A JOURNEY TO SUNSET
A host of natural treasures, national heritage sites and gastronomic delights await travellers just a short drive away from Budapest. Easily accessible by HÉV light railway is Gödöllő, a charming small town home to Hungary's most extensive (and recently renovated) Baroque palace. Built in the 18th century by Count Grassalkovich, Gödöllő was a favourite re-sidence of Queen Elisabeth, wife of Franz Joseph I. Affectionately known as Sisi, Queen Elizabeth was adored and admired by her Hungarian subjects, and Gödöllő is an unmissable site for Sisi fans today. The beautifully restored palace and gardens host art events, fashion shows, film festivals and concerts. Mogyoród, the home of the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix is located nearby. One does not have to travel far south from the capital to get a taste of life on the "puszta", the Great Hungarian Plain. The Kiskunság National Park is a designa-ted UNESCO biosphere, an absolute heaven for birdwatchers. The romantic islands and waterways of Rác-keve, along the "Kis-Duna" (small Danube) offer an ideal destination for lovers of cycling, walking and rowing. Etyek lies at the southern edge of the Zsámbék Basin, where the gently rolling hills invite you to try horse riding and bicycle tours. Visiting Zsámbék, Ócsa, Monor, Cegléd, Szigetszent-miklós or Százhalombatta is only a short trip from Budapest, with plenty of sights to see. Having another adventure is always a good idea!