Day 4 - 1st September - Side trip to Visegrad and Esztergom
01.09.2011 - 01.09.2011 30 °C
Late change. We planned on visiting Lake Balaton this morning however slept in a little and would have arrived too late in the day. We moved Visegrad and Esztergom up the agenda as they required less travel time and we could do both in one day. Good decision.
All aboard. Almost missed the train after a frantic rush to the station. A minute or two to spare before boarding.
First stop Visegrad. Well, it was actually Nagymaros. Visegrad was across the river. We boarded a ferry shortly after arrival and couldn’t resist the open bar across the way. A couple of cocktails before we take a good look around.
Luck. We walked along the main street towards the historic Castle perched atop a hill and came across a nice man who ran a taxi service of sorts. He offered to take us for a tour of the castle with a few scenic stops throughout our journey for a modest fee.
Toboggan. The area doubles as a skiing destination in the winter time. They still run the toboggan and monorail in the summer. Obviously, we stopped for a quick burn. Vic squealed like a piggy the whole way.
Visegrad Castle. I can see why the crown was held here. Such a wonderful vantage point. You could see well into the bends of the Danube to warn of any approaching foe. Today, just a stunning view. Simply superb.
Esztergom. Once we were done the nice man dropped us at the bus stop for our onward journey to Esztergom. 30 or so minutes and we were there.
The town. Another Hungarian gem. Beautifully presented with plenty of eateries and sites to explore. Here the key attraction is the Cathedral again perched at the highest point in the town. Great to look at from afar. We’ll take a closer look once we explore a bit more of the town.
Sammy Nijinsky. Who would have thought that I had such hidden talents. The music started and so did I. What grace. What control. A genuine treat for any onlooker which mind you was a local that took a quick glance, gave me a funny look and retreated indoors.
Bridge. The main bridge in Esztergom is an actual border crossing between Slovakia and Hungary. Apparently one euro is all that was required to cross. I wasn’t paying the Slovaks. I have 30 euro to recover from their government and I will do it any way I can, starting by avoiding the toll. See dance below. Fk you passport control.
Esztergom Cathedral. Quite a daunting sight up close. The biggest in Hungary (I think) and one of the largest in Europe. The views were amazing.