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About Kalocsa

Kalocsa lies 88 miles south of Budapest, in the centre-south of Hungary. The town encompasses surrounding marshlands, vineyards and gardens, and lies only three miles from the river Danube itself, so when cruising the lower portions of this legendary river you’ll often find yourself sailing past the town and a number of itineraries also offer you the opportunity to explore it, too. Kalocsa is one of the oldest towns in Hungary – practically as old as the state of Hungary itself – and one of the richest in both history and culture. With a population of about 20,000 and with most people working out of the town in both fishing and agriculture, Kalocsa is ideally suited for visitors looking for an easy-going trip around the historic town centre and a great choice of local cultural landmarks.

Exploring Kalocsa

One of the main architectural draws in Kalocsa is the beautiful twin-towered Cathedral of St Mary, located opposite the Archiepiscopal Treasury and adjacent to the Holy Trinity column in the square of the same name. The cathedral is a hymn in itself to the classical Baroque style, a feast for the eyes, boasting a palatial white and gold interior. This close proximity means it’s possible to explore a number of the town’s landmarks easily and indeed the aforementioned column is always a popular site, dating back to 1786 and bearing likenesses of St John of Nepomuk, St Sebastianus and St Florian. Saint Stephen meanwhile, is granted his own statue, located in front of the aforementioned cathedral.  

Kalocsa is also home to the Archbishop’s Palace, a clerical seminary for training priests and various teacher training colleges – all reminders of the town’s Catholic influence, and its historical reputation as a home of academics, clergy and craftspeople. Built on the sight of a 14th century castle, it is baroque in style it is a fascinating place to explore. As you would imagine, the Ceremonial Hall is one of its grandest open spaces and home to some fabulous frescos as well as a number of astrological curios and maps along with a certified replica of the Hungarian Holy Crown and Sceptre. The Library is another highlight and houses around 150,000 books one of which is key Protestant Reformation figure Martin Luther’s own bible.

For a more personal look at the culture of Kalocsa and its people, during your visit you may have the chance to see a traditional Magyar cowboy equestrian show. Kalocsa itself sits on the Puszta, or Great Hungarian Plain, a land of ranches and riders and the shows typically feature horse parades and fast-paced displays of horsemanship, originally stemming from a more militaristic era when the town found itself at the mercy of the Ottoman Empire and later, opposing Protestant forces.

Kalocsa tips

The currency in Hungary is the Forint, so be sure to take a little of it with you if you're thinking of buying something to eat or drink while in the town.

Kalocsa Itineraries

Vidin

Passage to Eastern Europe - Budapest to Bucharest

32 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Passage to Eastern Europe - Bucharest to Budapest

29 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
10 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Bucharest

Danube Delta Discovery

1 sailing date April 2019
16 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna, Austria
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Budapest

Budapest, The Pearl Of The Danube

2 sailing dates August 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Bucharest

Contrasts of the Danube Bucharest to Budapest

1 sailing date May 2019
9 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Tulcea to Linz

8 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
12 Nights From Tulcea, to Linz
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Linz

From The Blue Danube to The Balck Sea

6 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Linz, to Tulcea
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Budapest

Easter Danube Discoveries

1 sailing date May 2021
11 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Vienna, Austria
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Vienna

Easter Danube Discoveries

1 sailing date September 2021
11 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Vienna, Austria
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Budapest

Black Sea Explorer - Budapest to Bucharest

2 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Sibenik

The Danube and the Dalmatian Coast

1 sailing date April 2019
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Dubrovnik
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Budapest

Vienna and the Blue Danube Vienna

6 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From Vienna, to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Vienna and the Blue Danube Vienna to Budapest

7 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From Vienna, to Hungary , Budapest
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Sibenik

From the Dalmatian Coast to the Danube

1 sailing date April 2019
14 Nights From Dubrovnik, to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Transylvania and the Danube Budapest to Transylvan

1 sailing date July 2019
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Transylvania
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Amsterdam

European Sojourn - Amsterdam to Bucharest

22 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2020
22 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Koblenz

European Sojourn - Bucharest to Amsterdam

23 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2020
22 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Bucharest

Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania

3 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
13 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Vienna

The Spectacular Danube to The Black Sea

1 sailing date September 2019
16 Nights From Liege, to Liege
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Nuremberg

Treasures of the Danube - Nuremberg and Bucharest

4 sailing dates April 2019 to June 2019
15 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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