Hungary Travel Blog (Places & Experiences)

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Our Hungary Travel Blog page is based on road tripping our way though the country 4 times. All our experiences of Hungary have been good and we’ve stayed overnight in 5 very different places, magnificent Budapest, the pretty city of Györ, Hortobágy National Park , Lake Balaton and in a cabin on a lovely lake. Accommodation and food prices are low, standards are high and overall Hungary has given us a lot of good experiences. We will be exploring Hungary in more depth soon.

Hungary Travel Blog Budapest

Hungary Travel Blog

Our Hungary travel blog covers the places we’ve been in Hungary, experiences of travel in Hungary, and what we’ve discovered or learned along the way. We’ve had great times in this country, and we hope you get to explore one day too.

Food in Hungary

Hungary Travel Blog food

We’ve enjoyed some fantastic food in Hungary, from Hungarian pizzas featuring speciality Hungarian salamis, to placinta ( similar to that found in Romania), fruit soups, and goulash, it’s all been good.

Hungarian food is heavy on the paprika and combines influences reflective of Hungarian history. I got together with a Hungarian friend to demystify Hungarian food and traditional Hungarian dishes for you.

Driving in Hungary

Our only negative experience so far came from the road tolls and taxes. When I first crossed Hungary I didn’t know about the compulsory toll or vignette. We arrived late and went straight to our hotel in Gyor where I asked what the story was and did some Googling.

The next morning we set off and continued our drive, stopping at the first motorway gas station to buy a vignette. Unfortunately, Hungarian motorway cameras had already noticed me and I received a fine in the post some weeks later, despite the fact I was in possession of a valid vignette.

So learn from my mistake. You can either buy your vignette online in advance or buy one just past any of the borders. Be prepared to be breathalised at Hungarian border crossings, this has happened to us twice when arriving from Romania.

We had difficulty parking in Budapest, so that’s something else to research for yourself.

Where to Stay in Hungary?

We’ve had OK results with AirBnb in Hungary for apartments and budget hotels. Watch out for cleaning fees on that platform. The approval process may add time to your booking.

Generally we prefer to use Booking dot com. for hotels and hostels, from budget to luxury. Accommodation prices in Hungary are some of the lowest in Europe.

Because of the current global crisis be sure to check latest restrictions, requirements, and openings.

If you’re looking for some of the best hotels in Hungary, try these.

  • Bucharest. D8 Hotel has superb reviews and a great location. Has family rooms.
  • Gyor. Hotel Klastrom is where we stayed. The hotel is in a beautiful old monastery with a great location. We found an amazing deal on a family room on here. We’d certainly stay again and Gyor was beautiful.
  • Hortobagy look here.
  • Lake Balaton. There are many places to stay around Lake Balaton. We chose Balatonfured as our base. There were some nice places to walk, shops, a market, good food and plenty of boat trips. Take a look here. We stayed in a very affordable, and huge, room for 4.

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Budapest Itinerary

Hungary Travel Blog Budapest Itinerary

We have a short break, 48 hour Budapest itinerary, featuring some of the highlights of Budapest, crammed into two days.

A Cabin on a Lake, Hungary Weekend Away

Hungary Travel Blog lake cabin

One time we were on a road trip across Hungary, we stayed here in a rustic cabin on a lake near Bucharest.


Hungary Travel Blog gyor

We haven’t posted about Gyor yet, but it’s a pretty city with historic buildings near the border with Austria. We stopped here after travelling into Hungary from Vienna. We highly recommend the hotel we used here and next time we’re in Hungary we’ll stay here again.

Hortobaby National Park, Blue Horsemen and Rare Breeds

Hungary Travel Blog Hortobagy

This was a fantastic trip! We heard about the blue Hungarian horsemen and had to go see them for themselves. This region and the Hungarian history we uncovered was a highlight of Europe, not just Hungary. Read our post about Hortobagy National Park here.

A Great Place to Stay in Budapest, a Family Sized Apartment (and Hostel)

Hungary Travel Blog Budapest Accommodation

Sometimes we stay somewhere that is just so good that we recommend it to our readers via this blog. We aren’t paid to promote these places, they just deserve a mention. This family apartment in Budapest was one such place.

Lake Balaton

Hungary Travel Blog Lake Balaton

We spent my husband’s birthday weekend on Lake Balaton before travelling on into Slovenia by road. Lake Balaton was a crazy place. It’s a real destination in Hungary and much of it was set up for fun. There was boating and various water attractions, fun-fair style rides and kiosks, abundant junk food and a lovely lakeside setting. You really should try to see this hidden gem of Hungary.

Hungary Travel- Conclusion

That’s all we have so far on the Hungary Travel Blog. Global lockdowns have clipped our wings for now but we’ll be back in central and eastern Europe soon. This end of Europe is our favourite part, we lived in Romania for three years and the links and similarities in this part of the world, through occupation, trade routes, and border changes, are absolutely fascinating. We hope you enjoy Hungary! If there’s anywhere in Hungary you recommend, tell us about it in the comments.

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

8 thoughts on “Hungary Travel Blog (Places & Experiences)”

  1. People in Hungary speak the Hungarian language. The linguistic diversity of Hungary is almost homogeneous according to a fractionalization scale which for Hungary is 0.0297. The followers of Christianity are the religious majority in the country. 69.5% of Hungary’s population live in cities.

  2. Hi Alyson! I visited Hungary, Budapest last week – business trip that company paid. I said in hotel Continental and visited few restaurants. People are nice, but you need to learn few Hungarian words to say as they are not good with English. I will try to visit again with my girlfriend.

  3. We have been to Hungary last year and we went there by car so we completely understand you about that. Besides that, Hungary is so charming and definitely worth exploring, Alyson! 🙂

  4. Adults and children must wear a seat belt, both in the front and in the back.

  5. You are not allowed to have any alcohol if you intend to drive in Hungary. So, if you want a drink whilst you are out, appoint a nominated driver who won’t drink, or take a taxi or public transport.

  6. Good tip about the vignette. We were in Switzerland a few months ago and made a point of staying off the highways because we didn’t have one. We were only in Switzerland per se for a few hours, so didn’t bother with buying an annual one.


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