Day trips from Budapest

Szentendre, Visegrad, Esztergom and Godollo are just some of the post popular destinations around Budapest which are definitely worth a visit.
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Budapest surroundings hide some real architectural gems. If you follow the course of the Danube towards north from the Hungarian capital city, you can reach the panoramic bay of the river which, back in the past, was known as the Roman limes. Today it is possible to reach the characteristic cities scattered along the Danube river by train, ferry and bike, especially during summer months.

Among the most beautiful cities there are Szentendre, which is one of the most touristic destinations, Visegrad, an ancient medieval town, Esztergom, the ancient capital of Hungary, and Godollo, which is famous for its medieval castle.

South from Budapest there is the Great Hungarian Plain, which offers various parks inhabited by protected species. When the Danube breaks down it shapes Csepel Island, which was very popular among Hungarian princes.

In the western side of Budapest there are various medieval towns built by the German colonists after the wars against the Turks, which make up the famous Via Imperialis connecting Esztergom, where the Royal Palace was located, to Szekesfehervar, where many Hungarian kings were crown.

Besides their artistic beauty, the cities around Budapest can be reached to enjoy the benefits of their thermal waters or to participate to the typical Hungarian parties, or to practice outdoor sports and activities.

Day tours and guided tours from Budapest

If you have an extra day and you want to dedicate it to an excursion around Budapest, book a guided tour with transfer from Budapest city centre: Hungary has a lot to offer to every visitor, from beautiful towns to magnificent palaces like Godollo Palace, as well as beautiful views of the Danube.

From Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Sissi Guided Tour
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Travel from Budapest to Gödöllő and visit the former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth, affectionately known as Sissi. You’ll marvel at the beautifully renovated royal palace, which is the second-largest Baroque chateau in the world.
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Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest
4.1 / 5
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Take an adventure back in time as you tour the Blue Danube and visit historic attractions, from the heart of the Catholic Church at Esztergom, the largest basilica in Hungary and the former royal residence of Visegrád.
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From Budapest: Full-Day Danube Bend Bus/Boat Tour with Lunch
4.1 / 5
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Jump into Hungarian history along the Danube. Visit Esztergom and Szentendre, and pay a short visit to Slovakia. Return to Budapest along the Danube. Enjoy the 1-hour boat tour from November to March.
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From Budapest: Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour with Meal
4.8 / 5
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Enjoy a small group wine tasting tour near Budapest and savor a home-cooked meal as well. Meet with local winemakers and taste a variety of quality Hungarian wines from the family owned wine cellars.
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Szentendre Half-Day Tour from Budapest
4.1 / 5
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Explore the riverside town of Szentendre on a tour of the Danube Bend from Budapest. Wander down streets beloved by artists to see well-preserved houses. Return to the capital by boat or bus.
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Sports and activities around Budapest

The small towns and the islands around the Hungarian capital city are the perfect spot where to practice sports around Budapest; they can be reached by car and by bicycle, thanks to the bicycle lane along the Danube.

Mountain bike and hiking lovers can reach the hills following the paths marked around Pilis, as well as the Visegrad and Borzsony mountains. Speleology and climbing lovers can reach the Oszoly rocky wall of Csobanka. Along the Danube, in Soroksar, Szentendre, God and Esztergom it is possible to practice all kinds of water sports such as canoa, water skiing, or driving a jet ski.

Engine lovers will enjoy the numerous structures located near the Formula One circuit of Mogyorod, such as the Hungarokart Center and the Xtreme Quad Park. At the Budakeszi-Farkashegy, Budaors, Dunakeszi, Gbdolld and Esztergom airports it is possible to practice the following activities: glinding, powered flight, hang-glider, and hot-air baloon.

Per gli amanti della pesca il Danubio, in particolare i suoi rami di Szentendre e di Rackeve, e alcuni laghi intorno a Budapest sono famosi per la ricchezza delle loro acque. Nei pressi di Budapest ci sono numerose aree di caccia, nei territori montuosi si trovano cervi, caprioli, mufloni e cinghiali, in pianura ci sono fagiani e lepri e nelle acque anatre selvatiche.

Fishing lovers will be happy to know that the Danube river, in particular the Szentendre and Rackeve creeks, as well as some lakes around Budapest are famous for the richness of their waters.

Around Budapest there are several hunting areas. Around the mountains it is possible to find deers, roe deers, mouflons, and wild boars, while around the plain there are pheasant, hares, and wild ducks.

Hungarians are strongly passionated about stables and equitation, and around all these villages it is possible to practice these activities. Golf is getting more and more popular in Budapest thanks to the presence of various golf camps and clubs.

On winter time it is possible to ski around Visegrad.

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Cruises on Danube in Budapest

Cruises on Danube in Budapest

Danube cruises offer the opportunity to admire the main monuments and attractions of the Hungarian capital city from a unusual perspective.
The Royal Palace of Godollo

The Royal Palace of Godollo

The Royal Palace of Godotto is the world's second largest Baroque castle. Located less than 30 km from Budapest, it was built in the 18th century.
Szentendre

Szentendre

Szentendre is located about 20 km away from Budapest and it is a very nice town to visit on a day-trip from the capital.
Esztergom

Esztergom

Esztergom is a great destination for a day-trip. Among its monuments there are the largest church of Hungary and the Bakocz Chapel.
Visegrad

Visegrad

Visegrad is the ideal destination for a day-trip outside Budapest, where to enjoy a magnificent view of the Danube river and a visit to the Royal Palace
Tourism in Hungary

Tourism in Hungary

Debrecen

Debrecen

Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary. Thanks to its touristic offers it is a really interesting place to visit.
Balaton Lake

Balaton Lake

Balaton Lake is the largest lake in Central Europe. It is a tourist destination that welcomes millions of visitors and residents every year.

How to save on transport and entrance fees

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Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours
Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours
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