MONDAY, AUGUST 05, 2019
So you’ve seen Budapest and you have partied enough for maybe 3 lifetimes. But there’s a lot more to Hungary than it’s capital!
Wine regions are a-plenty and although the country is landlocked, Hungary is also home to the amazing Lake Balaton; “The Hungarian Sea”. Once you’ve sufficiently gotten Buda-pissed, check out our top 5 day trips from Budapest picked by our very own staff and explore the country! We promise it’s worth it!
Around 2 and a half hours away in northern Hungary is Eger. A charming small town and wine region, rich in history and more wine. Famous for repelling the Turkish attack in 1552 during the Siege of Eger, is the medieval Eger Castle. A fantastic landmark to check off the list for your Euro trip with an amazing story to tell. Check out the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Apostle and the Eger Minaret. Once you’ve walked around town and grabbed some Gulyás, the best thing to do in (in our opinion) is head to The Valley of the Beautiful Women. A hill full of wine cellars shaped like horse shoes for easy cellar-hopping. Wine here is abundant, cheap and good! You’ll be sure to find the famous “Bull’s Blood” wine here!
North of Budapest and lying on the shore of the Danube you’ll find Szentendre. This is probably the closest to the capital on our top 5 and is a must see! Known for its baroque architecture, colourful houses and cobble-stoned streets, you can find museums, churches, enchanting narrow streets, staircases, alleyways, and some of the best Lángos we have ever tried! Going to Szentendre is also a perfect chance to jump on a boat and sail down the Danube for a scenic ride to your destination. Another must see here is the Retro Design Center. A time travelling museum filled with toys, gadgets and a huge collection of vintage cars from the 70’s and 80’s.
So “The Hungarian Sea”. Lake Balaton. A personal favourite of ours and the BEST way to relax and have a swim in the summer here in Hungary. The PartyBookers crew make regular trips down to Lake Balaton for staff retreats and we absolutely love it! This lake is absolutely huge and the shoreline measures up to 197km/122miles! There's a reason it's referred it as a sea. Of all the surrounding towns around the lake, Siófok would be the best for backpackers as it is also the party capital of the region. There are plenty of places to drink, dance, swim and eat here, and it’s a perfect little getaway destination for anyone craving the ocean but can’t quite get there.
Visegrád is a small town just north of Budapest on the right bank of the Danube and is home to the High Castle and the beautiful rolling Visegrád Hills. Apart from dining in restaurants, drinking wine and hiking to the castle, Visegrád hosts amazing panoramic views. Check out the Visegrád Citadel, drink at the Zugfozde Palinka Museum, walk around the Matyas Kiraly Museum and don’t miss the Visegrad Bobsled Track! (Also known as a toboggan hill).
Last on our list is a small village about 30km from Budapest in Fejér county called Etyek. Etyek is famous for its wine, specifically Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sparkling wine. Etyek goers are known for returning to the capital quite boozy from a day of wine and of coarse, more Pálinka. Wineries include the Nadas Winery, Etyeki Kuria Winery, Anonym Winery, the Etyek.M Winery and the Haraszthy Vineyards. Although Etyek is only 30kms away, you will feel far further than that after submerging yourself in this traditional village. Be sure to check out what annual events are on when you’re in town. Popular times to go are during the Etyek Cellar Festival, Earth Day, the Etyeki Guardian-Footed Gastronomy Festival and the Etyeki Picnic which happens four times a year.