Miskolc

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Miskolc, with population of about 180,000 is the third largest city in Hungary, located in the north-east of the country, east of Bükk mountains.

Understand[edit]

Miskolc - the Capital of Northern Hungary

Miskolc used to be one of the centres of heavy industry in 20th century. Today Miskolc is the regional centre of Northern Hungary. The city is surrounded by the beautiful Bükk Mountains. The most famous tourist attractions are outside the city, but one can find things worth visiting in downtown, too.

A quiet suburb of Tapolca, most famous for its cave bath (Barlang-fürdő), provides unique cave thermal spa. Bánkút is a popular ski resort.

Get in[edit]

By Air[edit]

Miskolc doesn't have an international airport, the nearest ones are in Košice (Slovakia), Budapest and Debrecen.

By bus[edit]

By train[edit]

Tiszai Railway Station
  •    Tiszai Station (Tiszai pályaudvar), Kandó Kálmán tér 1-3 (both tram lines and many bus lines have their end station there.),  +36 40 494949. International Cashdesk Opening hours: Daily 03:00-23:00. Miskolc Tiszai railway station is the largest of two railway stations of the city of Miskolc. Built in 1901 in eclectic style, last time modernised in 2003. The trains going through Northern Hungary all stop in Miskolc, the city can be reached by train from all the major cities (although if you come from the Transdanubian region, you might have to change trains in Budapest which means you have to find your way through the city to the Keleti station.) - See the website of Hungary State Railways for information on trains, travel time and prices. The site is available in Hungarian, English and German (this link leads to the English version.- Services: Automated ticketing, E-Ticket validation, Payment with credit card, Left luggage: Opening hours: Mo-Su 06:00-19:40, Inside the building station accessible, look Customer Service Office (Hu:Ügyfélszolgálati Iroda), free of charge. - Parking is near the station. Bicycle storage is at the station.) - International connect to Košice, in Slovakia (daily, one morning and one evening train, 3.5 h, discounted RW tickets for €6.5) Note: international travel tickets, seat reservation, travel card can be paid in euros. The returning will be paid in HUF.
  •    Train Ticket Office (Miskolc Menetjegyiroda Belföldi pénztár), Arany János u 2 (Close to Szinva Creek and Falánk Fanny Pastry Shop). M-F 07:10-18:40, Sa 07:10-14:40. Services: Automated ticketing, Payment also with credit card

By car[edit]

Miskolc can be reached from the West on Highway M3, which recently reached the city. The highway connecting Miskolc with Debrecen has also been finished. You have to pay a toll/fee if you want to drive on a highway, which consists of going into any gas or petrol station and purchasing a sticker for your car windshield BEFORE you drive on the road.

If you come by car you may expect some trouble with navigation. There is really only one way to get into the village, and it goes through Miskolc, which is not famous for having good road signs. If you are very careful and have at least 2 spare eyes to read the signs, you may well succeed. Or simply ask locals for directions if you feel lost. The spa is about 3 miles south of Miskolc city center, west of the main road.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

If you need info on bus lines, go to the mass transport company's site [1] and click on "Menetrend". At "Viszonylat" choose the number of the bus to see the time tables. (1V and 2V are the tram lines.)

Bus lines important for tourists include:

  • Bus 1 connects the Tiszai railway station with the downtown and Diósgyőr district
  • Bus 2 starts at Búza tér and goes to Tapolca (30 mn)
  • Bus 5 starts in Diósgyőr and goes to Lillafüred
  • Bus 15 also starts in Diósgyőr and goes to Ómassa.

Tickets[edit]

Miskolc tram on the Main street

You can buy bus tickets on the station (or on the bus for a somewhat bigger price and the driver won't have change, you have to pay the exact amount. Generally it's not recommended), also can buy bus tickets at news stands. Bus tickets are HUF350 (or HUF400 if you buy it on the bus), ten tickets ("gyűjtőjegy") are HUF2800.(Jan 2013)

  • General ticket, valid for all buses & trams for one day ("napijegy"): HUF1600
    • Same for 3 days (tourist ticket): HUF3000
    • same for 7 days ("hetijegy"): HUF3900

Tickets are the same for bus and tram. General & tourist tickets are not valid on Bus 7 after it leaves Miskolc (Bus 7 is the only city bus that leaves Miskolc; it goes to the nearby town Felsőzsolca.) - Penalty if you don't have valid ticket: HUF3000 if you pay immediately, HUF6000 if you don't have money with you and have to pay later.

Buses usually open the first door only because it is part of the driver's job to check if everyone has tickets. They open the other doors only if someone wants to leave the bus at that door, and if you get on the bus through those doors, the driver might ask you through the loudspeaker to show your ticket.

By tram[edit]

There are only two tram lines, 1 & 2. The end station to both of them is at Tiszai station. Tram line 1 goes to Kilián. Tram no.1 is the good one to the castle of Diosgyor, take off when you can see it on your left hand side. Tram line 2 goes to the metal factory. Be sure to leave Tram 2 at latest at Újgyőri főtér' and change trams if you want to go to Diósgyőr.

