53 days in Hungary Itinerary

53 days in Hungary Itinerary

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53 days in Hungary Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Budapest
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gyor
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Balatonfured
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Keszthely
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Pecs
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Szeged
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Debrecen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Miskolc
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Eger
— 7 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Bus + Fly:  6​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

10
nights
Budapest

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, and admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip planning app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Budapest is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Budapest dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gyor.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 20:
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

5
nights
Gyor

Gyor ©
Győr is the most important city of northwest Hungary, the capital of Győr-Moson-Sopron County and Western Transdanubia region, and—halfway between Budapest and Vienna—situated on one of the important roads of Central Europe. Get out of town with these interesting Gyor side-trips: Pannonhalma Archabbey (in Pannonhalma), Borvar Tata (in Tata) and Kemenes Vulkanpark (in Celldomolk). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ferto / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape, pause for some serene contemplation at Herz-Jesu-Pfarrkirche, make a trip to Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, and do a tasting at Csabi Miklos' Cellar.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gyor driving holiday planner .

Drive from Budapest to Gyor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Gyor are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Balatonfured.

Things to do in Gyor

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Mor, Sopron, Pannonhalma Archabbey, Kemenes Vulkanpark, Abbey church of St George
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kemenes Vulkanpark ©
Kemenes Vulkanpark
Geszler Family Winery ©
Geszler Family Winery
Herz-Jesu-Pfarrkirche ©
Herz-Jesu-Pfarrkirche

3
nights
Balatonfured

Balatonfured ©
Balatonfüred is a popular resort town in Veszprém county, in Hungary, with a population of 13,000, situated on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. Venture out of the city with trips to Mezitkali - Footstools (in Mindszentkalla), Borostyan Fountain (in Bakonybel) and Heviz (Thermal Lake of Heviz & Mary Magdalene church in Egregy). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruins of the Pauline Monastery, appreciate the history behind Balaton Szive szobor, and get great views at Jokai kilato - Tamas hegy.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Balatonfured holiday planner .

Getting from Gyor to Balatonfured by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Balatonfured are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Keszthely.

Things to do in Balatonfured

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Heviz, Balaton Szive szobor, Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy), Ozora Castle, Ruins of the Pauline Monastery
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy) ©
Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy)
Thermal Lake of Heviz ©
Thermal Lake of Heviz
Ozora Castle ©
Ozora Castle

5
nights
Keszthely

Keszthely ©
Keszthely is a Hungarian city of 20,895 inhabitants located on the western shore of Lake Balaton. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Keszthely: Konyari Pinceszet (in Balatonlelle), Borbely Csaladi Pinceszet (in Badacsonytomaj) and Kisfaludy Aussichtsturm (in Badacsony). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Balaton, learn about winemaking at ValiBor-Vali Peter Boraszata, browse the exhibits of Star Castle Museum, and get great views at Szep Look-out.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Keszthely trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Balatonfured to Keszthely by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Keszthely are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Pecs.

Things to do in Keszthely

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Balatonederics, Lake Balaton, Szentharomsag Kapolna, Szep Look-out, Skizo Wine House
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Balaton ©
Lake Balaton
Szep Look-out ©
Szep Look-out
ValiBor-Vali Peter Boraszata ©
ValiBor-Vali Peter Boraszata

6
nights
Pecs

Pecs ©
Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pecs: Assumption Cathedral (in Kalocsa), Siklos (Malkocs Bej Mosque, Malatinszky Kuria Organic Wine Estate, & more) and Mohacs (The Statue of the Three Nationalities & Busoudvar). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Early Christian Mausoleum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pecs Cathedral, go for a walk through Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, and Head underground at Abaliget Cave.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Pecs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Keszthely to Pecs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Pecs can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Szeged.

Things to do in Pecs

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Siklos, Mohacs, Zselici Star Park, Sauska, Assumption Cathedral
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Early Christian Mausoleum ©
Early Christian Mausoleum
Pecs Cathedral ©
Pecs Cathedral
Zsolnay Museum ©
Zsolnay Museum

6
nights
Szeged

Szeged ©
Szeged is the third largest city of Hungary, the largest city and regional centre of the Southern Great Plain and the county seat of Csongrád county. Change things up with these side-trips from Szeged: Gyula Almasy Castle (in Gyula), Szarvas (Mini Magyarorszag & Slovak House) and Thorma Janos Muzeum (in Kiskunhalas). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Maze Theme Park Csillagosveny, look for gifts at Hazavarazs Gift Shop, examine the collection at Pinter Muvek Military Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of University of Szeged.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Szeged driving holiday planner.

Getting from Pecs to Szeged by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Szeged are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Debrecen.

Things to do in Szeged

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kecskemet, Szarvas, Maze Theme Park Csillagosveny, Pinter Muvek Military Museum, Gyula Almasy Castle
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Bozso Gyujtemeny ©
Bozso Gyujtemeny
University of Szeged ©
University of Szeged
Cifrapalota ©
Cifrapalota

4
nights
Debrecen

Debrecen ©
Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary after Budapest. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Debrecen: Nyiregyhaza (Zoo Sosto, Co-cathedral of Our Lady of the Hungarians, & more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Hortobagy National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Szent Anna Cathedral and Parish Church, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Reformed College of Debrecen, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Lajos Kossuth.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Debrecen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Szeged to Debrecen in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January in Debrecen, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Miskolc.

Things to do in Debrecen

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Nyiregyhaza
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Zoo Sosto ©
Zoo Sosto
Statue of Lajos Kossuth ©
Statue of Lajos Kossuth
Nagyerdei Park ©
Nagyerdei Park

6
nights
Miskolc

Miskolc ©
Miskolc is a city in northeastern Hungary, known for its heavy industry. Explore Miskolc's surroundings by going to Basilicus Wine Culture Center (in Tarcal), Mad Synagogue (in Mad) and Dereszla Winery (in Bodrogkeresztur). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Tokaj Wine Region, admire the striking features of Miskolc Greek Catholic Cathedral of Assumption, don't miss a visit to Gombos-hegyi Cellars, and examine the collection at Pannontenger Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Miskolc journey app .

Traveling by car from Debrecen to Miskolc takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Miskolc can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Eger.

Things to do in Miskolc

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dereszla Winery, Porcelain Museum, Gombos-hegyi Cellars, Mad Synagogue, Anna Sinter Cave
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Tokaj Wine Region ©
Tokaj Wine Region
Zemplen Adventure Park ©
Zemplen Adventure Park
Porcelain Museum ©
Porcelain Museum

7
nights
Eger

Eger ©
Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Change things up with these side-trips from Eger: Recsk National Memorial Park (in Recsk), Paradsasvar (Crystal Gallery and Exhibition & Art Glass Parad Kft) and Galya Lookout (in Galyateto). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Eger Castle, get all the information you need at Visitor's Centre of the Eger Archbishop's Palace, learn about winemaking at Kovacs Nimrod Winery, and examine the collection at Kopcsik Marcipania Szamos edessegbolt.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Eger trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Miskolc to Eger in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Eger sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eger

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paradsasvar, Recsk National Memorial Park, Matra Muzeum, Galya Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Egri Road Beatles Museum ©
Egri Road Beatles Museum
Eger Castle ©
Eger Castle
Dobo Square ©
Dobo Square

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