Taking a One Day Trip from Budapest to Eger
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Taking a One Day Trip from Budapest to Eger

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Get out of Budapest. Wait, what? Why go to Budapest just to LEAVE Budapest? Because you need to go check out other cities in Hungary! On top of your list should be visiting Eger, Hungary. It’s the perfect Budapest day trip and Eger wine tasting is AMAZING. Getting from Budapest to Eger is around two and a half hours out of the Keleti station. There are direct trains, but I decided to be adventurous on my day trip from Budapest and took one that required me to change about an hour into my trip.

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How to Visit Eger on a Day Trip from Budapest

The trains in Hungary don’t…tell you what the stops are. So you need to look out the window and make sure you actually get off at Füzesabony. And not go all the way to a random Hungarian city and wander around until you can find someone who speaks English to tell you to get back on the train and go back where you came from. Oops. Change there and head to Eger! Or get a direct train… Once you finally get to Eger, prepare to be charmed to hell as it’s one of the best cities to visit in Hungary.

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Seeing the Sights on My Budapest Day Trip

A city of a few canals and lots of yellow buildings, Eger’s history stems from being the place where the Hungarians defeated the Turks. Nearly every monument in Eger has to deal with this, and it’s a source of pride. English isn’t really spoken here, so I had to get by with my rudimentary German. Especially as the elderly couple who owned the B&B I was staying at didn’t speak anything but German and Hungarian. There are lots of B&Bs in Eger, which is the doorway to Hungary’s wine country.

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Getting to Eger’s Hungarian Wine Tastings

I quickly learned that you should… have a car. Otherwise, you’re walking three miles to the caves outside of Eger, where all the wine is stored. It was a nice walk, but there was a lot of wandering around the Hungarian countryside, just sort of hoping I was going in the right direction towards the Eger wine tasting places.

And finally, I arrived. Dozens of caves wrapped around in a half-circle of a small park, each with its own wine cellar. Eger Hungary is known for its wines, specifically its red, called Egri Bikavér. And it was goooood. I ended up buying four LITERS of Eger wine. I don’t even know why. I couldn’t take it back to London. I just needed to validate this trek, right? I don’t know, but after the Eger wine tasting, I loaded up my backpack, walked back to Eger, and then got on a train back to Budapest.

Is Eger Hungary Worth Visiting?

I thoroughly recommend you visit Eger for a day trip from Budapest as it is truly one of the best cities to visit in Hungary! While traveling in Budapest is wonderful, spend some time outside of it and walk the cobblestone streets around Dobo Square and the Basilica. Visit the cute markets where I bought honey and jam from a little old lady who smiled when I couldn’t speak a word of Hungarian. It’s charming, sweet, and vastly different from Budapest but distinctly Hungarian.

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4 Comments

  1. Wow, that sounds like so much fun. My grandfather’s family was from Hungary, so I would love to visit it one day. And those wine-caves sound very cool!

    1. It’s always interesting to visit a place your family is from, I hope you get the chance! And yes, the wine caves are AWESOME and definitely worth the trip!

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