Last Word on Esztergom

Okay, Villy has taken me to task for not appreciating Esztergom and in all fairness I want to publish the last comment on the subject. Let me say this about Villy’s comment. She or he is correct and did make me think if I were not a tourist or acting like one under a tight time schedule, I would most likely have found more to savor. It has also reminded me of times that I have had to defend a place that I loved from some ingrate who did not see it through my eyes. With that said, Thank YOU Villy. This is the end of the topic for published posts now. I do appreciate feedback – positive, negative as long as it is constructive.

“Ok, ok!

So you weren’t impressed by the tallest building in Hungary, one of the biggest churches in Europe, the thickest walls of Central Europe, coronation jewels, treasury with the most decorative chalice in the world, relics and remains of numerous saints and kings of Hungary on display, one of the biggest codexes in the world (110 kg), the only surviving Renaissance building of Hungary, the third biggest Christian art museum of the world, including the biggest collection of medieval Italian paintings outside of Italy itself, the interactive Danube Museum named European Museum of the year a couple of years back, had no interest in the Mindszenty Museum, the former house of 20th century poet Mihály Babits, that has all the autographs of almost every influential poet, writer or journalist in the country, had no interest in a 1000 year old castle, with 500 year old frescoes, the only surviving Ottoman mosque this far along the Danube, the only major cave open to the public in Komárom-Esztergom county, brand new spa, the biggest ecclestial library and archive in the country. It’s not well known, but the town even has an underwater museum in the Suburbs in a lake. You mentioned that you didn’t attend the vine-show, you probably didn’t stay until night to see the guitar festival (Al di Meola was playing on Sunday). So either you didn’t know about the above or you were not interested in any of them. Just let me ask you this: What does a town with a 30k population have to offer where you come from?

Look, I don’t mean to be rude, I’m just pissed off, cause this is my town you’re talking about, and it’s not true that this is a one-horse town, and whenever I go somewhere new I look up a few places to see there, OR I go there not knowing sh*t, but I’m definitely not saying that the town had nothing to offer besides the one thing I actually visited. ”


  1. It never fails to amaze me how quick Villy can detect every mention of Esztergom on the internet. Just write the word, and he turns up within hours 😀
    Looks to me that your displeasure with Esztergom stems from the behaviour of that Michael guy, rather than the town itself. Esztergom is awesome, especially all those Gothic paintings I've seen there. 🙂

  2. Hello again! I'm sorry you didn't have time to get around town, so I made this video just for you (and in fairness: for anybody else with internet access)

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