Suggestions for family of 4- travelling by train

Hello! We will be travelling to Hungary via the Czech Republic in August, with our daughters ages 10 & 16. We will be in Hungary 12 days total, and plan to spend about half that time in and around Budapest (day trips etc).

We would like to make 2-3 two night side trips outside of Budapest and are considering Gyor, Sopron, Eger, Pecs, and the Tihany Peninsula of Lake Balaton. We are travelling by train, so we also have to consider an efficient route. We enjoy culture, history, and architecture, as well as hiking/biking, nature activities, food and wine. I really appreciate any advice/suggestions, including any not mentioned above!

Thanks,

Jessica

Posted by James E.
USA
2969 posts

Efficient route? Sorry to tell you, but if traveling by train all routes return to Budapest. But you did identify all the good places. Dress cool, especially in Pecs.

Posted by jc_mamaluna
4 posts

Thanks, James. We are noticing that about the trains- I guess it will be a good way to see a lot of the countryside! We are really looking forward to our trip.

Posted by James E.
USA
2969 posts

If you can afford it get an apartment that sleeps four ($65 and up per night), so you only have to carry light luggage on your overnight/2night trips. In the Summer I would put Pecs last on the list if it is particularly warm when you are there. You can buy the train tickets when you are in Budapest to increase the flexibility of the trip.

Posted by jc_mamaluna
4 posts

Good to know! I am wondering about the heat since we are used to very mild Bay area summers... maybe we should head to the mountains around Eger instead. I am intrigued by that area also. I wonder how much construction will still be happening in Eger in August? Didnt have much luck finding info about that online so far.

Posted by James E.
USA
2969 posts

It averages I think in the mid80s but you can google that. The real ptoblem is that AC is rare which can make indoor activities Uncomfortable. Eger is a higher elevation, so ghat should help...then head further to Tokaj and into the wine regions to the NE.

Tihany will be hot but thats when the Lake is most appreciated.

Posted by jc_mamaluna
4 posts

I managed to book a little apartment near Tihany, so we were lucky! I see that Eger will be warm also, but have found a few places with AC. It looks like a beautiful area... can't wait to sample the local wines!

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
6990 posts

Looks like you're on the right track. Enjoy Hungary!