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Day trips from Budapest – Visegrád and the Danube bend

Undoubtedly, Budapest is a magnificent city and has a lot to offer to the visitor. From its famous thermal baths, art nouveau architecture to its ruin pubs and historic coffee houses it continues to be one of the top city destinations among tourists. However, few tourists know that besides Budapest there is a myriad of day trip options nearby that well worth a visit.

Today, we introduce you Visegrád, famous for its medieval castle and Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary in the Danube bend.

Visegrád, located north of Budapest on the right bank of the Danube, is a small castle town. Down in the town you can visit the ruins of the Renaissance palace once belonged to King Matthias (the beloved king of the Hungarians, who ruled in the 15th century) and the Pálinka Museum, where your companions above 18 can try the fiery spirit of the Hungarians, pálinka.

Its 13th century citadel is on the top of a hill from where the view over the bend and the Börzsöny Hills is truly magnificent. To get there you may hike up the narrow and steep forest path, however if hiking isn’t your thing, the easiest way is to drive up by car.

We recommend you Schiller Rent a Car services, Hungary’s leading car rental operator. Besides saving some time, you do not need to book your trip in advance and you are not set to have your lunch at a typical tourist restaurant but you can stop anywhere and anytime when you feel like. A medium size car costs only 31€ per day, while if you are a group of friends you may rent a minivan, which is 83€. You even get a 15 % discount if you book it through Guide.me.

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Once you have seen the citadel and Visegrád, you may head further north to Esztergom. Esztergom, established around AD 972, is one of the oldest city of Hungary and the seat of the Hungarian Catholic Church. Its Basilica, a Classicist gem, is the third biggest church in Europe. Furthermore, there are many historic sites mainly of religious nature you can visit, like the Primate’s Palace, the Franciscan monastery and various smaller chapels and churches.

The drive from the capital takes about an hour and 15 minutes by car.

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