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The Szechenyi Chain Bridge and the Royal Palace at Night, Budapest, Hungary
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As a travel destination, Budapest has long been a favourite of city break tourists, who travel in their droves each year to soak up the myriad cultural and historical sights and attractions. There's so much more to Budapest than the constraints of the city, however. Should you hire a car in Budapest, you'll discover that the Hungarian capital is surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery in Europe. Car hire in Budapest takes you on an exciting voyage of discovery through scenic wine regions, charming mountain villages and inspiring artists retreats. Natural parks are also plentiful, offering a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
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1. Etyek Wine Region
A short 26km drive from Budapest will take you to Hungary's Etyek wine region. On the way you'll pass the lush landscape of the northern border of the County Fejer, a fertile area, which lends itself to 2000 hectares of vineyard. Etyek's variety of grapes is specially grown for sparking wine, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The region's most famous wine enterprise is that of the Törley family, which first came to prominence in Hungary towards the end of the 19th century.

2. Hollóko Village
The pretty village of Hollóko is a 100km journey north of Budapest. From Budapest, follow the M3 motorway to Hatvan and then exit at route 21. Hollóko is signposted immediately before Pászto. 

This World Heritage site is well worth a drive and offers visitors the chance to experience traditional Hungarian village life. 

Attractions in Hollóko include authentic Hungarian peasant dwellings, a post-office, school and village hall, which create the impression of a 'living museum'. Villagers of Hollóko are known as Palóc people and are proud of their preserved dialect, traditions and costumes. Hollóko plays host to a number of festivals and events during the calendar year including The Easter Festival, July's Rasberry Festival and August's Castle Tournament.
3. Hortobágy National Park
Hortobágy National Park is Europe's largest open grassland plain can be reached from Budapest via the M3 motorway to Füzesabony. From here, follow route 33 towards Debrecen. Hortobágy is home to a wide range of flora and fauna including the mangalica pig and the grey cattle.

Top visitor attractions in Hortobágy include the village tourist centre, the Herdsmen's Museum and the Kilenclyukú híd stone bridge.

The park is the venue for a number of popular events including International Horse Days and the Hídi Fair in August.

Szentendre Artist Retreat
The charming and historic town of Szentendre is situated in Pest County, not far from Budapest. Szentendre is famous for its rich cultural heritage. The cobbled streets and picturesque medieval buildings have long attracted artists and writers to the town. 

Fishermans Bastion, Castle Hill Area, Budapest, Hungary
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Today Szentendre is famous for its museums and art galleries. Art galleries worth a visit include Palmetta Design Gallery, Lajos Vajda Museum and Szentendre Gallery. The town also boasts a good range of shops, reasonably priced restaurants and cheap cafés, catering to thrifty artists and tourists on a budget.

