Day trips from Budapest and Vienna

Apr 17th, 2015, 06:50 AM
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Day trips from Budapest and Vienna

Planning a trip for early September to both Budapest and Vienna, with 5 nights scheduled in each city.
Since we have a good amount of time in each city, I am looking for suggestions for a day trip outside of each city. We won't be driving so I need suggestions that are easily accessible via train or bus. Thanks in advance....
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Apr 17th, 2015, 07:10 AM
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You'll find the Royal Palace of Gödöllő about 20 miles outside Budapest, reachable by streetcar (HÉV), bus or train. An Hungarian friend took me there and I enjoyed it very much.

Gödöllő was the favorite home of Empress Elizabeth (Sissi). "...the largest baroque palace in Hungary and the second biggest palace after Versailles..."
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Apr 17th, 2015, 07:44 AM
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Bratislava is thisclose to Vienna.
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That gigantic palace Madame suggests was is certainly worth a visit...also agree with Bratislava, BigRuss...OP might want a short train. bus or car visit to Szentendre (St. Andrew), a handsome artsy town on the Danube. I was there during the week once in early spring, not at all crowded..but on weekends I understand it can be a zoo. Excellent, elegant restaurant for lunch just a few doors down from the river..I will post some pics.
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Apr 17th, 2015, 08:19 AM
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The Wachau valley and Melk are easily reachable by train. Friends went there and rented bicycles to ride along the Danube. You could also take a bus to the top of the hills overlooking Vienna and then walk down through the vineyards to a heuriger in Grinzig.
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aforementioned resto is the yellow building in pic #5..elegant dining, fair priced.
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Apr 17th, 2015, 08:28 AM
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From Vienna take a trip to the gorgeous Melk Abby - believe it is reachable by boat and bus.

Might also explore the Vienna woods and check out some of the local wine bars
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I agree that Bratislava is a good, easy day trip from Vienna.

We did this walking tour and found it to be VERY enlightening and well worthwhile.
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Apr 19th, 2015, 06:47 AM
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thanks everyone for their great ideas. I think we have lots to do now in and out of both cities!
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Apr 19th, 2015, 07:21 AM
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I've done Bratisalava as a day trip from Vienna - only about an hour by train or you can go in season by hydrofoils on the Danube.

The Wachau Valley is a gem - take the whole day:

Take a train to Melk, visit the uber famous abbey - walk down to the boat docks - take the boat to Durnstein - an old wine town with the ruined remains of the local castle where Richard-the-Lion-Hearted was once held for ransom - either take a bus or a lovely walk or boat to Krems - a larger city but very neat - then take a train back to Vienna.

Buy an all-inclusive ticket in Vienna covering abbey, boat and trains - just hop on any train or boat.

For more details on the Wachau Valley trip and trains in general check:; and

another day trip could go from Vienna to Grinzing and its famous wine taverns with wine made in the locality - festive at night - take a tram there from Vienna:
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Trains to Melk depart from the Westbahnhof and trains from Krems arrive in Vienna at the Franz-Josefs Bahnhof.

If you want to return to the Westbahnhof from Krems you can take a shuttle train cross the Danube to St Poltein and get trains to Westbahnhof - this route only takes about 10 minutes longer than the direct train to Franz-Josefs Bahnhof including the change of train in St Poltein.
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Vineyard hiking in September is spectacular in good weather. For an easy day trip, take the 38A bus to Kahlenberg or Cobenzl and walk down through the vineyards (trails are well marked) into the village of Grinzing or Nußdorf and enjoy a meal and some wine at one of the local heuriger (wine taverns).
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 09:54 AM
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The Danube bend. Take the bus to Esztergom

Visit the largest and most important Cathedral in Hungary.

A visit to the treasury and the view from the panorama cafe is a must.

Cross the bridge to Slovakia, from where you will have the most gorgeous view of the Basilica. Also you can check out Slovakia as a having been visited country
Go back to the station and ride on to Szentendre a lovely little town in the suburbs of Budapest. Even severely being "damaged" by tons of omnipotent souvenir shops, the town still keeps some charm from its glorious past. For instance in the 18th century it was probably one of the biggest trading points between East and West. The western traders were still afraid of the Turks, so it was the place where they traded their goods with the oriental merchants. Also the town is unique in a sense that however Hungary is a mostly Catholic-Reformed church country, most of the churches in Szentendre are Orthodox.

Another perfect day trip and very much off the beaten track is the Szekesfehervar-Bory Var.
Szekesfehervar was the coronation and burial place for Hungarian kings for the first 500 years of Hungarian state. Nowadays the downtown area, rebuilt in Baroque style is a quaint provincial center. Lots of beautiful churches, statues, Millennium monuments, very good restaurants and cafes, etc. Of course the greatest attraction is the Bory castle. Love Poem in stone, entirely built by a single person within the period of 40 years. You can see Churches, Cathedrals, Palaces all over the world, but this little masterpiece is something extraordinary special. The absolutest must see in Hungary and rather sadly neglected by the attention of visiting tourists.
From the train station take bus 31 or 32.
For pictures click the Galeria link.
Open every day from March to the end of November. Monday is especially perfect for a visit, when the majority of Budapest museums are closed.

If you have a car (which is the best and fastest option to go there), then you can stop along the way in Martonvasar and pay a short visit to the Brunswick Castle.

Opening hours:

In summer from Tue.-sun. between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and in winter from Tue.-sun. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The park is open daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Established by the Brunszvik family after Turkish occupation, the Martonvásár mansion and park house offers several museums and was the site of frequent visits by Beethoven. This is where he composed one of his probably most famous piano sonatas, The Appassionata.
The park is also home to a very unusual Kindergarten museum.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 10:05 AM
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we did what fourfortravel suggested and loved out day out in the Wienerwald, what we can remember of it, that is.

A Heuriger we liked a lot was one near the Beethoven summer house in Heiligenstadt - the food was very good as was the atmosphere. That's one of the things we liked about Vienna - you can easily combine culture with food and drink.
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Be sure to try the original Sacher-Torte at the place that invented it or at least popularized it - has gotten conflicting reviews on Fodor's however.
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