By car[edit]

Foreigners sometimes find it hard to find their way in the city. City maps are sold in every bookstore and at some newsstands. There are some road signs, but not too many. In the individual parts of the city parking areas are divided to designated parking zones. The maximum parking time in Green /Yellow / Blue zone: 2 /3 / 4 hours the fees are HUF340/220/150 per hour. - There is two underground car park is at Patak Street and at Európa Square (charge HUF200 per hour, 2014)

By taxi[edit]

Moving around by taxi in Miskolc is an easy way to explore the city or get to your destination. Cabs are not hard to find, especially in the downtown area or around the busy tourist attractions. Prices vary by company, but they average around from $1.50 - $2.00 per km that adds up to the basic fee of $1.50 - $2.00 per ride. Most dispatchers should talk English or German and possibly French, in addition to Hungarian Magyar.

On foot[edit]

Probably the best way to see the spa is on foot.

This is recommended for the downtown only. Many of the tourist attractions are quite far from the city centre.

Széchenyi Street is mostly a pedestrian precinct, the tram lines go along it, but cars use it only occasionally.

Tourist information centres[edit]

Diosgyor castle
  •    Tourist Information Centre I. (Turista Információ), Széchenyi Street (utca), 16 +36 1 4388080. You can get some useful information here. The staff speak at least English and French. One of the most interesting things to take is a map of the region with panoramic view, things you can see/do around, as well as a small map of the city with everything to see and do indicated.
  •    Tourist Information Centre II.Gorgey Artur Road ~24 +800 36 000000, e-mail: .
  •    [Honlap: http://www.barcikaart.huTOURINFORM Kazincbarcika]Kazincbarcika, Egressy út 35 (North 26km from Miskolc Center, South of the Kazincbarcika Town Hall),  +36 48 311583, +36 20 4890169fax: +36 48 311583, e-mail: . Opening hours: Sep-May M-F 09.00-17.00 Jun-Aug M-F 09.00-18.00 Sa 09.00-14.00.. Services: facultative programmes, excursions, event organising, professional and field trips, event organising and selling. Here can be found national and regional publications, offers accomodations, maps, prospectuses. Buyable various variants of Hungary Card, the offie deals with ticket sale concerned, tickets for various attractions as a ticket value network's partner. - The staff speak at least English and Spanish Payment: only cash.

See[edit]

Downtown[edit]

  • Main Street (Széchenyi st.) and City Hall Square (Városház tér) with 19th-century houses and lots of shops

Churches[edit]

