With a population of around 200.000 people, Miskolc is the fourth largest city of Hungary. It lies in the northeastern part of the country, in the valley of the Szinva. The industrial town is quite developed and offers a wide variety of free-time activities. Exploring the pedestrian streets, relaxing at the legendary Cave Bath of Miskolctapolca, discovering the royal Diósgyör Castle and walking through the terraced gardens of Lillafüred are among the 10 reasons to visit Miskolc.
I never thought of Miskolc as a weekend getaway or a day trip destination. Until recently, when some friends, travelling to Hungary, asked me if they should stop for a couple of days in Miskolc or not. First, I held no, there is no reason they should include this city into their itinerary, but then I realized Miskolc has a few things to offer. If you want to find out which are the 10 reasons to visit Miskolc, read the entire article!
The pedestriann street Széchenyi István #1
Széchenyi István Utca is a long pedestrian street in the city centre, closed to traffic except for trams. While exploring the Széchenyi István Utca and the surrounding streets, you’ll pass many restaurants, cafes, shops, travel agencies and an information office.
It’s always a great idea to stop and enjoy a delicious coffee or ice cream at one of the many terraces along the Szinva river and admire the architecture of the buildings.
The Old Churches #2
While strolling the streets of Miskolc, you’ll bump into some beautiful churches:
The Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul
Easily recognizable by the twin towers, it’s an imposing Baroque church, not far away from Széchenyi István Utca.
The Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption
This Roman Church is the largest religious building in the city. The exterior of this Church is beautiful, but the interior is impressive: gorgeous paintings and sculptures, marvellous stained glass.
The Wooden Church (Deszkatemplom)
A wooden construction built-in 1938. Unfortunately, in 1998, the Church burnt entirely, but with the help of the municipality and people, it was rebuilt in 1999. The Church can be visited only with prior arrangements.
The Otto Herman Museum #3
The museum gets its name from the well known Hungarian naturalist Otto Herman. In the main building on Görgey Street, you’ll observe many paintings displayed in chronological order from Baroque to Art Nouveau and Modernism. One exhibition will introduce you to the prehistoric world of animals and plants while another will show a beautiful mineralogical collection. Even if you are not big on museums, it’s an excellent idea to visit the place on a rainy day or if travelling with children.
Address: Görgey Artúr utca 28.
Opening hours: every day from 09:00 to 17:00, except Mondays
Entrance Fee: 3.500 Huf/person
The Otto Herman Memorial House #4
If you wish to visit the memorial house of Otto Herman, drive to Lillafüred. You’ll find this charming old house near the Palota Hotel. You’ll get the chance to see some of the items belonging to this famous man and to find out more about his work.
Address: Lillafüred, Erzsébet sétány 33
Opening hours: from May 1 to September 30 – from Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, in October and April from 10:00 to 16:00
Entrance Fee: 1.000 Huf/person
Diósgyör Castle #5
8 kilometre west of the city centre you will discover the beautiful Diósgyör Castle. Built-in the 13th century and ruined during the Mongol invasion in 1241, it was King Louis’s favourite residence. With four massive towers, a moat comprising the walls and with the largest great hall of medieval Central Europe, the castle was one of the most amazing fortresses of the time. Only in 2015, after many years of reconstruction and restoration, the castle came alive. Go on a guided tour to find out more about the history of the castle.
Opening hours: from November 1 to March 31, from 09.00 to 17.00, from April 1 to October 31 from 09.00 to 18.00
Entrance Fee: 1500 Huf/person, guided tours – every half hour, included in the entrance ticket.
Note. You can watch a gladiator-musical and horse show at the arena near the castle. Find out more when the next show takes place.
LILLAFÜRED – the idyllic holiday resort #6
One of the 10 reasons to visit Miskolc is with no doubt the idyllic town of Lillafüred. Only 15 kilometres from the city centre (30 minutes drive) you will discover the charming little resort of Lillafüred, the perfect half-day getaway from Miskolc. Here the scenery changes entirely, and you will find yourself in a pitoresque holiday place, highly appreciated by locals and tourists as well. Surrounded by the Bükk mountains and terraced gardens, by the beautiful Hámori Lake and a 20-metre high waterfall in Hungary, the area is stunning.
