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.