Flights to Miskolc
The Hungarian city of Miskolc is the fourth largest in the country and it’s in the north east. A historic city, Miskolc is great for those who enjoy attractive and historical architecture, along with a variety of other attractions both in, and nearby to the city.
The small Miskolc Airport (airport code: MCQ) doesn’t handle commercial flights to Miskolc, so any flights to Miskolc will have to come to the Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (airport code: BUD), about 140 kilometres away from the city. You can take the train for the trip between the two cities. From South Africa Iberia’s one-stop flight connects in Madrid, and Lufthansa’s goes via Munich. You can also transfer in Zurich with a flight to Miskolc with Swiss Air. Most flights are around 20 hours long, though a few routes are longer.
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The Tourist Attractions of Miskolc:
Miskolc may not be as well known as Hungary’s capital city, Budapest, but for those tourists who like variety while on holiday, this is a great place to come. Not only does the city have a good selection of its own attractions, it is well placed for sightseeing in the surrounding area which includes pleasant scenery, caves, ski resorts and more.
Castle of Diosgyor
In the Diosgyor area of Miskolc is one of the city’s major landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. The Castle of Diosgyor was an impressive medieval castle that was first built in the 12th century. It was in ruins by the 20th century but has undergone restoration during which some its former glory has been found again. Today the castle is popular for a number of reasons; there’s the building itself, as well as a museum, exhibitions, and during the summer the castle is host to plays.
Miskolc City Landmarks
Right in the heart of Miskolc you’ll see numerous landmarks, making this a good downtown area for strolling around. City Hall Square is a popular spot to head for and it along with the main street offer typical Hungarian architecture of the 19th century.
The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is in the centre of Miskolc. It was built between 1785 and 1806 and as well as being a working church it is home to the Orthodox Liturgical Museum of Hungary. Also in the centre of Miskolc is the Church of Avas. It’s the city centre’s oldest building, dating from the 13th century.
A more modern landmark is the Miskolc-Avas TV Tower. Its main purpose is to act as a TV tower but seeing as the tower has an observation deck it’s also a popular tourist attraction and a great way to get a bird’s eye view of Miskolc and the surrounding countryside.
Caves of Miskolc
In Miskolc and the surrounding neighbourhoods there are a number of natural caves, most of which are open to the public. The Cave Bath is one of the more famous ones. This is a thermal bath within a natural cave where water temperatures remain at 30C. The Anna Cave is another and it is accessed through the Palace Hotel, while another is the Istvan Cave.
When Should You Visit?:
Winters are cool to cold and snow is not unusual in Miskolc, making this generally an unpopular time for city sightseeing. There are ski resorts in the vicinity though, so if skiing is what you want come in the winter! Summers are far better for seeing the sights and temperatures are warm to hot. July is warmest with an average high of 27C, though unfortunately this is the wettest month of the year too.