Best Destinations to visit in Hungary in 2023
Beyond the unmissable Budapest, do you know the best destinations to visit in Hungary? Let yourself be seduced by the sparkling and cultural town of Veszprém, by the natural beauty of the Tihany peninsula and its views of Lake Balaton.
Veszprém County - Hungary
The city of Veszprém is wedged between the wooded slopes of the Bakony Hills and the northern shore of Lake Balaton. It is a place of rare and distinct natural and environmental assets and an attractive cityscape.
Veszprém is known to domestic and foreign visitors by the slogan the City of Queens.
Besides its location, its topography also makes it particularly attractive. Rising above the valley of the Séd Stream, the Baroque buildings on Castle Hill are the most significant landmark of the city and a distinctive part of its heritage. Several memorial sites, many of which are ecclesiastical, tell the story of the city’s thousand-year past and rich history.
Music and contemporary art play a leading role in the city’s cultural life and are important community-building forces. Due to the effervescence and diversity of its music scene, it earned the UNESCO City of Music designation in 2019. The respectable past of the City of Queens is paralleled by its present and future as it is the European Capital of Culture in 2023. Its joint developments and programmes with the Balaton region elevate the area into a European scene of culture and creativity.
Explore this buzzing city of a thousand colours, and let it enchant you by surprise!
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest (1h30 by car 3h by public transport).
Where to stay: “Historia & Historante”. Situated in the heart of Veszprém.
The capital of Hungary is undoubtedly one of the must see destinations during your stay in Hungary. A city in a stunning natural setting with a rich architectural and historical heritage, offering an unmatched combination of culture, blooming gastronomy and the advantages of thermal waters and world heritage sights.
Divided in two by the Danube, the city is made up of Buda on one side: with Ottoman-era thermal baths at the foot of Gellért Hill, the royal palace and Matthias Church, it radiates calm and peace.
On the other side lies Pest, vibrant and lively, with its slew of museums rich in cultural and historical treasures, extraordinary Art Nouveau architecture, its majestic Parliament building, Saint Stephen's Basilica surrounded by pedestrian streets, and its entirely renovated Jewish Quarter and Palace District. Massive murals, small pop-up sculptures and ruin bars full of random décor – Budapest is brimming with urban art. Striking paintings brighten the city's old firewalls and passers’ mood.
Book your flights to Budapest, your accommodation in Budapest as well as your tours and activities in Budapest such as a "Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink".
Where to stay: “Hotel Clark Budapest” Close to popular attractions.
Southern Transdanubia - Hungary
Fifth largest city in Hungary, Pecs, located near the Croatian border, is one of the must-visit places in Hungary.
Recognized for its architecture you will find in Pecs a unique heritage such as The domed Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kasim (built during the Ottoman occupation), Pecs Cathedral Towers as well as the Early Christian Mausoleum in Europe.
With its unique UNESCO heritage, its bars, restaurants, trendy shops, the relaxed and sparkling atmosphere of the city, Pecs is really a destination not to be missed during your stay in Hungary. Perfect for a cultural, shopping, romantic city-break, Pecs will also seduce culture lovers with its many museums.
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest (2h by car 3h30 by public transport).
Where to stay: "Palatinus Grand Hotel" located in the historic city centre.
Heves County - Hungary
Eger is one of Hungary's most famous towns, characterized by superior wines, natural healing water springs, and noteworthy monuments. It was founded in 1004 C. A., around the time King Stephen made Christianity the religion of the nation. Eger is influenced by Christian and Turkish culture, Baroque and Classicist architecture.
The town has a charming medieval atmosphere, where a thousand-year-old castle, thirty-eight temple towers and hills with vineyards provide a compelling backdrop.
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest (1h 20 by car – 2h30 by public transport).
Where to stay: "Imola Udvarhaz - Dessert Hotel". Located directly under the Castle of Eger.
Zala County - Hungary
The name of this town means hot water, which in itself shows what is going on here. The world's largest natural thermal lake that is suitable for swimming can be found here. A better reason is not needed to visit Hévíz.
