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Bük - Sárvár for Explorers - 5 days

Episcopal PalaceSzombathelyBük - Sárvár
How long it takes?
5 days
Best vehicle choice for this plan:
public transport
This region is famous for:
Baths, Spas  and Beaches
Thermal baths, Spas and Healing resources
Castles, Forts, Palaces
Culture and monuments
Bük - Sárvár
Day 1

The Sárvár Spa and Wellness Bath offers healing relaxation, with an exciting adventure pool and with an exclusive sauna world.

The Spa and Wellness Bath in Sárvár is open every day of the year, and visitors of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy the medicinal water. In the family adventure bath even the littlest ones can experience the joys of paddling, but the many types of pools and winding slides are fun for all ages. The pools in the outdoor relaxation area are a pleasant temperature, the exclusive sauna world, which is an oasis of tranquillity, promises physical and mental refreshment and the spa wing helps cure sore joints and rheumatic complaints. Visit the Sárvár Spa and enjoy the healing bubbles. 

Nádasdy Castle – one of the best preserved Renaissance palaces in Hungary

The construction of the Nádasdy Castle in Sárvár only began in the late 13th century but it saw its heyday when it was owned by the Nádasdy family in the 16th and 17th centuries. This long history provides the basis for diverse exhibitions: you can see famous works of glass art at the glass exhibition, there is an exhibition presenting the everyday life of the most Hungarian of military units, the Hussars, and you can also discover how furniture styles changed over the centuries and even see the Nádasdy clock, the only work of art belonging to the family that once owned the castle. The ceremonial hall is perhaps the most impressive sight: it is one of the most imposing Hungarian Baroque interiors in the country with its dazzling murals and stuccos. If you are interested in Renaissance history, you can immerse yourself in it here. 

Day 2

Paddle, relax, heal and slip into the bubbles in the Bükfürdő Thermal & Spa Complex.

In the second largest spa in Hungary, you are sure to find the right activity for you: this complex has a spa and beach bath, a slide park, an adventure bath, a sauna world and a medical wellness section. Indulge in the inviting temptation of the wide variety of pools, race down the colourful, winding chutes of the slide park, unwind in the soft whirlpool, or indulge in the sweet experience of relaxation in the tepidarium, the steam baths or the many different saunas. Be part of a real physical and mental rejuvenation and also try the inviting spa and wellness treatments.  

Centuries of holiness in the Parish Church of St. Clement

Visit the Parish Church of St. Clement in Bük, where you can admire fabulous Roman, Gothic and Baroque details. The construction of the church began in the 13th century, and you can see fragments of murals from these times inside. The rest of the wall paintings date from around the 1700s, when almost the entire building was remodelled in Baroque style. This captivating sacred site is a single-nave, side-chapel building, and you can also admire the spectacular main altarpiece made by Ferenc Storno Sr. Did you know that the eponym of this parish church, the martyr St. Clement, is one of the earliest saints of the Church? 

Day 3

Travel through time at the Jurisics Castle, where the bell rings at 11 a.m.

Jurisics Castle, one of the most famous sights of Kőszeg, takes you back in time. The lower castle and inner castle, once surrounded by moats, were originally built in the Gothic style, but the proud building now bears the hallmarks of the Renaissance and Baroque styles as well. The castle was named after its best-known captain, Miklós Jurisics, who opposed the besieging Turkish armies for 25 days with a handful of his troops. The church bell still rings at 11 o’clock to commemorate this. Learn about the medieval weapons in an interactive way and marvel at the stunning Renaissance arcade corridor. View valuable artworks of the time preserved in the Golden Room and admire the historic town centre from the west tower.  

Make friends with nature at the meeting of the Carpathian Basin and the Alps

The István Bechtold Nature Conservation Visitor Centre was built on a concept unlike any other in Hungary: learn about the unparalleled wildlife at the meeting point of the Carpathian Basin and the Alps. While on the institution’s ground floor you can learn about the plants and wildlife of the Kőszeg Mountains, the gallery flies you into the world of birds, where you can also learn, for example, how to prevent bird accidents. The permanent and temporary exhibitions at the centre draw your attention to the beauties of nature, while also trying to encourage an environmentally conscious lifestyle. Come and visit the adventure trail running around the imposing building, where you can get closer to nature in a playful way.  

Day 4

You will be delighted by the charming chapel and the magnificent view from St. Vid Mountain

St. Vid Mount, which rises in the Kőszeg Mountains, is considered to be one of the most famous archaeological sites in Central Europe, which is no wonder: it was already a significant city in the Bronze Age and was later home to a watchtower in the Roman Empire. Then Avars lived in the area, and Miklós Jurisics fought here against the Turks. This whitewashed, red-roofed, charming Baroque chapel, which gained its present form in 1859, has been standing here for centuries. Admire the Zopf-style pulpit, the dazzling statue of St. Vid, the image of the Assumption of Mary, the Baroque main altar, and the side altar of Our Lady of Sorrows. You'll get a stunning view over a gorgeous panorama as you walk out of the chapel. 

