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Discover Budapest as a local and two day trips as a bonus

Budapest is known for its great architecture and wild parties. But there's more than that, hereby I invite you to check out some hidden gems and to do a day trip once you checked the must-see items.

by fanni feketeAbout Me:I am on my dream vacation right now: it's going somewhere very far away from home for half a year and just experiencing the culture and a journey inside and out. Right now, I am doing this in Latin America. I hope to learn about different ... read more

EuropeHungary3 days / March 2021

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Caving in Budapest - yes it is a thing here. "Hand of fate" viewpoint in Hollókő

In Hollókő there are likely not as many English speakers, so be prepared with your translator app

Itinerary Overview

As a local, I will recommend a 3-4 day itinerary to do after the main sights of Budapest. It will include two daytrips, check it out and let's see what do you like: caving, drinking wine, hiking a bit or chilling with locals in an art-café.

  • 3 Nights: Budapest
    Architecture, culture and some surprising nature - all in one city. The Paris of Eastern Europe (this title is claimed by multiple cities, all well-deserved)
  • Day trip: Etyek
    Wine village close to Hungary with lots of events
  • Day trip: Hollókő
    Unesco World Heritage site and "Hand of Fate" viewpoint

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    As a local, I did not have unpleasant surprises. If you're a vegetarian/vegan you'll be fine in Budapest and also in Etyek, but Hollókő is more traditional, I think you are able to find vegetarian options, but keeping a vegan diet might be challenge. Keep it in mind.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Go for all the touristy things because Budapest is beautiful. Check the castle the parliament and the party district and a thermal spa. But extend your stay with a few days, and explore more it's worth it.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Inside Budapest use public transportation. It is good cheap, and has real time update on google maps (as the vehicles are GPS tracked). A car is just extra stress for parking, if you need a car, you can use Share Now in Budapest as well, and for higher rates you can take it to daytrips out of the city. In this case, make sure to buy a highway permission (autópálya matrica) for the car, because they do not have it as default. You can also rent a car of course. For daytrips I recommend having a car because it gives you more flexibility.

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