Hungary is not as big a tourist lure as Paris or Tokyo. However, the country does have places that are overcrowded, especially during the tourist season. Many people dislike crowds – thus, even though they would love to see a specific place, the hundreds and thousands of tourists prevents them from doing so. In this article, we will show you some places in Hungary where you can holiday freely, which are indeed beautiful but much less crowded than, for example, the Castle District in Budapest or Lake Balaton.
For those who find this year’s prices too high, there are a lot of other options, according to Pénzcentrum. The news portal has gathered some cheap but exciting places in Hungary. Check them out and you might find your next favourite destination in Hungary!
It is located 30 km west of Budapest, in the north-western part of the Zsámbék basin, part of the Gerecse landscape. The Premonstratensians church (three-nave basilica) and the remains of a monastery are valuable monuments. It was built in the mid-13th century (1220-34) in the late Romanesque/early Gothic style, Pénzcentrum explains. It was destroyed by the great earthquake of Komárom in 1763. The interior of the ruin is now open to visitors. The former monastery’s hall with a dome vault houses a stone gallery.
In Zsámbék, you can stay in a cosy guesthouse for up to HUF 9,000 (EUR 23.88) per person, or in a 4-star art hotel for HUF 19,000 (EUR 50.42) per person.
The pride of the town of Hajós is the Wine Village, which is made up of around 1300 press-houses. The Wine Village is made up of regular streets, formed by the press houses and the cellars dug into the loess below. The good wines of the town are famous far and wide. Typical varieties are cabernet sauvignon, kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch), kadarka, grey friar and Cserszegi fűszeres. The development of the village dates back to the same time as the town. Since the 1980s, many cellars have been converted for guest accommodation and many have been newly built.
In mid-summer, the highly rated Takács Pince Apartment in Hajós costs HUF 9,000 (EUR 23.88) per person per night, while the Borház Pension costs HUF 8,000 (EUR 21.23) per person per night.
The village of Ballószög is located in the Kecskemét district of Bács-Kiskun county. It is definitely worth a visit for those who like wellness but want to avoid the crowds. The temperature of the thermal water in the spa is 38 °C, which is beneficial for articular (rheumatic) and gynaecological complaints. There are three pools and many other facilities. All-day admission is HUF 5,000, with half-price admission for pensioners and students. The entrance fee includes use of the tennis court, loungers, pools, steam room and saunas, and participation in the sauna sessions held every weekend.
A night in the Nyúlház Pension costs HUF 8500 (EUR 22.56) per person in summer. The Betyárfogadó in the nearby Kecskemét costs HUF 6500 (EUR 17.25).
The tiny village of Uppony, nestled in the hills, lies in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, 14 kilometres east of Ózd, in the Bükk region, in the valley of the Csernely stream. A number of prehistoric artefacts have been found on the outskirts of the settlement and in its caves. What is more, an ancient iron smelting site has also been discovered. The oldest part of the Bükk, the Uppony Mountains, embraces the village. The Lázbérc Landscape Protection Area was created in 1975, it preserves unparalleled natural values and the National Blue Trail (Országos Kéktúra) passes through the village.
There are several cheap guesthouses in and around the village.
I vote for Tokaj and Harkany. Watch the concert schedule in Tokaj and you can combine a wine tasting tour with a great concert at the szinpad and even a Tisza river boat ride. Harkany has a first rate strand and you Pecs, Siklos and Villany close by. Harkany is a really laid back town that is a little out of the way for the traditional Western crowd.