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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

Giurgiu

15 Day Voyage Through the Balkans

8 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Kalocsa

Vienna to Bucharest

1 sailing date April 2020
15 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest

Includes HUGE savings plus enjoy FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers!

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Bucharest

Vienna to Bucharest

1 sailing date April 2020
15 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest, Romania

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers | Limited time only! Book now and pay your balance by 31st December 2019 and receive an EXTRA £250 OFF per couple

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Budapest

Bucharest to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2020
14 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
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Bucharest

Bucharest to Budapest

7 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Bucharest to Vienna

1 sailing date April 2020
19 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna
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Budapest

Bucharest to Vienna

1 sailing date April 2020
19 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to Austria , Vienna
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Belgrade

Budapest to Istanbul

1 sailing date April 2019
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Istanbul
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Belgrade

Budapest to Istanbul

7 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Istanbul
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Budapest

Budapest to Belgrade

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Belgrade

Includes HUGE savings plus enjoy FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers!

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Budapest

Budapest to Belgrade

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Belgrade, Serbia

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers | Limited time only! Book now and pay your balance by 31st December 2019 and receive an EXTRA £250 OFF per couple

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Belgrade

Belgrade to Budapest

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Belgrade, Serbia, to Hungary , Budapest
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Kalocsa

Istanbul to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2020
15 Nights From Istanbul, to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Bucharest to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2019
8 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Bucharest to Budapest

7 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
8 Nights From Bucharest, Romania, Romania to Hungary , Budapest

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers | Limited time only! Book now and pay your balance by 31st December 2019 and receive an EXTRA £250 OFF per couple

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Bratislava

Vienna to Bucharest

1 sailing date April 2020
19 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest
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Belgrade

Danube Delta Odyssey

1 sailing date July 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Belgrade

Danube Delta Odyssey

1 sailing date July 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer - Budapest and Bucharest

4 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest, Romania

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers | Limited time only! Book now and pay your balance by 31st December 2019 and receive an EXTRA £250 OFF per couple

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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer

1 sailing date May 2020
7 Nights From Giurgiu, to Hungary , Budapest
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