From its courtyard, you can admire the wonderful panorama of the Danube Bend - as did several Hungarian kings and their courts. The castle still emanates the atmosphere of historical times.
The crown is stolen
Visegrád’s fort system was built by Béla IV from his wife’s dowry after the 13th century attack by the Tatars. Visegrád became the country’s capital during the 14th century reign of Charles Robert of the Anjou dynasty. The king had the main symbol of the Hungarian Kingdom, the Holy Crown, brought here and this is where he hosted Czech King John and Polish King Casimir in 1335 at the famous Kings’ Summit to sign a political and economic alliance. This is the origin of the name of today’s political alliance of the region’s countries: the “Visegrád States” (Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary). You could even be guests at the Kings’ feast in one of the halls of the wax museum. A daring story of theft is also linked to the castle: in 1440, the chambermaid of the widowed Queen Elisabeth of Luxembourg, Mrs. John Kottaner stole the Holy Crown to have Elisabeth’s newborn son crowned with it. Together with her helpers, the chambermaid filed the padlocks off the door of the treasure chamber in the pentagonal tower of the citadel, and smuggled the crown out of the castle, sewn into a red velvet pillow. A copy of the crown is still on display today at the permanent Holy Crown exhibition on the site.