I took an extended rest and a long-black at the last ferry terminal to the Szentendre Island just 4 km to Visegrad.
|Ferry Terminal to Szentendre Island|
I freshened up for the remainder of the walk but I was really happy to reach the hotel. Room with breakfast, swimming pool, spa and sauna, all for $50 Australian a day. The view from the terrace is spectacular, the green hills, the Citadel on top, built by Bela IV to protect the town against a recurrence of a Mongol invasion.
|View of the citadel.|
After a good breakfast I started out to visit the main historical sights of Visegrad. The "Royal Palace" was built enlarged and used from the 13th to the 16th century.
During the Turkish occupation (150) years, it was neglected and eventually mud washing down from the hill gradually buried the Palace completely, later generations doubted its very existence. During a New Year's Eve party in 1934 the archeologist Janos Schulek was asked to get some more wine from a neighbor, going down to the wine cellar he found clues that convinced him the Palace was there, later unearthing one of the Palace vaults.
|The Royal Palace of Visegrad|
|View from the Citadel|