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A few weeks ago I made a 5 days trip to Hungary, to explore Lake Balaton and Budapest and its surroundings.

My first stop on my short visit to Hungary was Lake Balaton, which is very popular in Hungary as a “beach” and SPA destination. But it is a lot more than that! I tried to find some other things to see, to expand a classic visit to Balaton. After that, I went to Budapest also.

Just before the Hungarian Capital, I made a stop in Szentendre town and at the stunning Prédikálószék viewpoint next to the Danube river. These destinations are close to Budapest, you can get there easily by car or public transport from the Hungarian capital.

I think my trip to Hungary was too short, so I definitely have to come back.

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Lake Balaton

Kis-Balaton is a region southwest of Lake Balaton, rich in natural and cultural values. The famous Island at Kis-Balaton swampland is the Kányavári Island (the one with the bridge). The area is included in the list of Wetlands of International Importance as Waterfowl Habitat, a popular natural reserve for birdwatchers and also for those who want to enjoy a walk in nature by the Zala River, which provides the largest inflow of water to the Lake Balaton.  

The Szent György-hegy is one of the most spectacular volcanic hill in the Tapolca area north of Lake Balaton. Probably, the most well-known and most wonderful sight of the hill are the basalt organ pipes.

Tapolca town and its Lake Cave

Tapolca is a little town close to Lake Balaton in Veszprém county and it is famous for its spectacular Lake Cave. The Lake Cave was discovered in 1903 during well-digging and was opened to the public ten years later, where you can rent a boat and explore the lake safely by yourself.

Lavender fields and ecological oil production in the town of Dörgicse.

The Festetics Palace is a baroque castle located in the town of Keszthely.

Szentendre

Szentendre is a cute little town that sits on the banks of the Danube Bend, and it’s also one of the easiest day trips you can plan from Budapest. You can get easily there by car, public transport – bus or direct suburban train – or even by bicycle!

Prédikálószék view point

On the hill above Dömös town, you can find one of the most scenic viewpoints to the Danube river, which is reachable after a short hike.

Budapest city

The Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the best-known monuments in Budapest. It is one of the most important tourist attractions due to the unique panorama of Budapest from the Neo-Romanesque lookout terraces. Worth waking up early before sunrise to enjoy the morning colours from this scenic location!

The Hungarian Parliament Building, also known as the Parliament of Budapest, is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, a notable landmark of Hungary and a very photogenic spot!

Gellért Hill is a 235 m high hill overlooking the Danube in Budapest. Great place to enjoy a sunset!

The Great Market Hall is the largest and one of the oldest indoor markets in Budapest. The idea of building such a large market hall arose from the first mayor of Budapest, Károly Kamermayer, and it was one of his largest investments.

The Budapest Metro M1 – or yellow line – is the oldest underground railway system in continental Europe and is only pre-dated by the London Underground. Budapest’s iconic Line 1 was completed in 1896. The new M4 line is an architectural beauty, listed among the most beautiful in the world. Every station has its own architectural design.

Hungary: Lake Balaton & Budapest

A few weeks ago I made a 5 days trip to Hungary, to explore around the Lake Balaton and the Budapest city center and surroundings. 

My first stop on my short visit to Hungary was Lake Balaton, which very popular in Hungary as a “beach” and SPA destination. But is a lot more of that! I tried to find some other things to see, to expand a classic visit of Balaton. 

After that I moved to Budapest, just before the Hungarian Capital i made a stop in Szentendre town and at the stunning Prédikálószék viewpoint on the Danube river. I think my trip to Hungary was to short, so I surely have to come back.

Check my Photo Gallery!

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