Imagine a quiet, peaceful place amidst lush green forests where everything is about relaxation. A place where you can bathe amongst colourful water lilies in the gentle turquoise thermal water. A place centred to invigorate, revitalize and pamper yourself. Your imagination is reality in Hévíz!
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest (2h30 by car – 3h30 by public transport).
Where to stay: "NaturMed Hotel Carbona" with a thermal bath evoking the atmosphere of Roman times.
6. Tihany Peninsula
Balaton Lake - Hungary
A historic destination in Hungary, the Tihany Peninsula owes its name to the village of Tihany on the shore of Lake Balaton.
It is in the "Benedectine Tihany Abbey" that we discover the first documents written in Hungarian Language. It is also from this place that you will enjoy the most beautiful views of Lake Balaton, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.
Tihany Peninsula is also a land of legend, don't miss discovering the legend of the princess with the "goat nails". Tihany is also reputed to be the valley with the most incredible "echo" in Europe.
For its quality of life, its proximity to Lake Balaton, Tihany has become in recent years the village with the highest housing prices in Hungary.
To take advantage of this place at the best price book your accommodation today as well as your tours and activities such as at "Lake Balaton: Paddle Board Tour of Tihany National Park".
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest (1h30 by car).
Where to stay: “OliverLux ApartHotel”. Offering garden views and a terrace.
Csongrád-Csanád county - Hungary
Renowned worldwide for its university, Szeged is also renowned for its quality events throughout the year. Do not miss to visit it on May 21, the Day of the City, a day rich in cultural events, concerts, street entertainment.
Called "the City of Sunshine", Szeged is the sunniest city in Hungary and is also known for its imposing cathedral, an architectural gem that will delight Art Nouveau lovers. Also famous for its gastronomy (taste its famous fish soup) Szeged will also appeal to water sports enthusiasts thanks to the River Tiszga where you can also go on a boat trip, paddle, or kayak.
The city was completely flooded in 1879 and was almost completely destroyed, it was rebuilt and is rightly considered today as one of the most beautiful cities in Hungary.
How to get there: Book your flights to Szeged (1h30 by car - 2h30 by public transport).
Where to stay: "Art Hotel Szeged" is a design hotel in the heart of the city.
8. Balaton Lake
Transdanubian Region - Hungary
Although we have already listed the "Tihany Peninsula" (which is on the shores of Lake Balaton) among the best places to visit in Hungary, we could not miss to rank the whole lake Balaton among the best places to visit in Hungary.
This holiday destination is renowned for the beauty of its pure and fresh turquoise waters, its volcanic hills, its wellness and seaside resort towns and its high-end hotels which welcome a wealthy international clientele.
Book your flights to Budapest (1H30 by car), your accommodation as well as your tours and activities on the Lake Balaton such as a "The Turquoise Sea of Hungary: Lake Balaton Private Tour"..
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest (1H30 by car).
Where to stay: "Gizella Hotel and Restaurant" offers a restaurant and free on-site parking.
Heves County - Hungary
This year visit the open-air spa village of Egerszalók in northeastern Hungary (1h20 by car from Budapest - 2h30 by public transport).
The hot waters of this world famous source gush out at 68 degrees. This spa destination is, as its name suggests, located near Eger, also ranked among your best places to visit in Hungary and best wine destinations in Europe. (only 8 km - a bus connects the two towns several times a day).
Considered one of Hungary's hidden gems, Egerzalok is a perfect destination for a wellness stay in Hungary.
Book your flights to Budapest (1h20 by car - 2h30 by public transport), your accommodation as well as your tours and activities in Hungary such as a "From Budapest: Guided tour of Eger with wine tasting".
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest (1h20 by car).
Where to stay: "Shiraz Hotel Superior" located in the spa town of Egerszalok.
Pest County - Hungary
Like the capital Budapest, Szentendre is located on the Danube River. Renowned for its baroque architecture, Szentendre is also famous for the colourful houses and its cobbled streets.
You will also find numerous art galleries in Szentendre as well as a rich architectural heritage such as the 18th Century Greek Orthodox Blagovestenska Church.
Szentendre is a Mediterranean getaway just 40 minutes from the capital Budapest.
Where to stay: "Bükkös Hotel & Spa" offers an exclusive spa area and a restaurant.
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