All Saints Parish Church
  •    All Saints Parish Church (officially:Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Hungarian: Mindszenti Plébániatemplom), Mindszent tér 2 (Close to the Office of Tourinform Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County),  +36 46 411777, +36 46 411 888fax: +36 46 411114, e-mail: . Guide by booking. - Masses Agenda: On Sundays and major holidays: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:30, 18:30. Mindszent was a separate small settlement in the Middle Age, around 1880 united with Miskolc. The church was built on site of a smaller medieval chapel between 1728-1743. The two slender tower of its got in hundred years later. Inside of the church there are beautiful Baroque paintings and statues. Its altarpieces depicting St Peter and St Paul (at the high altar), the Virgin Mary, St Joseph, St Ladislaw, St Stephen paintings were done in 1855 and 1879. The Baroque statue of Mary with the jar (1739) stands before the church. A small Calvary shrine can be found not far from the church; it was consecrated by the Archbishop of Eger in 1864. Admission: free.
  •    Protestant Church of Avas (Hungarian: Avasi templom), Papszer utca 14 (Southwest half km from Tourist Information Centre I. over Szinva Creek),  +36 46 358677. a beautiful Gothic church on the Avas hill, one of the oldest buildings of the city, founded in 13th century. A Romanesque style church, and later it was expanded in Gothic style. The belfry was built in 1557. The bells play a melody in every 15 minutes, a variation of the Westminster Chimes. It is a well-known tune in the city. The church is surrounded by a cemetery, where many famous sons of the city were buried.
The Great Iconostasis in the Greek Orthodox Church, Miskolc
  •    Greek Orthodox church (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Hungarian:Görögkeleti templom, Magyar ortodox templom, Szentháromság Görögkeleti Ortodox Templom), Deák Ferenc tér 7, e-mail: . Built between 1785 and 1806 in Copf style. Here is one of the largest iconostasion in Europe, 16 m high, with 87 pictures of the life of Jesus, and the eleven big orthodox holiday plus Easter what is the Ortodox 'Holiday of holidays'. The Baroque iconostasis was carved in the workshop of Eger, the pictures (with the exception of four of them) were painted by a master from Vienna. The copy of the Akhtyrka Icon of the Mother of God was a gift from Empress Catherine II of Russia. A school, a hospital and a parsonage were also built next to the church in the beginning of 18th Century. The churchyard also served as a burial place, several more than 300 years old marble tombstones are still can be see. The interior is divided into three parts: entrance hall, naos, and sanctuary. - Now the Orthodox Liturgical Museum of Hungary located here, in the former school building (approaching from the churchyard). The Orthodox liturgical collection of its is the the richest in all Hungary.
Protestant Wooden Church
  •    Protestant Wooden Church (Plank church, Hungarian:Tetemvári Református deszkatemplom, Deszkatemplom), Pálóczy utca. This is a beautiful church made of carved wood built in 1998 as the exact copy of the original church that was burnt down in 1997.The first church known by the name of 'Wooden Church' was built in 1724 and it stood until 1937 when demolished. One year later finished the new one. At this time the wood brought from an area of Transylvania with long traditions of wood-carving. The design of the church also had Transylvanian elements. - Originally main wing of Wooden Church was 8.5m wide, the south part was only 7-7.4m wide. On the top of the pulpit is a Phoenix wood sculpture, symbolized the the eternal rebirth. The windows of the eastern and western side decorated with stained glass. The larger bell called 'Odon' is 360kg, the smaller,-'Alexander', 193kg.
Minorita Assumption Church
  •    Minorita Assumption Church (Hungarian: Minorita Nagyboldogasszony templom), Hősök tere 5a +36 46 505636, +36 46 508048fax: +36 46 505637. Opening hours: booking by phone. Description: The construction of this baroque church was finished around 1743 though its decoration, equipment and the building of the towers took several more decades. free.
  •    Downtown Protestant Church, Rooster church (Hungarian: Miskolc-Belvárosi Református temploma, Kakas templom), Kossuth Lajos utca 17 +36 46 412653, +36 46 508724fax: +36 46 508884, e-mail: . Description: The classicistic calvinist church was erected in 1786-1808. It has the highest 68m tall tower in the city, housing the 2,6t weight Esther Bell named after Eszter Bató daughter of a wealthy merchant family. Outside decorated,-mostly,- with Classicist elements Admission: free.
Lutheran parish church in Miskolc from Avas Hill
  •    Lutheran parish church in Miskolc (Miskolci Evangélikus Egyházközség templom), Hunyadi János utca 8, e-mail: . Office hours: Pastoral Office: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00. Worship: Sunday eleven o'clock. This church,-second one on this site, after the lightning affected and demolished the former church,- erected between 1817-1820, the tower of its was finished in 1865. Dimensions of its 31m long and 25m wide. Above the main entrance of church is a very beautiful and remarkable balcony. The classy decorated Empire style stone pulpit made in 1820. The altarpiece painted by Bertalan Székely,-who was a one of the greatest representative of Hungarian historical painting,- the Christ on the Mount of Olives finished in 1897.
  •    St. Anne's Church (Hungarian: Szent Anna-templom,Vöröstemplom, Verestemplom), Szent Anna tér (Located on the nort side of the St. Anna Square.). This is a Roman Catholic parish church. Locally it is often referred to as "Red Church", because of its red roof. The church was built between 1816 and 1823, in late Baroque style with some Neoclassical elements; the altar and the pulpit are late Neoclassical. The first public clock of the city was in the church's tower. The rectangular sanctuary of this two naves church, covered with 'Czech-cap' vault.
Jesus Heart Catholic parish church
  •    Catholic parish church (Jesus Heart churh, Hungarian:Martin-Kertváros Plébánia templom, Jézus Szíve plébániatemplom), Miskolc, Martin Károly utca 5 (Martin-Kertváros district about half km south of Tiszai Railway Station),  +36 46 380065, e-mail: . Church services at M, W, F, Sa 18.00, Su 11.30. Replacement of a former temporarly chapel (1922) to the local railway workers colony. Built in 1934. A simple late Baroque church in garden district. Interior pulpit and main altar made in Baroque style. It has a nice painted paneled ceiling. Free.
The name of the Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Diósgyőr
  •    The name of the Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Diósgyőr (Hungarian: Szűz Mária neve - Római Katolikus templom), Miskolc, Puskás Tivadar utca 1 (Diósgyőr district, close to Sinva creek, south of II. János Pál pápa square),  +36 46 379595, e-mail: . Mass Order: Summer time: Weekdays: 7.00; 18.30. Sunday: 7.00; 8.30; 10.00; 11.30; 18.30. Winter time: Weekdays: 7.00; (17.30). Sunday: 7.00; 8.30; 10.00; 11.30; 17.30. Advent: 6.00; 17.30. The original Gotic reformed church was rebuilt in Baroque style in middle of the 18th century. Former was two cemeteries one still working today, separated to Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Protestant sections. The first owners was members of St. Paul order (Paulines), but Minorites and Franciscan baptized. The entrance of the church look to the west, almost back to the city. This is due the church was formed to west of the settlement. - The church was consecrated in the name of the Virgin Mary, in 1753. The main altarpiece depicting the Virgin Mary with a crown on his head, on the right of its is the baby Jesus who a sphere gives to his mother. The coat of arms of Diosgyor also depicts the image of church's patron saint, The church has three side altar, pulpit and an organ in the balcony. There most valuated piece is a very old carved wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, -which can be seen in a glass case,- made in the 13th century by the Paulines. On the right side in an alcove,- look like a cave,- is an other statue of the Virgin Mary ordered by a cantor teacher to gratitude in memory of his children recovery from a serious illness Free.
Synagogue of Miskolc
  •    Synagogue (Zsinagóga), Miskolc, Kazinczy utca 7. (Downtown, close to Hösök square and south of the Main Post Office),  +36 46 505044, +36 70 5857616, +36 20 921-7373fax: +36 46 509954, e-mail: . Opening hours: Mo-Fr 09.00-15.00 only by booking. Description: The synagogue built between 1861-1863. is an outstanding example of Hungarian Romantic architecture and one of the largest such buildings in Europe. The Temple incude both Neo-Romanesque, Romantic elements. This is the only surviving synagogue in the City and the only still functioning synagogue of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county. Its Kazinczy Street facade has a rose window and narrow Gothic windows. The synagogue has three aisles. The women's balcony is supported by slim iron pillars decorated with Gothic Revival and Neo-Byzantine elements. The painting of the walls feature ornamental Eastern design. Exhibition Hall: Two rooms museum that commemorates the Jews of Miskolc. One room commemorates the events of the Holocaust in Miskolc, and the other shows the former Jewish weekdays life in Miskolc. Open: Mo-Fr 9:00-15:00 Admission: HUF500, Professional guidance avilable in hungarian, english..
Interior of the Greek Catholic Church on Búza square
  •    Greek Catholic Church (Miskolc-Belvárosi Görög Katolikus Egyházközség és Nagyboldogasszonyról nevezett Püspöki Székesegyház), Miskolc, Búza tér (Right north of the Bus Station),  +36 46 507 111, +36 30 3592166 (Mobil)fax: +36 46 507113, e-mail: . Rituals: Weekdays: 07:00, 18:00, 18:45. Sunday: 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:00, 18:00, 19:00. (2014). Professional guidance by booking only in Hungarian. The Downtown Greek-Catholic Church was built in eclectic style, in 1912. Nice altarpiece and iconostasis. Admission: free.

