Fodor's Expert Review Fellegvár
Crowning the top of a 1,148-foot hill, the dramatic Fellegvár was built in the 13th century and served as the seat of Hungarian kings in the early 14th century. In the Middle Ages the citadel was where the Holy Crown and other royal regalia were kept, until they were stolen by a dishonorable maid of honor in 1440; 23 years later King Matthias had to pay 80,000 Ft to retrieve them from Austria. (For the foreseeable future, the crown is safe in the Parliament building in Budapest.) A panoptikum (akin to slide projection) show portraying the era of the kings is included with admission. The breathtaking views of the Danube Bend below are ample reward for the strenuous 40-minute hike up. Then again, you can always drive up the hill from the center of Visegrád in five minutes.