Top 10 Unique Day Trips and Weekend Getaways from Budapest, Hungary
Top 10 Unique Day Trips and Weekend Getaways from Budapest, Hungary

Top 10 Unique Day Trips and Weekend Getaways from Budapest, Hungary

Discover the Beauty of Hungary: Top 10 Unique Ideas to Explore the Fantastic Hungarian Culture and History


Budapest is a beautiful and bustling city with many attractions, but Hungary offers much more than its capital. From quaint villages to scenic lakes, there’s no shortage of unforgettable day trips and weekend getaways. Here are some unique and pithy ideas to explore the surrounding areas and experience different aspects of the fantastic Hungarian culture and history.



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Székesfehérvár

Székesfehérvár
  • Steeped in culture, history, and beautiful architecture as the coronation place of the first Hungarian kings and capital of the medieval Kingdom of Hungary
  • Bory Castle – a husband, Jenő Bory loved his wife so much that he started to build this castle for her, with his own hands

9

Vác

Vác
  • A small town, just 30 minutes by train from Budapest – Hungary’s first railway led here in 1846
  • Danube promenade, cathedral, Triumphal Arch, old town with baroque and rococo architecture, calm, relaxed, laid-back atmosphere

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Veszprém

Veszprém
  • Fantastic architecture, stunning view, Statues of St. Stephen and Queen Gisella, Castle Hill, Fire Tower, Bishop’s Palace, St. Michael’s Cathedral
  • City of Queens – Veszprém Castle was the seat of Hungarian queens in the 10th century
  • European Capital of Culture in 2023

7

Esztergom

Esztergom
  • The Basilica of Esztergom is the largest catholic church in Hungary, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Houses the third largest organ in Europe, the largest canvas painting in the world; Magnificent view of the surrounding area from the cupola
  • It was the capital of Hungary for 256 years, Esztergom is now a quiet little town on the Danube with a medieval vibe, easily accessible by train from Budapest

6

Eger

Eger
  • Eger Castle, historic baroque old town, thermal spas, Europe’s northernmost minaret from the medieval Ottoman Empire
  • Rich and famous wine making area with many wineries and wine tasting opportunities

5

Szentendre

Szentendre
  • Mediterranean atmosphere, laid back vibe, reminiscent of other small European towns and villages with narrow baroque style streets, family-owned shops, and restaurants
  • Just a few miles North of Budapest with churches, museums, souvenir and art shops, bars, cafés, and restaurants
  • Easily accessible by suburban train (HÉV)

4

Hollókő

Hollókő
  • UNESCO world heritage village with fantastically restored and preserved houses built over 100 years ago revives the way of life of local Paloc people
  • Art and craft shops, museums, workshops, ruins of the castle on the top of the hill

3

Győr

Győr
  • A surprise city with a quaint baroque old town, beautiful corners, churches, colorful squares, and magnificent architecture
  • Called the City of Rivers as it is located at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, the Raba, and the Rabca

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Visegrád and the Danube Bend

The view from the Visegrád Citadel
  • Fantastic history and stunning panoramic views from the castle, Royal seat of Hungary in the 14th century, King Matthias Corvinus’ residence in the 15th century
  • Hosted a peace congress between the Hungarian, Bohemian, and Polish kings in 1335; Leaders of Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Hungary met here again in 1991 to form the Visegrád Group
  • Take a ship operating on a regular schedule

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Northern shore of Lake Balaton

Northern shore of Lake Balaton
  • Rich cultural history, beautiful mountains, unique microclimate, high-quality wines, romantic villages, and art festivals
  • The region also called the Hungarian Mediterranean or the Hungarian Tuscany

Bonus:

Pécs

Pécs
  • Founded by the Romans, 2,000 years of history, a meeting place of peoples and religions, a vibrant cultural heritage
  • Unesco listed ancient necropolis, Early Christian Mausoleum, Zsolnay ceramics, Roman and Turkish ruins, Pécs Cathedral, Mosque of Pasha Gazi Qasim
  • European Capital of Culture in 2010

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