Attractions of Gyula



Discover the main attractions of the picturesque town of Gyula. 

Located in the south-eastern corner of the country, on the banks of the Körös River, Gyula and its surroundings offer visitors a wealth of things to discover. Whether you want to conquer the town, keep your hiking boots in the boot or love gastronomy, you’ll find it in and around Gyula, which lies on the Romanian border.

Gyula Castle

The best known and most obvious attraction is the castle, built in the 14th century, which was not only one of the most important end castles of the Kingdom of Hungary, but also one of the oldest brick castles built on flat ground in Europe. The Sigismund-era building houses a huge castle museum and at its foot is a magical boating lake. In summer, the castle is transformed into a real community space, with performances and concerts.

“Százéves” confectionery

The name is deceptive, as the master pastry chef András Salis founded his workshop and confectionery in 1840 in a former pharmacy building. The stunning sweets are a real tonic for the soul: you can taste Cadeau handcrafted bonbons, chocolates, cakes and other desserts in stunning surroundings. The furniture and interior design evoke the bubbly atmosphere of a turn-of-the-century café, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a film.

Castle Baths and Aquapalota

The Castle Baths are just a stone’s throw from Gyula Castle, where you can relax in the cold and thermal pools, while the Aquapalota offers a selection of slides for the more adventurous. There is also a sauna park where you can take part in a variety of seances and a night spa.

Almássy Castle Visitor Centre

If you want more than a classic museum, Almássy Castle is the place to go. Did you know that Ferenc Erkel’s grandfather lived in the castle as a courtier? The composer also stayed here several times, but Mihály Munkácsy also took wings here under the painter Elek Szamossy. The permanent, interactive exhibition gives an insight into the daily life of the aristocracy, but there is also a lookout and escape rooms.

Mályvád Forest

The second largest forest in the Great Plain, one of the country’s most untouched wild landscapes, the thousandth protected area in Hungary. Many animal and plant species are represented here, and in a forest of oaks and wild cypresses you will find one of the world’s largest populations of fallow deer. If you put on your trekking boots and set off, you’ll soon be immersed in the magnificent scenery that unfolds before your eyes.

Wenckheim Castle

Opened in 2022 and fully renovated, the castle is just a short, quarter-hour drive from Gyula in Szabadkígyó. The castle is a great place to visit for little ones and grown-ups alike, with paintings in the building that can be re-coloured on a digital drawing board and volumes in the storytelling bookcase selected on a touch screen. The aim is to learn about everyday life in an interactive way.

Ferenc Erkel Memorial House

The Erkel family lived in this house, built in 1795, between 1808 and 1841, where Ferenc Erkel was born, in Gyula. In the permanent exhibition, you can visit all the rooms of the composer’s birthplace, learn about his life and his family, and see the everyday life of the house.

Gyulavári Castle Beerhouse and Brewery

Hungary’s first bio brewery is located in Gyula, where craft beers are made from organic ingredients using ancient grains. In the brewery you can get acquainted with the secrets of beer brewing and of course you can taste them.