What to See in Miskolc, Hungary

Diósgyőr – Quite the popular tourist destination, Diósgyőr is a historical town that now has become part of Miskolc. The partially renovated castle ruins at Diósgyőr used to be a favorite vacation spot for many of Hungary’s royalty. The first castle in this spot was built in the 1100’s, but destroyed in a Mongol invasion. The one standing now was rebuilt at the same location of the first one in the 13th century. A trip inside the castle offers several exhibitions, including a medieval weapons exhibit and some early archaeological findings from the region.

Cave Bath – The Cave Bath is a thermal bath located inside a cave in Miskolctapolca, in Miskolc. The water stays around 86°F (30°C), throughout the year, and is popular among locals and tourists alike for its relaxing and medicinal benefits. It has a reputation of curing joint pain, and since the salt content is much lower than other natural thermal baths, bathers can stay in the water much longer. Outside the Cave Bath is a beautiful park and a boating lake.

Gothic Protestant Church of Avas – The Gothic Protestant Church of Avas was built as a Romanesque-style church, and later it was expanded to a larger Gothic-style church. Avas is the name for an area in Miskolc based on the Avas hill in the center of town. The Gothic Protestant Church of Avas is located on the northern part of the hill, close to downtown Erzsébet Square. There are still signs of the Ottoman Turks setting the church on fire from back in 1544.

Szinvapark Mall – Szinvapark Mall is a modern shopping mall located in downtown Miskolc near Miskolc Plaza. Enjoy such things as shopping, bowling, catching a movie, and even gambling. The mall is actually two buildings that straddle Szinva stream, its namesake. The two buildings are connected by a beautifully-constructed enclosed glass bridge.

Anna Cave– There are so many caves in and around the Miskolc area. From caves under the Church of Avas used to store wine, to the caves with thermal waters, there are many different caves to see. One of the best to see is Anna Cave, located in Lillafüred, which has the Szinva waterfall located near the cave entrance. The Szinva waterfall is noted as being Hungary’s longest waterfall, with a height of 20 meters.

Lillafüred – Though part of the city of Miskolc, it is actually about 12 miles away. It is a popular resort area, and is where the Anna Cave, Szeleta Cave, and István Cave are located. The famous Palace Hotel with its beautiful Hanging Gardens are both also found here.

National Theatre of Miskolc – The first and oldest theatre building in Hungary, it hosts the International Opera Festival there every year with famous international opera stars.

Wooden Church– The Wooden Church of Miskolc was originally erected in 1724 and stood until 1937, when it was rebuilt and that one lasted until arson destroyed it in 1997. The one that replaced it and stands now is an exact replica and was completed in 1999. You might think churches are not that interesting, but don’t forget our churches in Europe are more remarkable and older than in the U.S. Sorry, but they are! Besides, Americans have more religions going on, while 90% of Hungarians are Christians, so churches are important cultural and historical places where everyone goes to on Sundays.