Hungary Driving Guide – Spend less, do more
Situated in Europe, Hungary is surrounded by seven other European countries and is an excellent gateway to explore the central part of the continent.
Hungary is a beautiful country offering many diverse landscapes mountains, rivers, lakes and vast plains. It is also home to Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe. In terms of tourism, Hungary is the 15th most visited country in the world, with Budapest often considered to be the most beautiful city on earth!
Hungary has much to offer the intrepid tourist and Budapest is the perfect base to explore the Hungarian countryside by rental car.
Budapest to Lake Balaton
1 hour 26 mins (135 km) (84 miles) via M7
Lake Balaton is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the country and not found too far from Budapest.
Known as the “Hungarian Sea” to locals, the lake offers varied attractions. Of course, many of these are linked to the water itself and include a number of watersports, sailing and swimming.
The lake is also famous for its beaches. The more popular included Zamárdi, Balatonfüred and Balatonakali. Small resort towns are found around the lake and offer varied accommodation including hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, self-catering cottages and guest houses.
Scenic Drive – Kékestető
(12 km ) (7 miles) – Kékestető Mountain Pass
Situated near the town of Gyöngyös, the Kékestető mountain pass is roughly a 1000m above sea-level. It is found in the Matra mountain range. The pass itself moves through an incredibly beautiful part of the mountains and other than their obvious beauty, the road winds through lush green forested areas.
Once at the top, discover the massive 176m high TV tower as well as an excellent restaurant. Lastly, don’t forget to spend some time on the observation deck to see some incredible views over the region.
Budapest to Szentendre
30 mins (22km) (13 miles) via Route 11
Located a mere 30 mins from central Budapest, the small town of Szentendre should be first on your list of day trips outside the capital. This quaint town is filled with beautiful cobblestone streets, restaurants, art galleries and the Skanzen open air museum. This museum is extremely popular as it gives a fascinating insight into the traditional Hungarian way of life including traditional dress. It also details other aspects of the country, including its beautiful architecture.
Make sure you visit various lookout points situated in the town that look over the famous Danube River and try some lángos, a traditional fried dough.
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