Looking to explore beyond Budapest? We've curated 5 unique day trips, all reachable by public transport, that offer beautiful scenery, fun things to do, and some peace of mind. Imagine strolling through charming streets lined with colourful houses, marvelling at a majestic basilica, or escaping to a wild lake or a peaceful English park – all within easy reach of the city!



Just 17 kilometres from Budapest lies Fót, a charming town offering a delightful day trip. So pack some sandwiches and hop on a national coach at Újpest-városkapu. First, discover Somlyó Hill's butterfly wonderland, where you can witness a kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies fluttering around you at every step. While here, don't miss out on the former press house of András FáyFrom the hilltop, admire the town's landmark, the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception. Designed by world-renowned Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl, its spires evoke the romantic charm of the English or German countryside. The church was commissioned by Count István Károlyi, whose family castle also stood nearby. And while visiting the Károlyi Mansion is not possible today, you can still lay an eye on the gorgeous building and have a stroll in its pretty garden.



Martonvásár, a adorable town near Budapest, often gets overshadowed by Szentendre and Gödöllő. However, it boasts unique attractions that deserve a visit, especially if you're seeking a day trip experience beyond the usual tourist spots. Undeniably, the crown jewel of Martonvásár is the stunning Brunszvik Castle. This snow-white neo-Gothic marvel is one of Hungary's most beautiful castles and even held musical significance for Beethoven, who visited it on several occasions. The castle itself houses the Beethoven Memorial Museum, showcasing the composer's relationship with the Brunszvik family, his artifacts, and even some of his compositions. The castle grounds come alive in summer with open-air concerts, creating a musical parkscape. But Martonvásár offers more than just the castle. Explore the unique Kindergarten Museum, the only one of its kind in Hungary. This museum honours Teréz Brunszvik, a pioneer who established the first nursery in the country. Right in front of the museum, you can see a version of the first kindergarten built in Martonvásár in 1883, later rebuilt in 1900.



Craving a break from the beach or Budapest's summer heat? Look no further than Esztergom, a captivating city brimming with history and charm. Esztergom offers a refreshing alternative to the usual summer destinations. Explore its charming streets lined with colourful houses, shady lanes, and cool spots perfect for escaping the heat. The majestic Danube River flows through the city, adding to its picturesque beauty. Towering over Esztergom is the unmissable Esztergom Basilica, the largest church building in Hungary. Its impressive 100-metre height makes it a landmark you won't want to miss. Explore the free-to-visit churchyard and the Renaissance Bakócz Chapel or purchase a ticket to delve deeper into the lower church, treasury, and dome. Esztergom's history unfolds as you wander its streets. Visit the former royal seat, the Castle, offering breathtaking views of the Danube and the neighbouring Slovakian town Párkány. The rooftops of Esztergom create a picturesque cityscape.

Keep a keen eye while strolling the streets – you might see flood water level markings on some houses, a testament to the Danube's power. Literature lovers will find a treasure trove at the Babits Mihály Memorial House. Explore the poet's original works and a unique wall where his contemporaries left their signatures. For breathtaking views, climb Szent Tamás Hill and be awestruck by the basilica and Castle Hill. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll along the shady promenade or alley bordering the Little Danube.



While the church ruins are Zsámbék's most recognizable landmark, there's much more to discover! Venture beyond the ruins and explore the town's rich history. The 13th-century Premonstratensian monastery, once visited by important figures and briefly held by the Turks, became the Zichy family's property before succumbing to an earthquake in 1763. Though in ruins, the church remains open to the public. Lamp enthusiasts won't want to miss the Lamp Museum, housed in a 19th-century farmhouse. Thanks to collector Ferenc Borus, this unique museum showcases lamps from various periods, reflecting technological advancements throughout history. It's the first of its kind in Europe! Admire the former Zichy Castle, built upon the remains of a medieval knight's castle. While it currently houses a school and can't be entered, its exterior is impressive. Seeking tranquillity? The former convent garden offers a peaceful atmosphere. Relax under the shade of trees by the pleasant pond. History buffs can delve into the Józsefváros cellars, where the first wine cellars were carved in the 18th century. Explore the educational trail and learn about the town's past.



Tata is a picture-perfect town, an idyllic escape for a day. Walkable and bursting with treasures, it's ideal for footloose explorers. Nature lovers, rejoice! Hike the wild and scenic trails around Old Lake or find serenity in the Tata English Garden, where you can admire the Tree of the Year 2022. And there's more! A lakeside stroll unveils stunning views: the mighty 14th-century castle, quaint water mills, and stunning Baroque architecture. History whispers from the castle walls. Built by the Csák family, it also hosted royalty like King Sigismund and King Matthias on their hunting sprees. Across the water, another gem awaits: the Esterházy Palace, designed by the renowned Jakab Fellner. Step back in time with its meticulously restored rooms and an exhibit chronicling the Esterházy family's legacy. If you feel adventurous, scale Kálvária Hill for breathtaking panoramas. While there, don't forget to visit the Chapel and the open-air geological museum. To get there, trains are your smoothest ride! Catch one departing hourly from either Déli or stations in Budapest.