Old times come to life along the row of thatched roofed cellars in Cák

One of the most special sights of the Kőszeg Mountains is located in this small village at the foot of the Alps: you will surely be enchanted by the protected, small, thatched roofed wine cellars of Cák that recall the days of yore. In the cellar row, which is now a small open-air museum, you can get a first-hand insight into the world of viticulture and winemaking: in the open-air ethnographic museum you can see grape presses and other wine-making tools, and even an interesting cooperage exhibition. Most of these cellars, which are covered with clay, were built from oak and chestnut beams in the early 19th century, and some of them also have huge, painted presses and fruit racks.  

Eye-catching landscape on the Austrian-Hungarian border: the Írottkő lookout tower

The special feature of Írottkő, the highest peak of Transdanubia and Burgenland, is that the Írottkő-Geschriebenstein Nature Park is the first nature park crossing the Austrian-Hungarian border. One of the main attractions of the area is the stunning landscape. You will see this for yourself when you spot the orchard groves, the fragrant vineyards, the catchment of the Gyöngyös stream, the many rippling ponds and the excitingly winding hiking routes. Take a trip to the 884-metre-high Írottkő lookout tower, which is right on the border: in one half of the building you are still in Hungary, and in the other you will step over to Austria.

Day 5

Admire the Episcopal Palace, the most beautiful late Baroque building in Hungary

One of the most magnificent late Baroque buildings in Hungary, Szombathely’s Episcopal Palace, built in 1783, promises many impressive sights. Stroll through the dazzling marble stairs, admire the huge paintings, the historical halls and the rooms. The decorated two-door Baroque cabinet, the walnut-carved sofa, the antique gilded chandelier, the Yellow Salon shining in yellow silk wallpaper, the ornate Venetian mirror and the monumental frescoes will all enchant you. However, the fabulous ballroom will surely be your favourite. Its elegant, restrained colour scheme makes it one of the most beautiful early Classicist artworks.  

Wander through the flourishing botanical specialties in the Kámon Arboretum.

You will drop into a real urban oasis if you choose to visit the Kámon Arboretum: this place is a miracle in itself. More than 3,200 plants provide a stunningly harmonious cavalcade of colours and scents here. You can admire the dazzling spectacle of fabulous peonies, ornamental fruit trees, evergreen and deciduous magnolias, bamboos and Japanese maples. As you walk, take a look at the renovated Saághy Palace, the Dendrokolor Rock Garden and the bubbling waterfall. And if you arrive in May, you can see the bloom of rhododendrons, the memory of which will surely stay with you forever. Did you know that this arboretum has the largest collection of hydrangeas in Hungary?  

Get closer to understanding classical antiquity at the Iseum Savariense Archaeological Workshop

See the world through ancient eyes at the Iseum Savariense Archaeological Workshop and Repository in Szombathely. This church was erected for the Egyptian goddess Isis. Learn about the religious worldview of ancient people through the most important collection of sacred finds in Pannonia known today: admire the many valuable archaeological finds from the sanctuary, many of which reveal the former intertwining of Egyptian religion and the Roman emperor’s respect. The exhibition on the history of religion, entitled the Home of Isis in Savaria reveals the private and official everyday life of people from that period. There are also periodic exhibitions and various programmes throughout the year.

Fly back to 18th century village life in the Vas Open-Air Museum.

Walking in the Vas Museum Village, you can get a true-to-life picture of village life from the 18th to the 20th centuries: in the open-air ethnographic museum you can look into a small corner of the past, experience what it was like to live in a peasant house, a middle-class home and a noble house. You can admire the original furnishings and the historical changes of fireplaces in the rooms and kitchens. Take a look at the farmyards of the time, the late baroque chapel, the wooden belfry, the free chimney smithy or the Slovenian smoke house, which is the oldest type of house on view. Meet the native Hungarian domestic animals raised in the open-air museum and get to know the plants used in folk medicine. If you enjoy crowds, come here during the St. Martin's Day Fair.

During your visit


Harmonious acids, purple colour, berry fruit flavours: you simply must taste some wines made from Blauburger grapes. If you are in the vicinity of Kőszeg, close to the Austrian-Hungarian border, there is one more thing, apart from the many exciting sights, that you really shouldn’t miss; the heavenly wine made from Blauburger blue grapes. This grape variety can also be found in the Eger bull’s blood, the deservedly famous Hungarian wine, which speaks for itself. Cheers!

Nádasdy dumplings

Not only is the Nádasdy Castle worth exploring; you should also let in the temptation of one of the jewels of Hungarian cuisine, the mouth-watering Nádasdy dumplings: these walnut-sized dumplings offer a sweet treat while you’re exploring the local sights. When you hear about the fragrant dumplings filled with cinnamon plum jam it’ll make your mouth water. Head to a local restaurant and taste this delicious treat.

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