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The Papal Nuncio, well used to pomp and circumstance, headed his letter “From Visegrád, the Paradise on Earth” when, as a guest, he got a close look at the astonishing building. The palace of the great Renaissance ruler, King Mathias (1458-1490) had 350 rooms and was ornamented with red marble fountains. The huge two-storey building was one of the most luxurious royal residences of the age. The Renaissance court of the palace, dug out from debris 15m deep, and the Hercules Fountain which streams wine on holidays, were reconstructed authentically by archaeologists.
Visegrád Castle in Danube bend / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeVisegrád / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeVisegrád Castle / © Hungarian National Tourist Office
The original fountains and sculptures are preserved in the 13th century, five-storey Solomon Tower (Salamon-torony Street). This is one of the oldest and most intact Romanesque dwelling towers of Central Europe. Battle scenes are re-enacted in its yard. The tower is part of the protective works consisting of strong walls connecting the 13th century water bastion on the Danube and the castle on the top of the hill. These defended the royal seat of government, relocated here from Buda in 1316.
 
The Holy Crown was kept for 200 years in the Citadel, built between 1245 and 1255. And the first Central European summit was organised here in 1335, when the Bohemian, Polish and Hungarian kings entered into an economic pact that excluded Vienna. Historical exhibitions are held in the reconstructed halls of the castle, from where there is a wonderful view of the Danube Bend. On the nearby heights there are three notable places of interest: the remains of the Roman military camp built around 330 AD on the Sibrik Hill, the Nagyvillám lookout on the Fekete Hill and the largest excursion centre to be found around the capital, with a summer bobsleigh ride, a yurt camp, a camping site, a forest restaurant, playgrounds and a game preserve on the Mogyoró Hill.
 
In the Apátkút Valley we can find the Ördögmalmi [Devil Mill] Waterfall, the Magda Spring and an ideal picnic place, the Telgárthy Meadow. On the thermal spring of the Lepence Valley a terraced open-air forest bath with a 33m long swimming-pool was built on the hill-side.
 
Further information:http://www.visegrad.hu
 

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