Hungary: The Whole Country in One Park

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Photo by Veronika & Tibor

The warm season has started early this year in Hungary. With wall-to-wall sunshine virtually guaranteed throughout the Hungarian summer, now is a good time to check out the National Open Air Museum in Szentendre.

Only 20 kilometres from Budapest and set in a beautiful national park, this massive museum features replica villages from each of Hungary’s seven regions. You can stroll through the houses, watch traditional craftsmen at work, and sample traditional foods. Pop into the inn for grill specialities, baked on lava stone, or pick up a patisserie at the on-site bakery.

The museum is open every day except Monday. All-day entry is a mere HUF1000 (€4.10; $5.60) for adults—just half that for students. To get there from Budapest, take the suburban train from Batthyány Square and then take a short ride on special bus. On special festival days—our favorite is the Wine Festival on September 8 and 9—a direct bus runs between the Árpád Bridge and the museum.

About the author

Melanie lives in Budapest with her Hungarian husband and two daughters, Rose and Thea. She teaches English and Psychology in an International School in the city and is studying for a Masters Degree in Children's Literature.

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