Miskolc: a day trip in the mountains from Budapest

With the exception of Budapest, many cities in Hungary are not well known, although they have a lot to offer. For an escape from the city, consider taking the train to Szentendre, or renting a car and driving to Miskolc.

After getting to Miskolc, you’re going to drive about another hour to get to Boldogkőváralja. It’s a castle up high and absolutely gorgeous. There aren’t many castles in Hungary but the few are found in this area.

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It’s closed Monday-Wednesday in the off season, we didn’t check, so we couldn’t go in. This photo is from summertime.

After exploring here, the next stop is the Diósgyőr Castle. It’s a medieval castle in Miskolc and fairly interesting to explore. The rooms are all quite informative and well done, and it wasn’t busy at all which is always a positive. We were in a rush though, because we have a whippet that likes to poop in her crate if left alone for 10 minutes (dog mom life).

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One of the rooms in the castle

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At the top

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View from top

Next stop was Lillafüred. This little place would be absolutely gorgeous in the summer. There’s Lake Hámori, the Palace Hotel (so pretty), natural caves (Anna Cave, Istvan Cave, and Szeleta Cave), hanging gardens below the hotel, and the largest waterfall in Hungary (20 metres).

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After that, we pondered going back into Miskolc for dinner because there are some great restaurants, but on account of a sleepy puppy, we went back to Budapest, left her at home and went out for dinner.

Sometimes I feel like Budapest lacks nature, because I’m used to so much of it being accessible at home. Miskolc is a great break from the city life that is hard to escape in Budapest.

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