Esztergom, the jewel of the Danube Bend
We recently spent a wonderful weekend in the city of Esztergom.
In addition to relaxing, there was time to explore the city, to participate in the festival taking place there, and we also visited the spa. Well, let's not run so far ahead.
Our accommodation was in the newly opened Grand Hotel Esztergom, next to the spa. It is a perfect place to relax, directly overlooking the Basilica with a fairytale-like panorama, or with a view of the wonderful forest behind it.
I loved the macarons what were placed in our room as a welcome gift, but that wasn't even the coolest and most interesting thing, but the hotel's own little robot at the entrance. She's so cute, she says hello, says her name, and answers basic questions like where the spa is. So cute.
I've traveled the world, but I've never seen anything like this! But it will probably be the future!
If you have seen this somewhere, write it in the comments!
After unpacking, we set out to explore the city, the downtown is characterized by beautiful buildings and cozy streets, my favorite was Széchenyi Square and its surroundings, we also found a great wine bar here, where we could eat a great cheese plate with delicious wines, but there are many other cozy places with a terrace. here.
When we were there, there was a festival with concerts and various programs, so the city was packed, but that's okay, I like the hustle and bustle.
The Little Danube Promenade is also very cozy, with lots of trees providing shade, which was extremely useful in the 32 degrees, here retro-lovers can even rent a bike carriage and ride along the waterfront.
Esztergom's best-known attraction, the largest church in our country and also the cathedral of the Hungarian Catholic Church, the Esztergom Basilica has been standing on Castle Hill since 1869, the date of its official handover. It was built for 47 years.
It is not only beautiful from the outside but also from the inside. I've seen it many times from the outside, but now we finally went inside.
It is interesting that above the main altar is the world's largest painting on a single canvas, namely Grigoletti's " Assumption of Mary ", which was made in 1856, based on a painting by Titian .
Visiting the church is free, but if you want to see the treasury or the bell tower, you have to buy an entrance ticket.
Walking behind the Basilica offers an unparalleled view of the city of Esztergom, the Danube and the Slovakian city of Párkány. From here you can see all these things at the same time, the sight is really unique!
On the right side of the Basilica stands Miklós Melocco's huge, nearly twelve-meter-high work, the statue entitled "The Coronation of Saint Stephen". It was erected in 2001, but interestingly, I have never seen it until now. The work depicts King István with his back to the Danube, while the crowning bishop places a crown on his head. The statue seems very monumental. It is particularly interesting that the statue was inaugurated on August 15, 2001, the anniversary of King István's death.
We also visited the Aquasziget adventure spa in Esztergom, we were there for half a day, but you could spend a whole day in this huge spa. There is a wave pool, a whirlpool, a wellness area with saunas and a steam bath, plus there are also slides and, of course, a view of the Basilica. The slides were my favorites, especially the outdoor ones, I slided down on them several times, but it was also nice to relax in the hot water pool.
I hope I will also enjoy your weekend in Esztergom as i did!
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