Top 10 Things To Do In Miskolc, Hungary

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If only walls could speak, Miskolc, a city in the northeastern part of Hungary, would tell us stories from medieval battles to loving gestures of kings and returning soldiers. With its interesting tales of history, it’s a wonderful place worth touring. Hanging out at Lillafüredi Libegő, where you can ride a cable car, will offer you panoramic views of mountains. Exploring Diósgyőr Castle, Fairy Garden Miskolc, and hundreds of caves like Anna Cave will be just as memorable. You can even watch a jousting battle and a reenactment of medieval battles if you’re a history buff, or simply enjoy a scenic train ride or stroll along the picturesque streets before dining at a restaurant that serves delicious Hungarian dishes. There’s so much more to discover in the city. Browse through our list of the top things to do in Miskolc, Hungary.

1. See a jousting tournament at diósgyőr castle

Diósgyőr Castle
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In the historical town of Diósgyőr lies Diósgyőr Castle, a castle built in the 12th century, but it was tragically destroyed during the Mongol invasion. It was then excavated in 1962, and it reveals a great history.

Guests can stay at the legendary 18th century Déryné house, which has captivating views of Bükk and Diósgyőr Castle. One of the top attractions of the castle is the Jousting Arena, where actual jousting tournaments and reenactment battles are held. International sports events like equestrian shows are even hosted at the arena.

Guests can also take part in the medieval lifestyle as they take archery classes and medieval penmanship tutorials. Strolling through the market and historical hallways will take you back in time as staff members of the place.

Tourists looking for a medieval experience will surely have fun at the family-friendly castle and enjoy some great food and scenery.

Diósgyőr Castle

Address: Miskolc, Vár u. 24, 3534 Hungary

Website: Diósgyőr Castle

Opening hours: Tue: 8:45am - 5pm (closed from Wed - Mon)

Price: 1,200 - 1,400 HUF (2 - 5 USD)

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2. Visit Szinva waterfall

Szinva waterfall
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In the small picturesque town of Lillafüred, you will find Szinva waterfall (also called Lillafüredi vízesés), which stretches for 30 km (19 mi) and runs along Miskolc. In the middle of the beautiful forest of Bukk, the waterfall stands as the highest waterfall in the country at 20 m (66 ft) high.

Despite its location in an industrial place, the stream remains clean enough to host a variety of fishes because of preservation efforts. It also provides the city with water, and though it generally dries up in summer, it is artificially replaced. This beautiful site is not just a natural wonder but an effort to beautify the surrounding areas of a neo-Renaissance hotel built in the 1920s.

The hanging gardens at the bottom of the waterfall are a magical sight, attracting tourists from around the globe.

Szinva waterfall

Address: Miskolc, E/0, 3517 Hungary

Website: Szinva waterfall

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

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3. Explore Szent István Cave

Szent István Cave
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Hungary has many caves across the country, and Miskolc has some of the most interesting ones, including Szent István Cave. This place is a lime stone cave that is 710 m (2,329 ft) long, and it is said to have been formed during the Triassic period.

The cave was accidentally discovered by rescuers when a dog fell into a hole, with a 15-m (49-ft) drop. This hole was the only entrance to the cave until an entrance was made in 1931 for tourists.

The cave is filled with stalagmites and stalactites, with the deepest part of the cave called Hell, and some beautiful dripstone structures are named Mammut’s Mouth, Fairyland, Column Hall, and Concert Hall because of their interesting formations.

The cave is a sight to see for every curious adventurer out there. You can book a trip on the official website.

Szent István Cave

Address: Miskolc, Egri Országút, 3517 Hungary

Website: Szent István Cave

Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 9am - 5pm (closed on Fri)

Price: 150 -750 HUF (.50 - 1.59 USD)

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4. Discover the depths of Anna Cave

Anna Cave
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You can also visit Anna Cave, which is also referred to as Petőfi Cave, is right beside the hanging garden at Palota Hotel. This natural limestone cave was discovered in 1833 when a shaft was opened to provide water to the nearby Hámor.

The cave doesn’t only boast its limestones but also its variety of plant fossils. The plants found in the cave are notably covered with lime bark, moss braids, and many more; this beautiful vegetation is seen in several places of the cave. Bats also inhabit the cave, as well as a number wildlife like the arthropod species.

Taking a tour here is a must for both you and your family or friends.

