Looking for day trips you can take from Budapest? Esztergom is a great getaway from the bustling city. I suggest a half day here and then hopping over to Visegrad for the other half of the day, which is offered on an afforable boat tour. My husband and I rented a car and enjoyed the fall colors during our 1 hour car ride to this tantalizing town. It sits on the Danube river and the skyline highlights the beautiful Basilica. Here are some things to do in the city.
The Esztergom Basilica is the largest church and building in Hungary. The church is breathtaking inside and out. For a small fee, climbing to the top of the dome gives you a beautiful panoramic view of the countryside! Hope you're not scared of heights. They also sell tickets to see the crypt and the treasury. You can buy a combination ticket for only 1,500 HUF/person. Click here to see the pricing for students and seniors.
Esztergom Castle Museum
On the same grounds as the Basilica is the Castle Museum. While we did not go inside, this is another attraction that you can visit. A permanent exhibition tells the dramatic story of the Castle of Esztergom, using an extensive collection of pottery, coins, weapons and fragments of ancient stone columns.
Maria Valeria Bridge
The beautiful bridge of Maria Valeria connects Hungary and Slovakia. It's best to walk or bike the bridge and look back at Esztergom for a stunning view of the town. The bridge is quite long, so you might opt to go halfway if you are walking. It's totally worth it though.
Stroll the city
While my husband and I opted to rent a car for the weekend we were able to spend saturday in Eger, and then did a half day in Esztergom and headed 30 mins down the road to visit Visegrad.
I would love to hear about your travels in Hungary, please let me know in the comment box below.