To Bupdapest we’ve been before, more than once. And yes, it’s a proper country capital city in all aspects – history, culture, nightlife, cuisine. But this time, during our 4 days road trip in Hungary, we decided to leave Budapest behind and see what the smaller towns of the country have to offer.
We put Hollókő on our map for the Hungary road trip for two main reasons: 1. It’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site and 2. It has a Romanian brother – Rimetea, which we visited this May and we wanted to see some more.
During our road trip in Hungary, we chose to forget about driving around and sightseeing, and we spent half a day doing nothing, but relax in a rather unusual place.
Hungary first formed as a state in the year 1000, when King Istvan (Stephen) was crowned. About 200 years later the Mongols invaded eastern Europe, including Hungary, during the dynamic westward expansion of the Mongol Empire and of course left the country a complete mess. It was after this that the rulers of the country decided to invest time and effort in a stronger defense mechanism and this is how the first fortified castles appeared.
We always have a vacation in September as it’s not that hot anymore, not that full of tourists everywhere, the prices are lower and the weather is still quite good for staying outside. This year, we changed plans a few times before actually choosing the final destination, and as the weather up in the mountains was not looking too good, we said that a road trip in Hungary will do the trick.
There was a music festival in Budapest somewhere at the end of April last year and a great party at the beginning of May in Berlin. There were days and days of thinking which one to chose or how to get to both of them and after struggling to find a solution, after so many nights with no sleep, we finally did it: the Euro Tour in 10 days -> Budapest -> Bratislava -> Prague-> Dresden -> Berlin. The first trip for just the two of us.