Museums[edit]

  •    Diósgyőri Papermill Museum of the Paper Industry (Diósgyőri Papírgyár Papírgyári Múzeuma Papíripari Szakgyűjtemény), Miskolc, Hegyalja utca 203/1 (West of Diosgyor castle, by train stop Papirgyár),  +36 46 530824fax: +36 46 530890, e-mail: . May-Sep M-F 10.00-14.00. Exception: open on the first Saturday of every month 10:00-14:00. In this case the museum is closed on the following Monday.. guidance: In Hungarian only. There are exhibited the historical artefacts of the local company (Diósgyőri Papermill) on two levels.. The workshop on the first floor,-for preparing hand-made paper,-helps you to remember the days of the undertaking working in the course of the manufacture. Admission: Adult/reduced: HUF350/250.
  •    Montázs Gallery (Montázs Galéria Miskolc), Miskolc, Széchenyi utca 36. 1st Floor/#1 (Center, opp. Mc KalmárFast Food Restaurant and National Theatre of Miskolc),  +36 20 5543388. M-F 13:00-17:30, Sa 10:00-13:00. An exhibition hall with contemporary arts collection. Shows and sales. Buy a gift portrait painting in Miskolc, about Family members, friends, your pet, hobby objects or your favorite travel experiences. From HUF29000 40cm x 30cm simple classical painting. Free.
  •    Ottó Herman Museum, Arts museum (Herman Ottó Múzeum Miskolc, képzőművészeti gyűjtemény), Görgey Artúr utca 28 (Take bus #2, 14, 14H, 22, 35, 38, 44 to stop Népkert),  +36 46 560170fax: +36 46 555-397. Tu-Su: 10.00-18.00. is the largest museum of Miskolc. It has more than 600,000 artifacts. Its main focus is on archaeology, mineralogy, arts, history and ethnography. The collection of fine arts located here: shows works of Hungarian artists in the 18th-20th century. Over the museum here is a library and the storerooms are there. The museum named after the famous polyhistor Ottó Herman in 1953.
  •    Images museum (Lezerpont Latvanytar, Lézerpont Látványtár és -műhely), Győri kapu 57 (NW 1 km),  +36 46 428 112. regroup many exhibitions including Traditional folk costume, History of office machine, Articles from the recent years (everyday stuff mainly from the cold war period), Minerals from Transylvania, After world war II, the communism period.

Monuments[edit]

