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Miskolc



 

Located in the North-Hungary Region, at the foot of the Bükk Mountain Range, Miskolc is the country’s third largest city, the seat of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, and the region’s cultural and financial centre.

The old-city part of Miskolc occupies a relatively small area, however its outlying areas (Lillafüred, Miskolctapolca, Szentlélek and Diósgyőr) and the surrounding mountains also have numerous sights to offer. The city’s pedestrian way is lined mainly with 19th century, generally historic, buildings; at its wider point the Romantic style Town-Hall, and the Classicist style County-Hall, can be found.

Miskolc - Avas Church
Miskolc - Avas Church
 

Rising above the inner-city, Mt Avas which is noted for its wine-cellars - is the site of the 15th century, Gothic style Calvinist Church; next to the Church, the wooden, square bell-tower, dates from the 16th century. From the coffee-shop in the nearby look-out tower, one gains a sweeping panorama of the city.

Deserving special attention are the picture of a Black Virgin Mary  donated by Catherine II of Russia, and the 16m high iconostasis with its 88 pictures – to be found in the 18th century Greek-Orthodox Church, erected by the Greek and Macedonian merchants who settled in the area.

Miskolc - Lilafured Mansion
Miskolc - Lilafured Mansion
 

The thermal baths located in a cave-system at Miskolctapolca are internationally famous; the medicinal waters are particularly recommended for the treatment of stomach and bowel problems and fluctuating blood-pressure.

The picturesque 13th century Royal Castle at Diósgyőr serves as a venue for a number of cultural festivals. Completely destroyed in 1678 by the Austrian troops, its reconstruction was only begun after 1950.

Miskolc - Wooden Church
Miskolc - Wooden Church
 

The 20th century, Eclectic style mansion at Lillafüred, which now functions as a hotel, is a favourite tourist destination for those wishing to visit the sights in the area – such as Lake Hámor and the nearby caves. A narrow-gauge railway serves this area.

Miskolc - Diosgyor Castle
Miskolc - Diosgyor Castle

 
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