However Budapest is a fascinating city, there is plenty more to see in the countryside. The most obvious tours are to the artists’ colony in picturesque Szentendre and the famous Danube Bend, taking in the former religious centres of Esztergom and Visegrád to the North, all of which can be reached by boat. The small town of Gödöllő, just 30 km east of Budapest, is the site of Hungary’s largest Baroque mansion and a great location for a concert and a picnic on the grounds. The HÉV (urban railway) will take you there from Örs Vezér tér.Szentendre
The delightful Baroque old town of Szentendre is packed with galleries and museums, as well as a host of homely restaurants and pleasant outdoor cafés. The cobbled streets and attractive townhouses are worth exploring and you don't need to venture far up the hillside to find a local vineyard and a spectacular view. The Skanzen open-air museum is Hungary's largest collection of rural architecture and is designed to give visitors a feel for life outside the capital.Visegrád
Your first glimpse of Visegrád as you approach by boat will be the eye-catching ruins of the Royal Palace with Solomon's Tower. The surrounding hills offer panoramic hiking for those with more time and energy, as well as a summer bobsleigh course.Esztergom
Esztergom is famous for its imposing hilltop Basilica and its memorable location on the Danube. The home of Hungarian Catholicism and formally the state capital, the town is steeped in a history stretching back to the days of Saint Stephen. The town maintains a uniquely Hungarian charm that is manifested in a glut of traditional restaurants.Pilis and Börzsöny Highlands
The hills around the Danube to the north of Budapest are a perfect escape from the traffic and noise of Budapest and offer a natural world easily accessible by HÉV for day-trippers looking to stretch their legs.The Royal Palace in Gödöllő
30 kilometres from Budapest, the impressive Baroque mansion was the summer residence of Empress Elizabeth (known as Sissi). Today, it provides a breathtaking backdrop for concerts and opera performances all year round.For more information please turn to our reception.