Avas Observation Tower, a symbol of the City
  •    County Hall (Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén megyei Önkormányzat), Városház tér 1 +36 46 517700.
  •    Avas Observation Tower (Miskolc-Avas TV Tower, Avas-kilátó). with panorama on the city. This is a 72 metre tall TV tower with an observation deck on the Avas hill in Miskolc. It was built in 1966 in place of a wooden lookout tower.
  •    National Theatre of Miskolc (Nemzeti Színház), Déryné utca +36 46 516700. M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-13:00. Tickets HUF1100-2000.
Aerial view of the ruins of the castle
Diósgyőr castle after restoration
  •    Diosgyor castle remains (Diósgyőri Vár), Diósgyőr, Vár u. 24 (By public transport: take tram #1 or bus #1 to stop 'Diósgyőr VK.' further toward Felső-Majláth at the first street turn left, following the sign two mins walk. Parking around the castle: - By Nagy Lajos Király Street Pay parking to car and bus, approx. A five minutes walk away. OR free parking area of Tapolcarét street to car and bus, two mins walk away.), e-mail: . Open hours:Apr-Oct daily 9:00-18.00, Dec-Apr daily 9:00-17:00, Closed:Dec 24-26. Dec 31-Jan 1. Medieval castle games are held in every May and August.. This is a partly restored medieval castle, surrounded by the modern blocks of flats. In 2014 the castle was completely rebuilt, the reconstructed rooms are furnished with Mediaeval-style furniture. Main parts: Knight’s Hall, include two naves with three columns in the middle, and with its 380 sq meters area, one of the largest rooms of medieval castles in Central Europe. - The Chapel The two-storied chapel with octagonal apse, is the central room of the east wing, and a hallowed place. - The towers In order to enhance the romantic impression, the southwestern tower can be see in its shape from the 1800s, when it was ruined by a bolt. The upstairs rooms of the other three towers host exhibitions, and lookouts on the roofs. - Palace Wings. Three of the four one-storied palace wings remained (rebuild): the northern with the Knight’s Hall, the eastern with the chapel and the kings’ residence, and the southern with the queens’ rooms. These rooms serve visitors and interactive spaces that present the medieval castle life and different crafts and trades. - Wine cellar, consists of two rooms and an interior space of a floor height, can be reached from the West Wing. - Exhibitions of the castle: Déryné house, castle history exhibition: gives you a taste of archaeological findings in the area of a castle and the old Pauline monastery, medieval weapons and here located the biggest Wax Museum of Central Europe (greatest number of figures) shows the everyday life in Diósgyőr in the Middle Ages. Lower Castle contains a functional copy of a 16th-century cannon can see located in Italian bastion, illustrious occasions shooting; Garden of Queens a place where the Queens of the owners, herbs and spices was grown, some type of them can be find still today; next to Déryné house is the Mint where you can make your own hands, Charles Robert Gold Forints or Louis the Great Denar, these are exact copies of 14th and 15th century Hungarian coins. - Courtyard. The main entrance of the upper castle is the northern gate, that is reached through the royal stairs. The northeastern and southwestern decorated stairway leading to the upstairs loggia decorated with stone carvings. - Tournament Field, provides a venue for events as to equestrian shows and to host different events and concerts. - Nearby is the Market Place of the Castle (Hu:Vásártér) in front of the Tournament Field. The Market Place offering the general services, it is functioning as a real market place for artisans and merchants and holding regularly fairs. Ticket prices:Weekday: Adult 1200/900,Sat, Sun, public holidays HUF1500/1200. include guided tours and weekend ticket include the visit to the 'Knightly shows'.
  •    Town Hall (Miskolc Megyei Jogú Város Polgármesteri Hivatal), Városház tér 8 (Center),  +36 46 512700.

Miskolc-Tapolca[edit]

Entrance to the Cave Bath

It takes about 30 mn by bus from 'Buza ter' to get to Tapolca.

  •    Cave bath (Barlangfürdő Miskolctapolca), Pazár István sétány (Take citybus (blue) No. 2 to the end, 200 m walk from there),  +36 46 560 030. Open 9AM till 7PM. A thermal bath in a natural cave. This is a must do if you are in Miskolc. Half price after 4PM (july 2012). Services: Bathing in Outdoor pools: - 3 children's pools, Pond Pool Spa Experience, Mussel Pool, Swimming pool; Indoor Pools: Two thermal pools (33-35°C), Roman Hall (32°C), Stars room (32°C), Old cave pool (29-30°C), Hall bath (29-30°C). Sauna and solarium park: Finnish saunas (4), Infrared saunas (4),Steam Room (1), Solariums (2). HUF3300 for full day (2014), Sauna HUF1000,.
  • Before the cave bath there is a large, nice park with a boat lake
  • Rock chapel (a chapel in a small natural cave)
  • Akropolis is an adventure park for kids and grown up.

Further afield[edit]

Aggtelek. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List
  •    Aggtelek (Meaning "Old plot" in Hungarian) (There is a direct bus from Miskolc which takes about two hours. It leaves at 9:45AM everyday day and a ticket costs HUF1,100. You need to change at Kazincbarcika (HUF460), from where a bus every 30 minutes. - Hitch hiking is also a good option since it is probably going to take you half the time as by bus. The best bet is road 26 towards Kazinc first and then either take the bus or continue to Miskolc.). This village together with Jósvafő are famous for their huge and beautiful karst cave system. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. - This is a complex of huge karst plains and plateaus. There is a few caves you can visit with different route for each of them. Opening hours and prices depend on the season and the long of tour. - There is a tourist information center next to the main cave entrance (email: aggtelek@touristinform.hu, Tel: +36 48 503 000). - Sleep: There is a nice camp site with wooden houses or places for your tent. Ask availability at the visitor centre opposite the cave entrance

Do[edit]

