Visiting Kaposvár

Kaposvár is a Hungarian city situated at approximately 185 kilometers from Budapest, within the region of Southern Transdanubia, and in the County of Somogy of which it is capital. This city offers a great amount of tourist attractions and interesting spots to visit, being this way a great choice for those who, during a vacation in Hungary, wish to travel to the western area of the country.

The area where Kaposvár nowadays is located was already inhabited as long ago as in the 40th century BC, being this way a very attractive spot for archaeologists, anthropologists and historians. Besides this, there is also evidence indicating that this city was also inhabited during the 5th century BC by Celtic settlers.

The first official mention of Kaposvár as a city dates from beginnings of the 11th century, when it was named in a document of the Episcopate of Pecs. But besides that specific mention in that document, there is not much more information about the city during that époque or the following centuries. The first fact known about the city after that époque dates from the 15th century, when an important rectangular castle was built.

For more than a hundred years, between middles of the 16th century and middles of the 17th century, Kaposvár was occupied by the Ottomans. towards middles of the 18th century, the city became capital of the county, and in the following decades it grew at a very fast pace. Also during this époque, a very important railway connecting Zagreb with Budapest was built through this city, allowing it to become a very relevant commercial and industrial spot.

When visiting Kaposvár, tourists would be able to meet many interesting spots and attractions. One of the most interesting tourist attractions visitors should not miss in Kaposvár is the Ruins of the Benedictine Monastery of Kaposszentjakab, a construction which combines Romanesque and Gothic styles in a very interesting way. Among the several other attractions this city offers, we can name, for example, the Csiky Gergely Theatre, the Rippl Ronai Museum, the Golden Lion Pharmacy, the Baroque St Donat Chapel, the Vaszary Gallery, and the Dorottya house, among many others.

Map of Kaposvár in Hungary