Uphill from Dobó István tér is Hungary’s most famous castle (May–Sept daily 10am–6pm; Oct–April Tues–Sun 10am–4pm; 1600Ft including museums and casements; T36 312 744). Inside, you get a powerful sense of the sheer scale of the fortress, and can easily imagine the scene in 1552 when soldiers and local women (who volunteered to help) saw off a Turkish force six times their number – a cannon is fired every day at 15.52 to commemorate the event. There are three museums inside the fortress, but it’s the hundreds of metres of underground casements – reopened in May 2016 – that are an absolute must, and give you an insight into the techniques employed by the besiegers and the besieged.

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