Miskolc National Theatre
  • The Cave Bath. A unique experience to swim (well, you can't really swim there), splash, play and walk around in a large cave system, which has water temperatures from 20-36 Celsius (thermal water), and has warm, wet air inside even in the winter. The caves are around 150 meters long but naturally nothing is straight, and it's all quite dark (it's a cave, after all). The bath also has pools outside the cave. The Cave Bath is surrounded by a large park which has an artificial lake where you can row boats. - Read more: up to Miskolc-Tapolca section
  •    Miskolc Ice Hall (Hungarian: Miksolci Jégcsarnok), Miskolc, Görgey A. utca 19. (Located in the Népkert ("People's Garden") public park),  +36 46 506 442. Daily (depend of events). is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Miskolc. It is primarily used for ice sports and is the home arena of Hungarian top division ice hockey club Miskolci JJSE. Part of the Miskolc Leisure Centre (Miskolc Városi Szabadidőközpont)- Events, concerts, ballets, hockey matches, figure skating competitions. Services: Skate sharpening and rental Public Skating HUF1000/600 (2014).
  •    Wine Testing at Avas Cellars Aranykorona Hotel, Restaurant and Cellar (Avas Pince), Kisavas, Első sor 19-20. +36 46 506 882. every Friday. Wine tasting and cellar visiting program at Avas hill. location:Hotel, Étterem és \"Sétáló Pince\" (). Every Friday you can discover the secret at the "stomack" of Avas Hill. Here is a wonderful, long historical cellar, and you can take part in a guided tour and a complex wine tatsing program. - Duration: about 2 hours HUF2500 (2014).
  •    National Theatre of MiskolcAddress: Déryné street 1 (Center),  +36 46 516700. is the main theatre of Miskolc, and the oldest theatre company of Hungary. Its current Classicist and Neo-baroquebuilding built between 1847–1857.The building was reconstructed in 1880, and extending with a fire-watch tower. - This is not only theatrical plays, but also to events like the International Opera Festival. - Ticket office (Hu:Jegyiroda): Miskolc, Széchenyi István út 21. (next door toward west) Phone: (+36) 46 516735. +36 46 516736, Fax: +36 46 516734, jegyiroda@mnsz.eu. - Also here can you find a small Theatre museum.
  •    Palace of Music (Zenepalota), Bartók square (Center, close to Town Hall, west of its). It is the building of the Béla Bartók Secondary School and the Béla Bartók Music Institute a faculty of the University of Miskolc. The Palace was designed in Neo-baroque style and was built between 1926 and 1927.The concert hall still preserves beautiful frescoes and gilded stuccos. - It has a large concert hall where concerts are regularly held.
  •    Miskolc Zoo (Miskolci Állatkert és Kultúrpark), Csanyikvölgy (West ten km from center, at the last stop of bus number 1),  +36 46 332121. Summer (6 Oct to 15 Mar): 09:00-18:00, Winter (Mar 14 to Oct 7): 09:00-16:00. You have to climb up to the hilltop. Originally it was a wildlife park showing the wild animals of the surrounding Bükk mountains. Today not only local wild animals can be seen here, but also exotic animals like camels, monkeys, parrots, tiger, leopard. The zoo has about 700 animals of 130 different species. Not so many exotic, but many domestic and hungarian animals. Children usually like it :-) HUF1200 for adults, 900HUF for children, 100HUF for children under 3 (2014).

Festivals, Events[edit]

  • Queen Spring 22 May. Renaissance season opening in the castle of Diosgyor.
  • Bartók + in June is an international opera festival with opera and ballet performances at the theatre and additional localities presented by international guest artists and companies.
  • Medieval commonalty joust in the court of king Louis the great. 14–15 August in the castle of Diosgyor.
  • CineFest is a week-long international film festival in September, organized for the 7th consecutive year in 2010. Expect somewhat obscure but very interesting feature and documentary films, rollercoaster sessions of half-amateur short films of inapprehensible quality, and a haphazard but invariably watchworthy selection of short animations, almost all with English subtitles; also workshops and talks with foreign guests.

Buy[edit]

  •    Decathlon sports store (Decathlon Miskolc), József Attila út 83.
  •    Media Markt electronics storesKirály utca 1 / a.
  •    Metro Cash & Carry warehouse store (METRO Áruház Miskolc), József Attila utca 12570. (East 2 km),  +36 23 509 050.
  •    Möbelix furniture storePesti út 25 (South 4 km).
  •    Obi DIY store (Obi Barkácsáruház), Szentpéteri kapu 103 (N 2 km),  +36 40 212223.
  • Praktiker DIY store (Praktiker Barkácsáruház), Pesti út 7 (bus 4 or 44 or 'Cora'),  +36 46 561 000. M-F 8:00-20:00, Sa 9:00-20:00, Su 9:00-18:00.

Supermarkets[edit]

  •    Aldi discount supermarketKiss Ernő utca 13/c (NW 1.5 km). More unit: Pesti út 5
  •    Coop supermarketDiósgyőr, Fényesvölgyi utca 11 (W 6 km),  +36 46 500 374. A big chain. Fábián U. 12. Tel.: 46/500374; Szentgyörgy út 59.; Vörösmarty u. 17.; Vörösmarty u.74; Szentgyörgy U. 3., Futó U. 2; Miskolci U. 77.; 100. SZ. ABC, Szentpéteri kapu 64., Búza tér 1.; Kisfaludy U. 31/33; Klapka U. 27-29; Testvérvrosok u. 8.; Szentistván u. 1.; Thököly U. 2. and more a dozen units in the city
  •    Penny Market discount supermarketAndrassy Street, 61 (W 3 km). M-Sa 7:00 -20:00 Su 7:00-20:00. More units: Csaba 1 road, Ilona Street, 1 (Downtown)
  •    Real discount supermarketCorvin utca 11 (Downtown). More units: Besenyői road 8,    RealÁrpád út 2 (4 km NW)., Mátyás király road 21
  •    SPAR supermarketKirály Street 7/a. More units: Fényi Gyula Square, Klapka street 9-11, Széchenyi utca 7, Széchenyi utca 111, Újgyőri Fő square. 32
  •    Tesco supermarketArany János Square 1. More units: Nagyváthy Street, 1; Széchenyi utca 29

Malls[edit]

During the late 1990s–early 2000s several bigger and smaller shopping malls were opened in Miskolc (and because of them, many small shops disappeared because couldn't keep up with them.)

