Budapest - Gül Baba's Tomb
Spectacular architecture and a magnificent hanging garden; this place is Gül Baba’s Tomb in one of the most beautiful parts of Budapest, in the exquisite area of Rózsadomb. Gül Baba pronounced Kel Baba, was a Turkish dervish and a philosopher, died in Budapest shortly after the Turkish conquest of Buda in 1541. His tomb is one of the oldest architectural memories in Budapest and was built surrounding his grave. Today there is a fabulous garden on the southern part of the building, which has an amazing panoramic view of the capital city. You can enjoy Mediterranean spices, lavender, and colorful roses in the garden. On this tour, we walk around the most romantic stepped streets and secret parks of Budapest, learn about Hungarian – Turkish history, know more about the legends surrounding Gül Baba, and unveil the city’s interesting cave system, flora, and hot springs.
Budapest – Jewish Memorial Tour
Relive history in Budapest's Jewish quarter, where Jewish culture and traditions are still alive today! Visit Europe’s largest synagogue on the Pest side of the city, in Dohány street. It will impress you with its vast dimensions and magnificent interior. At the courtyard of the synagogue, there is the Holocaust memorial Tree of Life. The weeping willow monument made of metal consists of thousands of small leaves, on each leaf there can be found the name of the Jewish victims engraved, who perished in the Holocaust. On our tour, you will learn about the life of the Jews of Budapest during the Second World War, how they suffered and survived the war. Moving to the Buda side, you can discover the oldest Jewish quarter under the Buda Castle. On our special walk, we wander the winding corridors of the cellar system beneath the once-thriving Jewish quarter of Castle Hill. We will tell you about the Jewish community that came to Buda in the Middle Ages, their religious life, and we will also visit the mikveh, Hungary's oldest excavated ritual bath. Let the memories touch you and take you back to historical times of the Second World War.
Sustainability is the most important issue nowadays, even when you are on vacation. Budapest is perfect for eco-conscious travelers because there are many options in the city to „think green”. Most of the sights in Budapest are in the city center and the best way to explore these unique places is by bike. We have an extremely easy-to-use bike-sharing system, called MOL Bubi, which is reliable and has stations all around the downtown. Green Guide Budapest's webpage is also perfect for green tourists; you will get recommendations for sustainable events, programs and restaurants. If you want to enjoy the nature in the city, your best choices are Normafa, Hármashatár hill, and Margaret Island. Perfect locations for a nice picnic while enjoying the green environment, still in the city.
Hungary has more than 20 different wine regions. Etyek is the youngest and at the same time the closest to Budapest. The charming little village is lined with traditional but renovated wine cellars. The wineries all sell their own products. In addition to high-quality wine, there are many delicious specialties on offer, that you will not be able to leave without. The program includes a gastronomic visit to one of the wineries of Etyek Öreghegy, which also owns a few hectares of vineyards. Taking part in wine and cheese tasting in the winery is the best way to get a little taste of Hungary. Grapes cultivated in the vineyards make the base of the world-famous Hungarian Törley Champagne.
The area has its own star, which contributed to the great works of film history named Korda Studios, where you can find a complex worthy of Hollywood. On 15,000 square meters, there are twenty film studios, ten editing rooms, and some special effects rooms.
Skanzen of Szentendre
Szentendre is the one place near Budapest where a visit is sure to make your heart flutter. Visitors from all over the world come here to stroll the cobbled streets and experience the unique atmosphere of this city on the bank of the Danube. Szentendre abounds in churches, museums, restaurants hidden in winding little streets offering Hungarian specialties, but its most unique attraction is the Skanzen, the country's first, largest, and best-known open-air visitor center, which carries Hungarian history with it, and has been reliving the memories of bygone eras since 1891. The 63 hectares of authentic artifacts and buildings depict the way of life of the people from the second half of the 18th century to the mid-20th century, taking visitors out of the modern-day drabness they are used to.
In Hungary there are several sights which are „must-see”, but we have one amazing place, which is unmissable. This is the Danube Bend where the natural beauties, historical monuments, and artistic sights promise plenty of exciting and interesting excursions. The best way to get there is to catch a boat from Budapest, and go to the north; you will see the Citadel of Visegrád which has picturesque views from the top where you can see the whole Danube Bend. Visit Szentendre, a small Hungarian town with Mediterranean cityscape. This little city along River Danube has winding cobblestone streets and tiny cozy houses. The Dabune Bend is perfect for those who enjoy spending time in nature and like romantic cities.
