Château Béla is located in the town of Belá, located in the southern part of the Slovak Republic, bordering Hungary. Belá is just 10 km. / 6 ml. from the Danube river and the medieval town of Esztergom (Hungary). The region offers plenty of opportunities for those who like a natural and quiet environment, for hiking, biking, hunting, horse riding and touring the cultural sites located on both banks of the Danube river in the Slovak Republic as well as in Hungary.
ESZTERGOM, Hungary (15 minutes by car):
Esztergom is a city in Northern Hungary 46 km north-west of the capital Budapest. It lies in the Komárom-Esztergom county on the right bank of the river Danube, which forms the border with Slovakia. Esztergom was the capital of Hungary from the 10th till the mid-13th century when King Béla IV of Hungary moved the royal seat to Buda. Esztergom is the seat of the prímás of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary. It's also the official seat of the Constitutional Court of Hungary. The city has the Keresztény Múzeum ecclesiastical collection in Hungary. Its cathedral, Esztergom Basilica is the largest church in Hungary.
VISEGRÁD, Hungary (30 minutes by car):
Visegrád is a mall castle town in Pest County, Hungary famous for its spectacular view of the Danube bend. Situated north of Budapest on the right bank of the Danube Visegrád has a population 1,654 as of 2001. Visegrád is famous for the remains of the Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the medieval citadel.
Visegrád was first mentioned in 1009 as a county town and the chief town of an archdeaconry. After the destructive Mongol invasion of Europe in 1242, the town was rebuilt in a slightly different location to the south. King Charles I of Hungary made Visegrád, his hometown, the royal seat of Hungary in 1325. Visegrád lost importance after the partition of the Kingdom of Hungary following the Battle of Mohács, the leading politicians of Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland met here to form a periodical forum between these countries, the Visegrád Group, with an intentional allusion to the meeting centuries earlier in 1335.
Vadaš Thermal Resort Štúrovo, Slovakia (10 minutes by car):
Vadaš in Štúrovo is a popular thermal swimming pool area, offering a wide range of services. With its capacity, swimming pools of varying sizes, covered swimming pool, a range of buffets and sports facilities, it offers ideal conditions for relaxation for water and sun lovers.
There are 7 outdoor and 2 indoor pools, including a massage pool, year-round outdoor seating pool and a unique swimming pool with artificial waves in Slovakia.
Vadas Thermal Resort offers a variety of water slides, beach volleyball and football, an adventure park, a gokart race track, water pedal boats, fishing, wakeboard, tennis courts, minigolf, inflatable castles, children's playground, barbeque facility, table tenis and aquazorbing.
Štúrovo is the most southern city in Slovakia and attracts visitors with its interesting natural environment. Here begins the bend of the Danube with a breathtaking view of the classicist basilica in Ostrihom. In the city, the river Hron flows into the Danube, offering excellent conditions for adventurous trips.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (1.5 hours by car):
The history of Budapest began with Aquincum, originally a Celtic settlement that became the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia. Hungarians arrived in the territory in the 9th century. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241-42. The re-established town became one of the centres of Renaissance Humanist culture in the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács and nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule, development of the region entered a new age of prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Budapest became a global city after the 1873 unification. It also became the second capital of Austria-Hungary, a great power that dissolved in 1918. Budapest was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919, Operation Panzerfaust in 1944, the Battle of Budapest of 1945, and the Revolution of 1956.
DANUBE RIVER CRUISES:
Château Béla is located in the vicinity of Esztergom, the Hungarian counterpart of Štúrovo, both located on the banks of the Danube river, which at the same time is as well the border between these two countries. Esztergom, located just 10 minutes by car from the Château, offers frequent ferry connections to Bratislava and Budapest, from April to October. These ferries travel a picturesque route along the Danube allowing you an impression of Habsburg architecture and unspoiled and fascinating nature. All ferries feature catering facilities, and large sundecks making a cruise on the Danube an unforgettable experience.