  •    Miskolc PlazaSzentpáli u 2-6 (Half km west of Miskolc Bus Station behind the Centrum supermarket and department store),  +36 46 503 000, e-mail: . Restaurants, cafes Mo-Su 10:00-21:00, stores Mo-Sa 09:00-20:00, Su 10:00 - 19:00. The mall complex consists of three buildings connected by bridges. Building A is a two-storey building, hosting most of the shops around a large central hall. Building B hosts the cinema and some smaller shops, its ground storey is occupied by a car park and five smaller shops opening to the street. Building C is a three storey car park. There is a large supermarket and lots of different shops. Bowling. Gambling Hall. Six catering units located here: fast food restaurant, snack bars, cafe-restaurants. Cinema ticket from HUF1090 (2014).
Szinvapark shopping center
  •    Szinvapark shopping center (Szinvapark Bevásárlóközpont), Bajcsy-Zs street 2-4. (Close to Centrum; the tram stops as well with same name.),  +36 46 502306. Ground floor opening hours: M-Th 7:00-20:00, F-Sa 7:00-21:00, Su 8:00-20:00. Upstairs opening hours: M-Th 8:00-20:00, F-Sa 8:00-21:00, Su 8:00-20:00. InterSpar supermarket opening hours: M-Sa 6:00-22:00, Su 8:00-19:00. MediaMarkt electonic store M-Th 8:00-20:00, Fr-Sa 8:00-21:00, Su 8:00-20:00. Is the other large shopping mall in the downtown. The Szinvapark complex consists of two buildings on the two banks of the stream Szinva, connected by a glass-walled bridge. It hosts 70 businesses including Media Markt, InterSpar and Raiffeisen Bank. ATM's. Bowling, cafes
  • Park Center shopping parkPesti út 9.
  • STOP.SHOP shopping parkSzentpéteri kapu 80 / a.

Two smaller malls are Batóház and Metropol, opposite to Centrum.

Hypermarket[edit]

  • Auchan South hypermarketJózsef Attila út 87.
  • Auchan North hypermarketPesti út 7.
  • InterSpar hypermarketBajcsy-Zs. utca 2-4..
  • Tesco 'Avas' hypermarketMésztelepi Street 1 / a..
  • Tesco 'Szentpéteri kapu' hypermarketSzentpéteri kapu 103.

Eat[edit]

Confectionery[edit]

  •    Falánk Fanny Pastry Shop (Falánk Fanny Cukrászda), Szemere u. 3.
  •    Kisgergely Confectionery (Kisgergely Cukrászda), Diósgyőr, Nagy Lajos király utca 9-13 (W 6 km).

Budget[edit]

Vigadó restaurant, National level protected monument

There are many smaller shops, Chinese restaurants with cheap food.

  • Julia Chinese restaurantBuza ter (behind the Marketplace building). menus from 490HUF.
  • cheap Chinese restaurant (opposite Szinvapark).
  • Fozelekbars (Főzelék Bár), Szivapark Food Court. offer Hungarian type of food around 400-500HUF.
  •    Calypso TavernVárosház tér 7 (Center).
  •    Dolce Vita Restaurant and Pizzeria (Dolce Vita Étterem és Pizzéria).
  •    Palacsintaház Restaurant (Palacsintaház Étterem), Mélyvölgy u. 212.
  •    Halásztanya Restaurant (Halásztanya Étterem), Mélyvölgy utca 15.
  •    Kemencés Tavern (Kemencés Kisvendéglő), Miskolctapolca, Csabai utca (SW).
  •    Kis-Anna Fishermen’s Garden (Kis Anna Halászkert), Miskolctapolca, Görömbölyi u. 38. (SW).
  •    Matróz grill RestaurantSzéchenyi utca 68..
  •    Tábor I. Pizzeria (Pizza Tábor I.), Városház tér (Center),  +36 46 355 444.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Tusculanum restaurant. In the summer, you can sit in the restaurant's garden. Food is pretty good (don't miss the "Grandmother's Meat Soup", and don't expect to be able to eat much more after you are done). Service varies widely with the waiter who serves you. Fair prices ?.

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit]

Enjoy wine in some of the restaurants in Avas hill.