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Hotel Aquarius, Budapest
Situated in Budapest, the Aquarius Hotel is in the centre of an outstanding Hungarian wine and champagne producing area. This elegant four-star hotel welcomes you in its silent and calm natural environment in a very familiar atmosphere with particular services.  This property has 41 spacious and exclusively furnished accommodation units to make your stay in Budapest a comfortable one. A specially adapted room for physically challenged is also available onsite.  The Campona and Promontor Restaurants provide gastronomic delights for you to feast on. In addition to the Hungarian specialties, gourmet guests can get acquainted with the flavours of international cuisine.
Art'otel Budapest by Park Plaza
Offering commitment to quality and exceptional service, the Art'otel Budapest offers warm hospitality to its guests.  This hotel is located in the city centre, on the banks of the river Danube and is opposite the parliament building. The world heritage-site Buda castle, Batthyany square and many other attractions are near from this property.  The 164 guestrooms at the Art'otel Budapest are spacious and equipped with modern facilities that make your stay productive and enjoyable. Facilities and services for the disabled are also offered here.  The onsite restaurant Chelsea serves delicious dishes in a fine setting. Also available here is the Domino bar, which is a right place to sip a fine drink and spend your evenings with friends.
Danubius Hotel Astoria, Budapest
This elegant property enjoys an ideal location in the heart of the historical city centre, within walking distance from the administrative, business and cultural districts, and the famous shopping areas of Vaci Street.  The hotel features 138 elegant guestrooms that are furnished with a host of modern amenities to ensure you a relaxing stay. An attentive room service is also available for your convenience.  The traditionally trendy Mirror Cafe and Restaurant awaits all guests with excellent Hungarian delicacies and brilliant combination of eastern and western flavours. Its fusion cooking offers a fine marriage of different national cuisines. Guests can also enjoy beverages that include the latest premium wine selection of the Hungarian wine producers.
Matyas Hotel, Budapest
Offering comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, Matyas Hotel provides you with all of the quality amenities to guarantee an unforgettable stay in Budapest.  Matyas Hotel nestles in the heart of the business and tourist district of Budapest just 50 metres from the fashionable quarter around Vaci Street, home to many of Budapest's most exclusive boutiques and restaurants.  The 85 modern, well-furnished rooms of the hotel are complemented by high-quality services at the guests' disposal. Certain rooms have a beautiful panoramic view of the Danube and the Buda Castle.  The famous Mathias Cellar Restaurant based in the cellar of the hotel offers excellent Hungarian and international dishes with great wines. They also offer live Gypsy music along with lunch and dinner as well as regular folklore shows.
Danubius Flamenco Hotel, Budapest
The hotel is located on the green and hilly Buda side of the Danube but still close to the city centre, only a few minutes away from the business and shopping districts of Budapest. The property is easy to reach from the Budapest-Vienna motorway and also from the city by public transportation.  All 355 guestrooms are elegantly and luxuriously appointed with modern amenities for providing a pleasant stay for all types of guests.  Taste international and Hungarian cuisine as well as premium wines at Bolero, or enjoy broiled meats within beautiful green surroundings at Flamenco Terrace. Guests can also relish light and vegetarian meals at Columbus Coffee Shop or sip cocktails at the pleasant lobby bar.
Danubius Hotel Gellert Budapest
Located in a charming environment at the foot of Gellert Hill, the property is set on the bank of Danube. This impressive location is within walking distance to Budapest's most fashionable shopping and business district with one of the most beautiful sights of Budapest, the Liberty Bridge.  Guests are offered a choice of 234 comfortable guestrooms that are well furnished and equipped with all modern amenities. You can dine at the on-site restaurant that offers great specialities of international cuisine as well as masterpieces of Hungarian cooking. The in-house bar has a stunning array of Hungarian and foreign drinks, spirits, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, draught beers and special offers.
Erzsebet Hotel City Centre, Budapest
Whether you come to Budapest for leisure or business, this property offers a good choice and best value for its location, facilities as well as service.  Situated in the heart of the city, Erzsebet Hotel Budapest is within a few minutes stroll from the primary business, financial, cultural, commercial centres, and the famous shopping street, Vaci utca.  The hotel offers stylishly decorated bedrooms that are well-furnished with modern and comfortable amenities. Attentive room service is also provided for your convenience.  Guests can begin their day with the delicious breakfast, offered at the breakfast room in a warm and pleasant atmosphere. After a tiring day, unwind at the cosy bar with an exotic drink.
Gold Hotel Buda, Budapest
Offering a good location and comfortable accommodation, this property invites all type of guests for a pleasant and wonderful stay in Budapest.  Located in the first district of Budapest, the Gold Hotel Buda is 19 kilometres from the Ferihegy Airport. The Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Fisherman Bastion, Tunnel, Chain bridge and Margaret Island are set nearby the property.  This hotel offers 25 well-appointed accommodation units that have been elegantly furnished with an array of in-room amenities to satisfy the needs of discerning travellers.  The Carat Restaurant offers a variety of Hungarian and International dishes and appetising desserts for you to feast on.
InterContinental Hotel, Budapest
Featuring stunning views over the Danube and historic monuments, InterContinental Hotel is not to be missed if you want to enjoy some fine hospitality with an unmatched location and scenery.  Hotel InterContinental Budapest is centrally located in the heart of Budapest, near the chain bridge and a short walk from the business, cultural, and entertainment districts. Voted Best View in Budapest, the hotel overlooks the Danube and Castle Hill, while maintaining easy access to the shopping and business districts which are both only a few blocks from the hotel.  The hotel offers a total of 376 comfortable guest rooms that are well equipped with a host of in room amenities.  Corso Restaurant and Bar serves Hungarian and Mediterranean cuisine..
Normafa Hotel. Budapest
The familiar atmosphere and green surroundings of the alpine style, hotel provides excellent possibility for recreation.  Located on the top of the Svab-Hill, on the border of Nature Protected Area of Buda, the Normafa Hotel in a picturesque environment still lies 15 minutes away from downtown Budapest.  The hotel has 46 rooms and 16 suites that are beautifully decorated, with some having a wonderful view over the enormous park. Each room is neatly furnished and holds a variety of modern facilities to satisfy every need of its guests.  The Normafa Restaurant with a summer terrace adjoining to the open-air pool, is perfect for an elegant but still informal dining, serving Hungarian and international delicacies.
Radio Inn Hotel Budapest
Radio Inn is situated in the centre of Budapest and is a few minutes away from the city park, in the largest quarter of embassies. The property is only 3 minutes away from Heroes' Square, Museum of Fine Arts, thermal swimming pool Szechenyi, Lunapark and the Circus.  This property offers spacious and comfortable accommodation units that are well furnished and equipped with all modern amenities to make your stay a pleasant one.  Guests can start off the day with a delicious breakfast, served in a cosy ambience. The property also offers a cocktail bar, which is a perfect place for you to relax after a long tiring day.
Ramada Hotel, Budapest
This hotel is located in downtown Pest, in a charming street in the Ferencvaros district and is easily accessible from the airport. The Holocaust Museum, Palace of Arts, Chain Bridge and the Heroe's Square are some of the interesting places that are near from this property.  The property holds 182 air-conditioned rooms that are well equipped with all the latest amenities and facilities, to ensure that your stay is a memorable and pleasant one.  The Courtyard Restaurant serves sumptuous international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. The 42nd Street Bistro Bar is renowned for its exclusive corporate breakfast and serves an exciting lunch and dinner in a happening life style environment.
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