Bucket Checklist: Prime 15 Finest Issues to Do in Miskolc, Hungary
Miskolc Bucket List: Best Things to Do and Amazing Places in Miskolc, Hungary
M.Iskolc is a city in northeast Hungary and is best known for its factories and industries. In addition to the plants and factories, this city also has boundless beech-covered hills in the background.
Diosgyor Castle, which used to be a summer resort for Hungary’s license fees, is one of the city’s main landmarks and hosts numerous medieval carnivals and reenactments in the summer. But there are more attractions in Miskolc that can fit into your weekend schedule. Here are our 15 best things to do in Miskolc:
1. Admire Diosgyor Castle
The medieval castle of Diosgyor in Hungary. Photo via Depositphotos
Diosgyor Castle, about eight kilometers from the city center, was built in the mid-14th century by Ludwig I of Hungary on the slopes of the Bukk Mountains. Since its inception, the castle has been passed down to generations of six different queens, hence the nickname “Caste of Queens”.
These days, several games and festivals are held in Diosgyor Castle during the summer.
2. Immerse yourself in one of the Miskolctapolca cave baths
Miskolctapolca Cave Bath Photo via Depositphotos
One thing not to be missed on your Hungarian bucket list is swimming in a thermal cave bath. Imagine swimming in warm water in a maze of canals that lead through glowing caves. What makes these radiant baths so unique is that they are natural and different areas have different water temperatures.
You can actually spend a full day here – a large outdoor pool, wellness center, children’s playground, drinks, and restaurants – just bring your own flip flops and towels.
3. Ride a scenic forest train
Lillafured Forest Train from Szalax via Wikipedia CC
If you are planning on visiting Lillafured (we’ll talk about that later), your best bet is to take a forest train ride. This train meanders through the forest and Bukk Mountains, adding a fairytale experience to your trip.
In the low season, the train only operates on weekends, but in summer it can run every day.
4. Visit Lillafured
Lillafured Palace in autumn photo via Depositphotos
Just 30 minutes from Miskolc you will find this picturesque town in the Bukk National Park. It’s a charming resort that has been around since the beginning of the 20th century.
Here you will find a finger-like lake, a 20-meter waterfall, restaurants and the Palace Hotel, designed by Kalman Lux in a brilliant Renaissance style in the late 1920s.
A beautiful terraced bush extends over the foothills, which deserves an individual entry in our list.
Other attractions include a narrow-gauge railway, a natural limestone cave, strips of beech and oak forests and a small museum.
5. Stroll the terraced gardens in Lillafured
Terrace gardens in Lillafured by Szalax – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC
Near the hotel, the Lillafured Gardens flow down the hills between the Garadna and Szinva rivers. There you will also find the 20 meter high waterfall, the highest in the country.
Each terrace is named. For example, you will find the “Terrace of Youth and Gatherings” which is dedicated to an outdoor entertainment area and a children’s playground.
There is also the Sculpture’s Terrace, an open-air exhibition space where you can find public art installations and sculptures.
6. Cool off at the Lillafured Waterfall
Lillafured waterfall CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia
When you look at this idyllic waterfall, you will be forgiven for being all natural. The construction of the Palace Hotel meant that the Szinva Stream had to be diverted, creating a 20-meter-long artificial waterfall, which was also the highest waterfall (artificial or natural) in Hungary.
Fall changes as the seasons come and go. There is a loud discharge in spring, but in August there is only a gossip trickle, while in winter everything is frozen.
7. Ride a wooden boat on Lake Hamori
Hamori Lake in Lillafured, Hungary by Robert Nagy via Flickr CC
Lake Hamori was formed when the Garadna and Szinva streams were blocked to steadily supply water to the iron furnace in the town of Lillafured.
It stretches for about 1.5 kilometers and has a scenic promenade where you can rent a paddle boat or row boat. In summer you can also rent a bike.
8. Check into the Otto Herman Museum
Photo of the Otto Herman Museum via Wikipedia CC BY 2.5, CC
This museum was named after the famous 19th century sage Otto Herman and is the largest in Miskolc. It contains a collection from the Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen district. The main building is mainly devoted to Hungarian art nouveau and baroque painting, which is arranged chronologically.
Start with the works of well-known Hungarian painters like Adam Manyoki and Jakab Bogdany from the 17th and 18th centuries and climb to romantics like Mihaly Munkacsy until you reach the birth of modern art in Hungary.
9. Admire the architecture and design of the Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Orthodox Church and Museum, Miskolc By Szalax – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC
This Greek Orthodox church was built in the 19th century in the Baroque braid style and is the largest iconostasis in all of Central Europe.
It is one of the most remarkable structures in Miskolc and shows more than 80 murals from the life of Jesus.
10. Visit the Pannonian Sea Museum
Pannonian Sea Museum from Midmar via Wikipedia CC
The Pannonian Sea Museum, renovated in 2013, takes you on a journey back in time to the prehistoric era of the Pannonian Sea. It is believed that present-day Hungary was submerged by the sea two million years ago.
The museum displays the petrified cypress trees from seven million years ago and other artifacts of ancient animals and plants.
11. Tour the wine cellars
Visit the northern hills of Avas Mountain in the center of Miskolc, where you will find over 900 wine cellars that are between 200 and 300 years old.
The wines are made from some of the best grapes you can find anywhere else.
12. Look at the wooden church
Wooden church, Miskolc Von Serinde – Own work, CC BY 2.5, CC
This wooden church was built on the site of an arson attack in 1938, which was also built on the site of another wooden church from the 18th century.
The current version of the church was built in 1999 but looks modern and has intricately engraved, neat decoration, while most of the church is made of pine and larch.
13. Visit the zoo
Miskolc Zoo by Ovidiu Barbudisca via Flickr CC
The Miskolc Zoo is the oldest of its kind in Hungary and has existed since the 14th century. It is home to various species of animals such as wild cats, brown bears, kookaburras, buffalo, patas monkeys, and more.
14. Climb up the Miskolc-Avas TV Tower
Miskolc-Avas TV Tower via Wikipedia CC
This breathtaking structure was built in the Soviet era and is located south of Miskolc. It was completed in 1966 by Gyorgy Voros and Miklos Hofer. Today the tower offers a great view of Miskolc.
15. Take part in the meat and jelly festival
When winter comes to an end, usually in February or March, Miskolc residents usually host the event with a folk festival called the Meat-Jelly Festival. You can also attend if you are in town at that time.
Miskolc travel and tour packages
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