Anna Cave

Address: Miskolc, Hámor stny. 1, 3517 Hungary

Website: Anna Cave

Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 10am - 4pm (closed on Fri)

Price: 150 -750 HUF (.50 - 1.50 USD)

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5. Take a walk at Bükk National Park

Bükk National Park
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Bükk National Park became a protected national park in the 1970s because of its amazing landscape and limestone formations with peaks of 900 m (2,953 ft). With lakes, hill tops and great forests, wandering around the national park is one of the most wonderful activities to do while in Miskolc.

If you are looking for an adventure, simple go sightseeing or go for a jog while taking in the beautiful scenery. You can also explore the depths of over 100 caves in the area. You will even see a variety of butterflies, insects, birds, and endangered species.

Bükk National Park

Address: 3300 Eger, Sanc ut 6, Hungary

Website: Bükk National Park

Opening hours: 7:30am - 4pm (daily)

Price: 1,000 -1,200 HUF (3.33 - 4 USD)

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6. Stroll around the magical Fairy Garden Miskolc

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Take a stroll at the beautiful park in Fairy Garden Miskolc, which is filled with vibrant colors from its variety of flowers. This fairytale attraction is perfect for dates with your loved ones.

The magical and Instagrammable amusement park rides are one for the books. The best time to visit is during summer when all the colors of the flowers sparkle the most. You can snap photos of life-sized sculptures, including characters from Alice and Wonderland.

The place is a romantic destination for families or couples who want to take a walk amidst roses.

Fairy Garden Miskolc

Address: Miskolc, Tokaji Ferenc u. 63, 3534 Hungary

Website: Fairy Garden Miskolc

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

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7. Meet a variety of animals at Miskolc Zoo

Miskolc Zoo
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Miskolc Zoo opened on the 20th of August 1983, and it houses many local and exotic animals, such as camels, monkeys, tigers, and leopards. It has about 700 different animals that can be viewed, which makes the place one of the best attractions in the area.

The zoo even features a one-of-a-kind sculpture exhibition of extinct animals. It also plays a major role in popularizing conservation and animal protection.

Miskolc Zoo

Address: Miskolc, Csanyik-völgy, 3535 Hungary

Opening hours: 9am -6pm (daily)

Price: 900 - 4,400 HUF (3 -14.50 USD)

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8. Go on adventures at Lillafüredi Libegő

Lillafüredi Libegő
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Lillafüredi Libegő offers adventures for tourists who enjoy admiring mountain views and trekking. It is a mountain adventure park that features a chairlift you can ride with your family to take in outstanding views of nature.

Dirt bikes are also up for rent for those who want to explore the mountain. You can also go for a hike on trails and discover the beech forest.

Lillafüredi Libegő

Address: Miskolc, Erzsébet stny. 77, 3517 Hungary

Website: Lillafüredi Libegő

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 1,400 - 1,600 HUF (4.60 - 5.30 USD)

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9. Have a ride at Lillafüred State Forest Railway

Lillafüred State Forest Railway
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You can check out the narrow gauged train at Lillafüred State Forest Railway, which was originally built to transport wood in 1920, but it is now catered to tourists.

The train ride will bring you around the enchanting forests of Lillafüred, and it will give you a magical experience that you thought you could only see in films. You will be discovering foggy forests, cliffs, and open fields during the train ride.

Lillafüred State Forest Railway

Address: Miskolc, 3535 Hungary

Website: Lillafüred State Forest Railway

Opening hours: 9:30am - 1:45pm (daily)

Price: 1,300 -1,600 HUF (4.30 - 5.30 USD)

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10. Check out the iron works of Ancient Blast Furnace at Massa Museum

Ancient Blast Furnace at Massa Museum
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Ancient Blast Furnace at Massa Museum has over a hundred-year-old history of the iron works in Diósgyőr-Hámor.

The place has everything, from metallurgical and mining machinery, which is located on the Granada Creek. There is also a popular hiking spot in the area.

The “rusty” exhibition of iron craftsmanship and amazing views of the Lillafüred forestry will impress you.

Ancient Blast Furnace at Massa Museum

Address: 3517 Miskolc - Lillafüred, Miskolc-Újmassa, Ómassai út

Website: Ancient Blast Furnace at Massa Museum

Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 10am - 4pm (closed from Sun - Wed)

Price: Free

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A memorable getaway in Miskolc

With a rich history, unique caves, majestic castles, beautiful forests, magical gardens. Miskolc is a destination for every traveler who wants to learn about the past and bask in the beauty of nature. If you’re planning an itinerary, you can just refer to our list of the top things to do in the city.

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