Miskolc, located in the northeastern part of Hungary is the third most populous city in the country. The city of Miskolc used to be one of the centers for heavy industry in the past but today it is a regional center of northern Hungary. The city is surrounded by the high and beautiful Bukk Mountain and it is popular amongst travelers seeking active recreation. Its most famous attraction though is the cave bath in Miskolctapolca or Miskolc-Tapolca. The city draws in visitors who want to experience the healing properties of the thermal waters, due to its high concentration of minerals. Although the city has a few interesting places to visit in its downtown area, most of the popular and well-known attractions are located outside the city. Miskolc truly has something for everyone, and is therefore a great family-friendly destination. Muslim visitors should be aware that it will be it difficult to locate Muslim friendly-facilities in Miskolc.
The city of Miskolc has many attractions and activities, some that can be found in its downtown area include; the Ottó Herman Museum and the Avas Observation Tower; from which travelers can enjoy panoramic views of the city. There is much to explore, and the best way to see the downtown area is on foot. However most of the city’s sites are located outside the city center and travelers will have to either use public transport or take a taxi to get there.
The city’s most famous and a must-visit attraction is the bath caves situated in Miskolctapolca. The thermal bath in the natural cave offers visitors an experience like no other. Visitors can splash around, play and even walk around this large cave and outside the cave there are pools visitors can swim in. Those visiting Miskolc must include a visit to the bath caves in their itineraries.
The medieval Castle of Diósgyőr is another popular attraction among tourists. Those on holiday with children must also pay a visit to the Miskolc Zoo; which is home to not only local wild animals but also houses a number of exotic animals. This popular zoo started off as a wild park housing only animals found in the Bukk Mountain. Lastly, those wanting to indulge in some retail therapy should visit Miskolc Plaza and Szinvapark; two of the malls found in the downtown area of the city.
Miskolc has no international airport. The closest major airport is in Košice, Slovakia. However the closest major Hungarian airport is the Debrecen International Airport, which is approximately 126 kilometres from the Miskolc city center. Another major airport that visitors could use is the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport located in Budapest, approximately 190 kilometres from the city of Miskolc.
Miskolc has no known halal restaurants. Muslim travelers will have to dine at seafood or vegetarian restaurants or dine on seafood or vegetarian dishes at non-halal restaurants, after making sure the ordered meal does not contain any non-halal ingredients. Travelers also have the option of preparing their own meals if they have facilities for cooking. Muslim travelers should be aware that most restaurants in Miskolc do serve alcohol.
There are no known Islamic centers or mosques in Miskolc; therefore Muslim travelers will find it hard to locate suitable prayer facilities when necessary. They could however use the privacy of their hotel rooms to offer their prayers before leaving on their daily excursions. Muslim visitors could also find out from the locals if there is a clean and quiet area they could use to offer their prayers when they are away from the hotel.