that can be found throughout the town, but its main attraction is the spa resort.

Buk Spa resort, Hungary
Buk Spa resort, Hungary by Danubius Health Spa Resort Bük

14. Esztergom

Just northwest of the nation’s capital city, you will find the city of Esztergom nestled along the banks of the Danube River. It is here where the country borders Slovakia.

For more than 250 years, Esztergom was the capital of Hungary and as such, still plays an important role in the nation’s history.

Esztergom, Hungary
Esztergom, Hungary by toldym

15. Sárvár

Situated along the backs of the Rába River, you will find the sleepy little town of Sárvár. Not withstanding the small population of the town, Sárvár is nonetheless a very popular destination in Hungary.

The town is a home to castle and a museum where the first ever published book in the country was made.

Sárvár Castle, Hungary
Sárvár Castle, Hungary by Civertan

16. Mosonmagyaróvár

Located in the northwestern portions of the nation is where you will find the city of Mosonmagyaróvár. For most people, the name’s length can be overly intimidating which is why even the locals simply refer to the city of Mosonmagyaróvár as Óvár.

The city is also home to the famous Hansági Museum which has attracted countless visitors over the years.

Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary
Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary by János Korom Dr.

17. Tihany

Located on the northern shores of the Lake Balaton is where you will find the village of Tihany. The village is situated on a peninsula that shares its name.

The whole area is known as a historical district as there are many ancient buildings in Tihany. The oldest of which is the Benedictine Abbey that was built back in 1055 A.D.

Tihany with Abbey, Balaton, Hungary
Tihany with Abbey, Balaton, Hungary by Peter

18. Szentendre

One of the more popular tourist destinations in the country is the town of Szentendre. Located along the banks of the Danube, just outside of the nation’s capital, the town is home to some of the finest museums in the nation.

Szentendre is known not only for its art galleries, but also for the famous Open-Air Ethnographic Museum that can be found there.

Szentendre, Hungary
Szentendre, Hungary by Hans Põldoja

19. Kecskemét

Kecskemét is a popular stopping point for people who chose to visit Hungary any time of the year.

It is located in a very centralized setting which is almost equal distances to the various destination hotspots in the country; including Szeged Budapest, the Danube River as well as the Tisza River.

Kecskemét, Town hall, Hungary
Kecskemét, Town hall, Hungary by bree88

20. Tata

Nestled snuggly in a valley which can be found between the peaks of the Vértes and the Gerecse Mountains is where you will find the town of Tata.

Located in the northwestern most parts of the country, Tata has grown to become a popular destination in the country over the years because of its peaceful and quiet location.

Castle of Tata, Hungary
Castle of Tata, Hungary by EtelkaCsilla

21. Nyíregyháza

Nyíregyháza is one of the largest cities in Hungary boasting a large spa complex which is just awesome! It consists of natural lake, thermal outdoor swimming pool, bathhouse, water park, and sauna world.

Another great attraction is the local Zoo. It is located about 10 minutes walk from the spa. If you want to go through the all parts of Zoo then you should reserve the whole day.

Nyíregyháza Zoo in Hungary
Nyíregyháza Zoo in Hungary by Szilas

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8 Responses

  1. Valentin says:

    Nice list.
    Although I think there should be some more cities which deserves to be listed as well. Like Szeksfehervar and Veszprem which are very beautiful. I would also recommend Kaposvar, Szigetvar and Szeksard to visit.
    Well, there are many more nice cities in Hungary, but they can not all be in top 21 list.
    Best regards from Croatia!

    • Julius says:

      Hi Valentin, thank you very much for suggesting these places, I will add all of them, so the list will be top 26 then. 🙂 Thank you from Slovakia, all of us love Croatia! Which place are you from? Definitely some seaside resort? 🙂

      • Valentin says:

        I am from Osijek (eastern Croatia). Very far from seaside (400 km at least).
        But I do love to travel to Slovakia and Czech Republic. I hope to visit many places there.

        • Julius says:

          Sorry I missed it in the previous comment… 400km is still less than our 800km 🙂 If you start planning a trip to the most beautiful city n Slovakia, just let me know! 🙂

  2. Ritika says:

    Do we required a visa to visit hungary? We are Indian.

  3. Sabrina says:

    nagyon szep! I’m assuming you’re Hungarian, am I right?
    Love the photos and finally a post about all of Hungary’s beautiful cities! Have been to a few but will have to add the others to the list for the next visit.

    • Julius Szabo says:

      Hi Sabrina, although having Hungarian name I am not Hungarian 🙂 But my father speaks Hungarian and almost the whole family. 🙂 And I know few words as well and thought about starting to learn this language this or next year. At least some basic words and phrases before my round trip to Hungary. 🙂

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