From the parking lot, follow the path that leads to Hotel Palota, a masterpiece of Hungarian architecture. Admire the 20-metre high waterfall and take some lovely photos before strolling around through beautiful flowers paths on the terraced gardens.
At the 1,5 km long and 9 meters deep Hámori Lake, you can rent a boat and spend some leisure time on the lake.
Complete your visit here with a traditional meal or with a grilled trout from the fish farm, only a few kilometres away from the lake.
Massa Museum #7
Also known as the Ancient Blast Furnance, this museum is the first manufacturing monument of Hungary, introducing the hundred-year-old history of the iron-making in Hamor area. Although close to the main road, the place is quiet and has fewer tourists. There are no guided tours or admission fees so you can explore the site all by yourself; plan no more than half an hour for a visit.
Opening hours: from May 1 to October 31, from Thursday to Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm and from November 1 to April 30: Closed
Entry is free
The Lillafüred Forest Train #8
The Forest Train is a lovely way to travel and discover Miskolc. The railway initially carried goods only, but in the third year o operation, passenger service was introduced.
The old carriage departs from Miskolc Dorrottya Utca, away from the city centre. You will have to drive or take tram no.1 to get there. From here, the journey takes only one hour until the final destination: Garadna.
The train gets to Diósgyör in only 4 minutes. From here, walk 900 meters until you reach the Diósgyör Castle.
At Massa Museum, the train stop is just behind the building.
From Miskolc to Lillafüred, the journey takes only 33minutes, and the train station is near the Palota Hotel. Step inside the station where you will discover a forest museum.
from Miskolc Dorottya Utca to Garadna: 9:00, 10:15, 11:45, 13:15, 14:45, 16:15, 17:45
from Garadna to Miskolc Dorottya Utca: 10:10, 11:40, 13:10, 14:40, 16:10, 17:40, 19:00
The Forest Train operates only on weekends and holidays.
Prices: 1.000Huf/person/one ride
For more infos visit the official website.
Miskolc Bath Caves #9
If you have some extra time and you want to relax, visit the famous Cave Bath of Miskolctapolca only 10 minutes away from the city centre. The baths are unique in Europe as they are located inside a cave. The water has a lower salt content than other thermal baths and a temperature of 30 degrees, so people and children can soak as much as they want. Bathing in cave tunnels created by nature should be one of the 10 reasons to visit Miskolc, especially if you are travelling on a cold autumn or winter day.
Opening hours: every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
Entrance Fee: 2.600 Huf/person
The Food #10
One of the 10 reasons to visit Miskolc is definitely Hungarian food. The city can be considered a cheap food destination where you can experience everything from traditional to international cuisine. On the Széchenyi István Utca and its surroundings, you will bump into many restaurants with terraces. Choose one that suits you, and you won’t be disappointed.
- One meal course: from 2.000 Huf to 3.500 Huf.
- A beer around 400 Huf.
- A glass of red wine around 600 Huf.
Lokalista Bistro is a charming bistro in the city centre where you can try the home-made burger or the spare ribs.
Kispipa Halászcsárda is an excellent option if you love eating fish. For more info visit their website.
Getting to/around Miskolc
Budapest is 180 kilometres away so you can reach Miskolc within two hours drive or 2h30′ by train.
Both the Tokaj and the Eger wine regions are around 40-50 kilometres away so you can reach Miskolc within an hour by bus or train.
The best option is to walk through the city and then take the tram or rent a bike or a car to reach Diösgyor Castle. To reach Lillafüred, hop on the forest train and have a memorable journey.
Where to Stay in Miskolc
The best area to find accommodation is near the Széchenyi István Utca. You can find beautiful apartments on Airbnb platform or some lovely hotel rooms on Booking platform, at reasonable prices. From here you can walk to the pedestrian street and discover the city.