  •    Padlás JazztaurantGyőri kapu, 74?.
  •    Kortyolda Restaurant and Brewery (Kortyolda Étterem és Sörfőzde), Széchenyi u. 26 (Near to padlock bridge). Since 2007 they create an own beer, this beer was called Korty (now we also mention it as Corvinus Rex). This contains: the famous Tokaji aszú wine, the malt from the Hernád Valley, combined with karst water from Miskolc. This is a special beer, with unique colour and taste. As it contains aszú wine, its alcohol capacity is higher than a simple beer's capacity, also offer other home-made beers like brown and lager beer, furthermore you can drink some seasonal beers like IPA (Indian Pale Ale), ginger, chestnut, apple and Paracelsus beer.
  •    Impressszó Club Restaurant.
  •    Café du Boucher - Belgian Beer CaféMikes K. 2.
  •    Avasi Wine Museum and Wine Restaurant (Avasi Bormúzeum és Borvendéglő), Latabár sor 388 (West 2 km).
  •    Déryné Pub (Déryné Presszó), Déryné utca.
  •    Grizzly Music PubVárosház tér.
  • Cafe du Boucher. The Belgian Beer Cafe is an excellent eatery with many different Belgian Beers and Cigars. Food is excellent and English is spoken. Make sure you leave a good tip so that the bell is rung as you leave the place.

Sleep[edit]

University of Miskolc in University Town
  •    Hungaria Pansion and Restaurant (Hungária Panzió és Étterem), Csabai Street 7 (Downtown),  +36 46 432884fax: +36 46 432884. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. Non-smoking rooms, Family rooms, Heating,24-hour front desk, Barber/beauty shop, Restaurant (a la carte), Solarium, Massage, Children's playground, Garden, WiFi, Parking Free! Dbl HUF10,000.
  •    Hotel LidoKiss József Street 4 (Miskolc-Tapolca),  +36 46 422330fax: +36 46 422231, e-mail: . sgl/dbl/tpl/quad (shower) HUF3000/4200/5400/6600 apartman dbl/quad HUF8,000/13,000; suite HUF11,000/13,000 all price incl. local resort tax.
  •    Hotel KolibriFecske u. 15-17. (Downtown),  +36 46 555-010fax: +36 46 555017, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. Dbl HUF14400, Superior dbl room HUF16600, Superior room with 3 beds 18500, apartment for 2 people HUF19500, One room apartment for 3 people HUF22200, One room apartment for 4 people HUF24500, Suite HUF27200 incl. local tax, main season prices (2014).
  •    Hotel Bástya (Miskolctapolca Bástya Wellness Hotel), Miskolctapolcai road, 1 +36 46 422 100. three star section standard sgl/dbl HUF13000/24000, family HUF17000/30000; four star unit superior HUF16000/29000, family HUF19000/35000.
  •    Zenit Guesthouse (Zenit Panzió), Miskolctapolcai út 25 (Downtown),  +36 46 561561, +36 46 561560, e-mail: . Dbl/tpl/quad HUF14000/18000/24000.
  •    Hotel AnnaMiskolctapolcai út 7 +36 46 793866fax: +36 46 793-870, e-mail: . 11 rooms, 2 apts, 3 suites. +phone=+36 30 2187272 dbl/tpl/quad HUF9000/13000/15000-16000.
  •    Tapolca Inn (Tapolca Fogadó), Csabai u. 36. (SW 3km),  +36 46 562-215fax: +36 46 562-215, e-mail: . (website in Hungarian)
  • Hunguest Hotel Palota (Downtown).
  • City Hotel Miskolc (1 km of downtown, few minute by bus. 15 minutes walk from the main high street). A nice modern hotel in Miskolc. The staff are friendly and speak English. €60-120 per room.
  • Hotel Old Miskolcz (Öreg Miskolcz Szálloda) (in the heart of the historic downtown). *** with its art deco style fits in the surrounding buildings radiating the atmosphere of the early 20th century.
  • Levay Villa Pension (Lévay-Villa) (close to the Népkert-Public Garden, ~1 km from the main street ?). The three-stars Pension building was built in a green belt garden suburb in 1916, according to the architectural plans of Josef Seiler, the master-builder from Vienna. Very close to City Hotel. English is spoken well. A good friendly hotel.
  • Varkert (Várkert Panzió), Diósgyőr (close to the Castle, from downtown is about 20 minutes by bus or tram.).
  • Zenit PensionMiskolctapolca (in the centre of Miskolctapolca). familiar place
  • Kikelet Club HotelMiskolctapolca (0.5km to Cave Bath). This three star hotel is waiting those who wish to relax and refresh by the recently excavated pools and sterilized air. Near the cave bath, a boating lake and parks contribute to the entertainment possibilities.

Connect[edit]

Wifi[edit]

There are free Wifi hotspots at Heroe's square and Szinva terrace as well as at some other places like Szinvapark and Miskolc Plaza (Mall)

Go next[edit]

Sárospatak - Castle
  •    Eger. — famous for its baroque buildings, castle and wines, especially Bull's Blood (Bikavér)
  • Gyöngyös - City of Wines
  • Hollókő — a beautiful old preserved village. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Lillafüred (W 15 km) — There's a narrow gauge train to this nice village in Bükk mountains sitting in a valley by Hámori lake, where you can visit several caves.
  • Mezőkövesd — Spa with hot mineral water
  • Sárospatak — Rakoczi Castle, is the highlight here.
  • Sátoraljaújhely - the northeastermost town of Hungary. A splitted town eastern half of its in Slovakia.
  • Szerencs — famous about the Castle. Chocolate Factory, Guided tours and Industrial History Museum
  • Salgótarján — a modern mining town situated in the hills with two castle ruins
  • Tokaj town is in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county — a famous wine town producing high quality white wines. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List
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