Countryside trips:

Puszta tour
Come with me and spend a fabulous day in the Puszta! What is Puszta exactly? It is the Hungarian Great Plain where you can see and feel the typical countryside life. We drive from Budapest to the baroque town of Kecskemét. We walk around the beautiful downtown and visit the most important sights: the Main Square with the famous City Hall the Theatre and the churches (guided walk). From Kecskemét, we drive to a traditional Hungarian farm. After receiving the greetings of the horse(-herds)men, you can taste the famous Hungarian welcome drink, "pálinka" (Schnapps) and the "pogácsa" (salty scone). The horsemen will take you around and through the Puszta by horse-carriage. The program continues with a traditional horse show, which includes several breathtaking field performances. You are then invited for a three-course lunch of course including the famous Hungarian goulash soup while listening to Hungarian gipsy music. The program offers the possibility to ride the horses. The tour ends in the city centre of Budapest or at your hotel.







                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                               Győr and Pannonhalma

                                                                                           




                                                                








Győr in one day
Come and see the picturesque city of Győr that is my hometown on a one-day tour from Budapest, and enjoy its well-preserved buildings Take a stroll to see squares and streets in the old town look at beautiful bay and bow windows typical of the early Baroque. Discover the baroque architecture of Győr. Go to Győr Cathedral to see the reliquary of the Saint King Ladislaus I of Hungary. You can also discover where Napoleon stayed during his Hungarian engagements. We can even go and visit the huge Pannonhalma Abbey complex to see one of the most historic monuments in Hungary


Budapest - Tata- - Neszmély -Komárom/Fort Monostor - Győr -Sopron -Vienna (if you want) -Lébény -Pannonhalma - Budapest (3-6 days)
We start our tour in Budapest. We have a photo-stop at Tatabánya at the Turul statue. The Turul is the most important bird in the origin myth of the Magyars (Hungarian people). It is a divine messenger, and perches on top of the tree of life along with the other spirits of unborn children in the form of birds. The Turul became a symbol of power, strength, and nobility, and it is still used today on the coat of arms of the Hungarian Army, the Counter Terrorism Centre and the Office of National Security. The Turul is probably based on a large falcon, and the origin of the word is most likely Turkic and it means a medium to large bird of prey of the family Goshawk or Red Kite.
There were 3 large Turul statues, each with a wingspan of 15 metres, in Greater Hungary (before the country had its borders reconfigured by the Treaty of Trianon).
The last of the three stands on a mountain near Tatabánya, Hungary, but the other two were destroyed. It is the largest bird statue in the world, and the largest bronze statue in Central Europe. There remain 195 Turul statues in Hungary, as well as 48 in Romania (32 in Transylvania and 16 in Partium), 8 in Slovakia, 7 in Serbia, 5 in Ukraine, 1 in Austria. And one more as of 29 September 2012, St. Michael the Archangel's Day erected in Hungary's National Historical Memorial Park of Pusztaszer.
From Tatabánya we proceed to Tata. An old Renaissance castle (called Öregvár in Hungarian that indeed translates to old castle), springs and two lakes, the water-mills from the Middle Ages, an English park and a narrow gauge railway makes Tata one of the most romantic towns of Hungary.
We continue to the wine-region of Neszmély. Lying northwest of Budapest on the slopes of the Gerecse Hill and bordered by the Danube this wine region has a special climate favourable to produce excellent whites.
Main grape varieties grown here are: Chardonnay, Olaszrizling, Sauvignon Blanc and Királyleányka.
The Hilltop Winery run by my friends is unique in that it exports the most bottles of Hungarian wine to Britain - over 6 million out of the 7 million bottles of wine produced each year. This is the world's toughest wine market where the best estates from all around the world compete for customers. In this field Hilltop has managed to secure a stable market and has won esteem from many quarters, including the winery's success in 1998 when its Cserszegi Fűszeres was chosen "White Wine of the Year". The range of products is extensive as the winery produces and bottles almost 40 varieties of wine as well as 3 types of törköly pálinka (Hungarian grappa).
The
Hilltop Wine Hotel and Restaurant extends a warm welcome to guests seeking relaxation and entertainment. The restaurant with the most stunning view of the Danube in Hungary offers a wide range of food and colourful events in all seasons of the year: Vintage events, the new wine festival and the all-year-round opportunity to taste pálinka and wine.
We can overnight in the Hilltop Hotel.
The next mornig after a fantastic breakfast we go to Komárom and Fort Monostor. The fort was built between 1850 and 1871, counts as the biggest Central-European fortress of modern history. This historic monument, enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, offers a magnificent sight with its monumental walls built of carefully shaped and assembled stones, its ramparts covered with soil to a depth of 3-4 metres and its several kilometre long underground tunnel system (casemate network). The building itself takes up an area of 25 hectares, together with the related shooting range it occupies a total area of 70 hectares. The floor space of the buildings amounts to 25 680 m2. The 640 rooms were once suitable for the accommodation of max. 8000 soldiers. Fort Monostor is an unrivalled example of Central European military architecture. After World War II the walls of the fortress gave shelter to numerous Hungarian families deported from Czechoslovakia. Between 1945 and 1991 the South Army Group of the Soviet Red Army converted the building into the biggest ammunition storage facility of Central Europe. After they had left the fortress, it eventually ceased to serve military purposes.
Next, we visit Győr. We can spend the night there after we enjoy the unique nightlife in my hometown or we can continue to Sopron. There are numerous things that you should not miss in that beautiful town. These attractions reflect the true flavour of Sopron and you will be happy to be introduced to it in such an exciting manner.
It is one of the cities that has the largest number of monuments in the whole of Hungary. Sopron is situated along the Austrian-Hungarian border at the foot of the Alps. The streets of the town are quaint, quiet and little. This is a historic place and the town centre itself beautifully reflects its traditional past. Here you will also find unique buildings and other historical monuments that belong to the Middle Ages. (One night in Sopron is possible.)
What can we do next? It is upt to you. We can drive to Vienna and have a marvelous sightseeing program there. OR, we can go back to Budapest with stops in Lébény and explore the intact medieval town and then in Pannonhalma and have a tour in the Abbey


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