Veszprem, North of Lake Balaton
Just 10 miles from Lake Balaton lies the City of Queens, one of Hungary's most charming and vibrant towns with festivals all year around.
The favourite place of the country's first King Istvan (Stephen) I. and his wife Gizella, when the city had its heydays during the reign of the first royal couple.
The well preserved 18th-century baroque Castle District stands in the charming town centre. The town also has a very nice zoo with a dinosaurus park and a huge stadium where concerts and sport events held regularly.
According to local legend, Veszprém was founded on seven hills, like Rome.
On our Budapest-Veszprem tour we will be exploring the scenic Bakony hills surrounding the town.
King Stephen I. defeated the armies of his chief opponent, Koppány, near Veszprém in an effort to make Hungary a Christian nation. Hence, Veszprém became the seat of the first Episcopal Seat in 1009.
It was completely destroyed during the course of the long Turkish occupation, the Habsburg-Turkish battles, and the subsequent Hungarian-Austrian independence skirmishes. The reconstruction of Veszprém commenced in the early 18th century, though the castle itself, blown up by the Austrians in 1702, was never rebuilt.
The baroque character of that era today attracts thousands of visitors who pass through each year.
We are organising private tours from Budapest, write to us if interested or if you are in the area already and wish to have a guided tour by a local professional tour guide please get in touch:
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