Esztergom is an interesting city in Danube bend. It is located North from Budapest, and it is the end of the Danube bend area and here the Danube flows to East West direction (or West East to be precise) not North South direction as most the areas in Hungary, from Esztergom to Baja. I worked here in Esztergom one and a half years on a project and here proposed my girlfriend as well. You can guess this is not an ugly place.
It is especially interesting as one tour from Budapest it is possible to check three interesting targets (Szentendre, Visegrad, Esztergom) from Budapest in the Danube bend in the same direction. Szentendre is the closest to Budapest around 25km, after coming Visegrad (a must see) around 45km and after Esztergom (around 60km).
Esztergom situated in the Danube bend area which is characterized by the Danube, hills, caves and islands, with significant natural values. The very popular Pilis hills just started at the borders of Esztergom. There are lots of green areas around as it is usual in this part of Hungary. Esztergom is not a big city but bigger than Visegrad the other very popular city in the Danube bend.
Esztergom’s main attractions
Esztergom is not a big city, but despite that it is rich in different types of attractions. The inner city is very nice with the Casthedral, the Castle, several museums and there is a smaller Danube branch with a longish shape island as well. The city has a historic atmosphere.
The Esztergom cathedral is the biggest cathedral in Hungary (and the highest building in all Hungary). The height of the Cathedral is 100m, the area is 5660 m2 (6700 square yards). Not many bigger clerical building can be found in Europe, except the St Peter’s in Rome, the St Paul’s in London, the Koln dome and the Milan’s dome as far as I know. The building is quite visible almost from everywhere in the neighborhood. The current classicist building was designed by Jozsef Hild. The first Cathedral was built by St Stephen the first King of Hungary, the original building was destroyed by a fire in 1180. In the 16th century the Turks has demolished and used as a Mosque. Later the stored ammo exploded and almost the whole building disappeared.
Kis Duna (Little Danube)
The Danube has a smaller branch which creates an island next to Esztergom. It looks like a channel, bordered by huge plane trees, there are many boats on the surface of the water, and it has a very nice atmosphere.
Aquasziget Esztergom – Esztergom Aqua-island bath
The Esztergom open bath is located next to the Danube on the small longish island. The bath is quite enjoyable with green areas, catering services and several pools and slides. There are external and internal pools as well. In the summer heat it is very useful.
Location: Esztergom, Táncsics Mihály u. 5, 2500
Telephone: (30) 994 9288
Esztergom inner city
The inner city of Esztergom is very nice. The street has a historic feel, the atmosphere is quite nice relaxed, peaceful. Usually no crowd here. There are huge trees in most places.
Esztergom inner city Sewage Manhole cover
Statue in the inner city.
Maria Valeria bridge and Parkany (Sturovo)
The Maria Valeria bridge over the Danube connects the areas of Esztergom and Parkany. Parkany is a smaller city on the Slovakian side. It has 11,100 inhabitants, mostly Hungarians as well. There was a settlement here even in the Roman times. It has a popular thermal bath, especially it was popular because it was very cheap, I don’t know the situation now. The Garam spring joins the Danube river here. There are some smaller hills up to 400m height. It is the Southest settlement in current Slovakian area. Apart from the bath the city center and the Danube bank are the most popular sites here. The bridge is quite windy compare to what I used to in most places in Hungary. The Danube is natural wind corridor, which is a good thing.
Here we can check many collections from the 12-20th centrury including paints, coins, sculptures, icons, graphical collections from different artists from Germany, Austria, Netherlands, italy and Hungary.
Location: 2500 Esztergom Mindszenty hercegprimás tere 2.
It is in the Main Cathedral.
Location: 2500 Esztergom Szent István tér 1.
National museum’s Castle musem
Location: 2500 Esztergom Szent István tér 1.
Location: Esztergom, Kölcsey Ferenc u. 2, 2500
Telephone: (33) 500 250
The Palatinus lake is a very popular lake in Esztergom Dorog area. Half of the lake is beach in summer, the other side of the lake is used for diving. Even an old boat was sunk here, which was found in the Danube. The water of the lake is very clear.
Esztergom has several very nice restaurants mainly next to the Danube and in the inner city near the Cathedral.
Cím: 2500 Esztergom, Szent István tér 4.
Telephone: +36 33 541-965 ·
Cím: Esztergom, Batthyány Lajos u. 9, 2500
Telephone: (33) 412 420
Cím: 2500 Esztergom, Helischer József út 2
Telephone: (70) 521 2135
Nautilus boat bar
Cím: 2500 Esztergom,
Telephone: +36 30/642-69-53, +36 33/313 942
Cím: 2500 Esztergom, Dorogi út 5–7.
Telephone: (33) 435 272
Cím: Esztergom, Pázmány Péter u. 21, 2500
Telefon: (33) 311 212
Cím: It is in the hills called Vaskapu
Telefon: +36 30 335 3325 (Hunor Gábor)
Cím: Esztergom, Nagy Duna stny. 2., 2500
Telefon: (33) 403 838
Esztergom’s natural values
Esztergom is located at the foot of the very nice Pilis hills, and part of the Danube bend as well. There are many green areas, forests, hills, lakes around with significant wildlife.
There are not many Hotels in Esztergom, but there are plenty in the neighborhood.
Bellevue Hotel ****
80 rooms in the Bubanat valley (not in the center, but not far in a beautiful area) with nice view on the Danube bend.
Location: Esztergom/Búbánatvölgy, Őrtorony u. 49, 2500
Telefon: +36 (33) 510 810
Hotel Grante ***
11 rooms, for 35 people, very popular, and highly rated, but it is a 3 star Hotel.
Location: Esztergom, Dorogi út 5, 2509
Telefon: (33) 435 272
Hotel Saint Adalbert ***
In the center under the Cathedral and the Castle. 39 rooms for 79 people, there are apartmans and smaller rooms as well.
Location: +36 33 541 972
Telefon: +36 33 541 972
Esztergom Hotel ***
Location: Prímás island, HRSZ: 16332,
Telefon: (33) 412 555
Roza Hotel ***
Location: Esztergom, Táti út 28, 2500
Telefon: +36 (33) 630 005
Boutique Hotel Atrium
Location: 2500, Esztergom, Bajcsy Zsillinszky u. 29.
Telefon: +36 (33) 402-196
Interesting Hotels nearby
This area is very pleasant at the both side of the Danube. This is why many nice hotels here as well, some of the with thermal water or wellness services, or without. Some of them is a very nice forest or valley, others in the city center. Mostly green the main dominant color at these places though.
Oreg halasz Hotel and restaurant ***
Location: 2534 Tát, Fő út 2.
Telefon: +36 33 444 592.
Thermal Hotel Visegrad ****
Szent Orbán Forest wellness Nagybörzsöny-Kóspallag ****
Inside the Börzsöny hill forest, the Hotel built from wood material, 60 rooms for 148 person