The Basilica of Esztergom
The Basilica of Esztergom, situated on the Castle Hill, is the largest church in Hungary, the cathedral of the Hungarian Catholic Church. The most beautiful view to this masterpiece of Hungarian classicism is from the of Mary Valeria Bridge on the Danube. The church on the top and the adjacent medieval castle are the dominant sight of the Danube Bend.
The Treasury of the Cathedral
The Treasury of the Cathedral is the richest ecclesiastical treasury of Hungary, with its world-class collection of jewelry and textiles. The treasury presents art treasures and objects from the 11th century to the present. Originally, all the objects exhibited were proclaimed for worship by the Church.
There are 57 stairs leading down to the crypt of the cathedral. The grandiose building was designed by architect János Packh. As we arrive down the crypt, we are greeted by two huge statues, painted by Viennese sculptor Andreas Schroth, representing Passing and Eternal Life. Remaining from the old cathedral, there are several valuable tombs in the crypt, the most interesting are the tomb of archbishop János Vitéz (1472) and archbishop Dénes Széchy (1465).
The Bakócz Chapel
Most valuable monument of the cathedral, dating back in the renaissance, the Bakócz chapel is the most beautiful of the few remaining renaissance works of Hungary. Tamás Bakócz (1442-1521) was a great cardinal and chancellor with great wealth and influence. His red-marble chapel was designed by Andrea Ferrucci of Florence, and he carved the altar from Carrara white marble.
The fascinating view off the dome is a must-see element during a visit to the basilica. Yet alone getting into the dome is very adventurous. Climbing up the narrow spiral stairs, you’ll already enjoy a fantastic view on the way to the look-out area around the dome’s waist. There is no elevator, one has to overcome 400 stairs, but the panorama will compensate for the effort.
Esztergom Castle Museum
The Castle of Esztergom stands on a hill at the right bank of the Danube, with a height of more than fifty meters. The Castle is an outstanding place in the medieval history of Hungary. The Castle Theater, the Esztergom Castle Museum – part of the Hungarian National Museum, and the waxworks (Panoptikum) are also in the southern part of the castle hill.
The Christian Museum of Esztergom
The Christian Museum has the richest collection of the Hungarian Church, a national museum, that can be seen on the second floor of the Primate Palace.
Balassa Bálint Museum
The museum building is located on Pázmány Péter street. The single-story building built in the 18th century was a county council until 1830. The people of Esztergom often call it like that. There is a stone exhibition in the courtyard.
The Danube Museum
The Danube Museum is a baroque building built in the 1730s, in the so-called Chapter House in Esztergom. This surprisingly interesting (and quite high-tech) museum has exhibits on all aspects of the history of Hungary’s greatest river, including its mighty floods and how to control them best. With all the hands-on exhibits, it’s a great place for kids.
The Babits Villa
The Babits Villa is located on a hill (Előhegy) in Esztergom. Mihály Babits (1883-1941) is one of the most important poets of 20th century Hungarian literature. On the wall of the villa you can see the signatures of Babits’ contemporaries, friends, writers, poets, artists.
The Dark Gate
The Esztergom Dark Gate is actually a tunnel under the Castle Hill built before the Basilica. Its length is about 90 meters. At one end is the Seminary, and the at the other end, the Pázmány Péter Catholic University’s Vitéz János faculty. The tunnel follows the line of the former rampart along the east wall.
The water of the Aquasiget Esztergom Water Park and Spa is drained from the well of St Steven (B-5 OKK), which is classified as: NATURAL HEALING WATER. The water is rich in calcium, magnesium and carbonates. Suitable for relieving musculoskeletal, gynecological, and post-operative complaints.