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Religious Sights

From churches to cathedrals, synagogues and abbeys – Hungary is home to hundreds of beautiful religious locations and sights. These buildings take visitors back to different ages in history, and carry the marks of events such as the foundation of the Hungarian state, coronations, the Reformation and the era of the Ottoman rule.

Saint Stephen’s Basilica is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical sights in the country and is the third-tallest building in Hungary, where visitors can enjoy a wonderful 360° panorama from its lookout tower.


Matthias Church is the gemstone of the Castle District with its snow-white, lacework tower and a roof covered with colourful tiles made by the Zsolnay factory.


The Dohány utca Synagogue is the second largest synagogue in the world, while the cathedral on Castle Hill in Esztergom is the largest church in Hungary.


The Hungarian declaration of independence was read out by Lajos Kossuth in the Reformed Great Church in Debrecen, and the almost 1,000-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Benedictine abbey on the Tihany peninsula is a must-see: it’s the jewel of Lake Balaton.


Gül Baba ‘– the father of roses’ – was already an icon when he was alive, and his tomb was built in the 16th century. The Footsteps of the Wonder Rabbis is a pilgrimage that leads us into the Jewish heritage of northern Hungary.

St. Stephen's Basilica

The basilica is one of the most frequently photographed Hungarian tourist attractions and hides thousands of secrets. It was built for 54 years; 3 famous architects left their mark on the building.

Matthias Church

The popular name commemorates the royal wedding of King Matthias I held here – a relief depicting his coat of arms was found during the excavation works. The official name of the building, however, is the Church of the Assumption of Buda Castle.

Reformed Great Church of Debrecen

Discover the Reformed Great Church of Debrecen, the second largest Hungarian city, also called the Calvinist Rome. The iconic building is also an important site from an ecclesiastical, historical and cultural perspective.

Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its natural environment

A key national memorial site, the Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its surroundings, located near Hungary's Northern border, also has outstanding significance in terms of global heritage.

Tihany Abbey

Sometimes, when you visit Lake Balaton, you should say no to freshwater swimming or try resisting lake-side delicacies, as the area offers countless beautiful and enjoyable sights to visit.

Esztergom Basilica

Esztergom plays a key role in Hungary’s history in many ways: this is the birthplace of the country's founding king, St Stephen I who gave the town archdiocese rank and made it the centre of the Catholic church in Hungary.

Dohány Street Synagogue

The Dohány Street Synagogue of Budapest is not only the largest Hebrew temple of Europe but its surroundings are like a small island with a fabulous atmosphere, full of exhibitions, synagogues, cemeteries and memorials.

Tomb of Gül Baba

The Tomb of Gül Baba is a monument located in Buda near Margaret Island that dates from the time of the Turkish occupation. This is the most remote sacred site of Islamic culture north of the Ottoman Empire, and the only functioning Muslim pilgrimage destination in the territory of Christian Europe. 

Footsteps of the Wonder Rabbis

The Footsteps of the Wonder Rabbis is Hungary’s longest pilgrimage route. The 150 kilometre route passes through 10 towns, exploring the Jewish monuments and built heritage of the Tokaj-Hegyalja region.

Krishna Valley – where body and soul can rest

Are you curious about what experiences a Krishna village might give you? Visit the Indian Culture Centre and Biofarm on the border of Somogyvámos, which is exciting even if you are not a Krishna devotee. You can sign up for a gardening or meditation workshop or take part in a atmospheric Indian festival.

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