Szeged is the brightest city in Hungary, where the sun shines the longest in a year. This beautiful city is known for its architectural heritage, famous gastronomy and the River Tisza offers great possibilities to do adventurous boat trips and water sport activities. The city also has one of the oldest Catholic monuments and churches. The Votive Church of Szeged is more than a Cathedral. This iconic symbol of the city has the third-largest church organ in Europe and its architecture is characterized by the mixture of eastern Byzantine style and Roman, gothic elements. Szeged is rich in different religious pilgrimage sites and churches. We can also visit the Serbian Orthodox Church, the New Reformed Church, and the Szeged Synagogue.
Balaton – living the lake dream
Balaton is Hungary's second most visited destination after Budapest for a good reason. Hungarians flock here every summer for some outdoor fun every year. It is a fantastic destination for travelers looking for a peaceful day or long weekend trip from Budapest.
You can start by traveling back in time to royal times and visit Festetics Palace, the most visited palace in the country. From a beautiful library to multiple exhibitions, this Baroque landmark in Keszthely offers attractions that will keep you occupied and in awe throughout a whole day.
If you want a real taste of Hungarian history, visit The Trianon Museum in Várpalota, which is the only institute of the Carpathian Basin that deals with the peace-treaties of World War I and its consequences and presents, in an institutionalized form, the rich and shocking material and spiritual legacy of losing part of the country due to Trianon.
The materials on display in the museum cover both the exact history of the Trianon dictum and its consequences as well as the result of the irredentist movement following World War I, the happy “homecoming” of certain parts of the country re-connected, the events of World War II and the bloody, collective retortion afflicted on Hungarians following the war.
Going back a few centuries more, true history is represented in the iconic two towers of Tihany, where the first official Hungarian language memorial dated back to 1055, was found. The abbey also offers a magical view along with intriguing exhibitions. Of great historic value, the monastery here dating back nearly 1,000 years, the abbey runs its confectionery, creating desserts from the lavender that surrounds this sacred site. You can even find lavender beer...!
Walking through the cobblestoned streets of Veszprém’s Castle District is like no other. There are plenty of other attractions nearby, too, such as the Fire Lookout Tower and the exhibition space at Dubniczay Palace.
In Herend, the world's largest porcelain manufactory, a modern visitor center, the Porcelanium, is the place to discover Hungary's best-known luxury export, Herend porcelain. It is not only for porcelain lovers but also for those who want to take a look at the past two hundred years of porcelain or simply pay homage to the success of our country, which has been making a wide variety of porcelain sets and ornamental pieces of the highest quality since 1826.
After all the time travel, choose to relax in the hot water thermal basins of Hévíz while enjoying the magnificent vine of the region. Hévíz has the largest thermal lake in Europe, and people come here from all over the world to treat their health. Enjoyable all year round as the water is +27 Celsius degrees!
Delicacies from small bakeries, cakes from famous cafés and traditional sweets, unique Hungarian liqueurs, and the huge halls of markets where you can taste traditional and delicious food. All of this will spice up your life when you join Budapest's gastronomic adventures. The Great Market Hall at Fővám Square invites you to look around the fresh produce and try preparing a national specialty yourself. The city offers something for everyone if you are looking for bold flavors of super quality.
Look at food from a unique perspective, admire the biggest attractions of Budapest on a river cruise while enjoying the unique Hungarian Goulash on board.
Do you have a passion for chocolate? Visit the Samos Chocolate Museum and be part of its sweet history. Learn about the tools of chocolate making from its beginnings to the present day, immerse yourself in adventurous stories that will transport you to a special world. If you would only like to get a look inside the sweet world, visit Samos near St. Stephen’s Basilique, where you can enjoy the view with a dessert.
You can even learn about the background behind Zwack’s famed dark herbal bitter, Unicum, a delightful liquor of Hungarians. The guided tour takes in personal mementos, a collection of 17,000 miniatures, and the classic advertising posters, as imaginative and iconic as those created by Guinness. In the vast basement of the visitor’s center, more than three million liters of liquor are made every year. Here, you can also see and smell all the herbs, part of the secret Unicum recipe.