At the end of the holiday season, together with our colleagues, we prepared a few places to visit physically or virtually before the schools start. The article will be divided into 4 different sections, each devoted to one country. Let’s soak up the fascinating history and rich culture of Hungary, Romania, Poland and Turkey through virtual tours or explore some last-minute trip ideas for this summer.
Our adventure begins in Hungary. The first stop starts at the King Matthias Museum (Royal Palace).
Visegrád city itself is a great idea to visit at the end of the summer. Some of the most important national monuments can be found in the town: the Royal Palace, the Lower Castle, and the ruins of the archdeacon church. The permanent exhibitions of the Museum are held in the Salomon Tower and the reconstructed wards of the Royal Palace.
The golden age of Hungary is presented in the King Matthias Museum, which is a department of Hungarian National Museum. Exploring the palace itself will be a treat for history lovers. You can visit permanent exhibitions such as the history of the Royal Palace of Visegrád, the stone exhibition of the Anjou-age, also go back in time to the age of Zsigmond and check how people lived in that time, how the royal kitchen or the Corvin suite looked.
Those who are unable to visit the Royal Palace right now, are offered an opportunity to take this fascinating walk in the form of a virtual tour.
Second place on our list is Liszt Academy of Music.
The Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest is a music hall and conservatory. It won’t be a problem if you don't speak Hungarian, the breathtaking architecture speaks for itself and through the international language of classical music anyone can enjoy this academy.
This amazing building offers concerts of various types of music and on a regular basis it provides services of free concerts as well. If visitors choose to purchase a building tour, at the end they can expect a mini-concert from one of the students of the academy.
Viewers can take a closer look at the amazing architecture and interior through a slideshow of images in three different online exhibits accessible via Google Arts & Culture. A four-minute short film on the history of the Academy or the first gala concert after the reconstruction of the building are included as video elements to complete the experience.
Next, we have István Dobó Castle Museum.
In István Dobó Castle Museum the visitors are welcomed with diverse programs and unique events. Because of the current situation the museum offers few interesting exhibitions in two different locations - in the Castle and in the Eger city. The guided tour is a permanent event in the castle yard. The workers of the museum are dressed in historically authentic clothes that recreate the life of border fortress knights and the daily lives of the heroes of Eger. Visitors can discover the scenes of the famous 1552 siege and the novel "Eclipse of the Crescent Moon", which is one of the most important books in Hungarian literature, and they can learn about the lives of the border fortress soldiers and the history of the Castle. The tour is only in Hungarian language!
For those who would like to explore this museum from the comfort of their own homes, or don’t speak Hungarian, the museum offers the opportunity to take a virtual walk in the ’History of the Eger Castle’ exhibition. This amazing online walk has been prepared by our company Qulto. This exhibition gives an overview on the history of the castle’s architecture, its military background and shows its role in the Hungarian cultural history from the Árpád-age to the Rákóczi-war of independence.
Our last stop in Hungary is Skanzen.
The Hungarian Open Air Museum’s main objective is to show an accurate representation of the architecture and interior furnishings, collection of objects and spiritual relics of Hungarian language area. Through its collection the visitors can get a deeper insight into the cultural heritage of rural Hungary and into the social and cultural progress of the communities.
Skanzen shows rural Hungary in 8 regional units and opened to the public more than 400 preserved and furnished regional houses. In the form of a guided tour, visitors can get a better understanding of each of these regions. They provide guided tours of the exhibitions in English as well as Hungarian and International Sign Language.
For those who would like to explore the history of rural life in Hungary from the comfort of their homes, the museum offers a virtual walk of its exhibition.
Next, we are going to Romania, so stay with us and check what this country has to offer.