17 days in Hungary Itinerary

17 days in Hungary Itinerary

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17 days in Hungary Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Budapest
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Eger
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Balatonfured
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Pecs
— 2 nights
Travel:  120 h
End: Des Moines

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Celeritas Shooting Club and Statue of Imre Nagy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum and House of Terror Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő, contemplate the waterfront views at Danube River, make a trip to Corvin Mozi, and savor the flavors at Central Market Hall.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Des Moines, USA to Budapest is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Des Moines to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Des Moines in September, with highs in Budapest at 71°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Eger.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Buda Castle ©
Buda Castle
Statue of Imre Nagy ©
Statue of Imre Nagy
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Eger

Eger ©
Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Torok Furdo, do a tasting at Thummerer Winery, and then explore the historical opulence of Eger Castle. On the next day, stop by Mineral Bath Swimming Pool Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Valley of the Beautiful Women.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Eger travel route planner.

Getting from Budapest to Eger by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Eger can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Balatonfured.

Things to do in Eger

Wineries Spas Parks

Side Trip

Thummerer Winery
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Thummerer Winery ©
Thummerer Winery
Eger Castle ©
Eger Castle
Valley of the Beautiful Women ©
Valley of the Beautiful Women

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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. Sumeg Castle and Helikon Castle Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bences Apatsag and Mary Magdalene church in Egregy. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tagore Promenade and examine the collection at Jokai Mor Memorial House.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Balatonfured trip itinerary website.

Drive from Eger to Balatonfured in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pecs.

Things to do in Balatonfured

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Helikon Castle Museum, Sumeg Castle, Mary Magdalene church in Egregy, Bences Apatsag
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Tagore Promenade ©
Tagore Promenade
Sumeg Castle ©
Sumeg Castle
Bences Apatsag ©
Bences Apatsag

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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. On the 15th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Malatinszky Kuria Organic Wine Estate, then do a tasting at Sauska, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pecs Synagogue. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Early Christian Mausoleum, examine the collection at Zsolnay Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pecs Cathedral, then take in panoramic vistas at TV Tower (TV Torony), and finally go for a walk through Zsolnay Cultural Quarter.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pecs online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Balatonfured to Pecs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Pecs, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pecs

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sauska, Malatinszky Kuria Organic Wine Estate
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Sauska ©
Sauska
Pecs Cathedral ©
Pecs Cathedral
Pecs Synagogue ©
Pecs Synagogue

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