The northern reaches of Hungary offer the height of civilization in Budapest as well as natural wonder in the hills and greenscapes of the Danube River valley and the mystery of the underworld within Aggtelek National Park. There are also several flourishes in the region left by the Romans.
The marriage of the two cities on either side of the Danube, Buda and Pest, has produced good tidings for travelers for years. The city dates to the third or fourth century B.C. and still bears the footprints and fingerprints of Celtic predecessors. For the beauty of the old world, visit Castle Hill on the Buda side of the Danube. It's a place the Royal Palace, the National Gallery, and grand promenades and majestic courts where you can rest weary feet in fountains while scanning the stately stone buildings around you. The Gellert Hill area is also known for its warm springs, and the baths and spas are another attraction for visitors. When you're ready for a return to the modern world, cross the chain bridge to the modern side of the city. There, in the Pest region, is the commercial heart of the city as well as the Hungarian National Museum, Hungary's oldest church (Belvarosi Templom) and other treasures.
The caves of Aggtelek Karst in Aggtelek National Park, just across the border with Slovakia, are a UNESCO World Heritage site and harbor the largest stalactite cave in Europe at Baradla. The caves were formed over 50 million years ago and burrow miles and miles beneath the surface, displaying the eerie beauty found only in the depths. Archaeologists have found evidence that the caves were used as for burial and shelter dating to Neolithic times, and some are used today for medical purposes including the treatment of asthma and other breathing disorders. There is also a monastery and church in the park.
The Hungarian cottages will let you recharge and recount your day as you prepare for the next one.
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