The Hungarian Guide - Investing and retiring in Hungary

  • A stunning capital with unique setting A stunning capital with unique setting
  • walking and birdwatching paradise walking and birdwatching paradise
  • undisturbed nature rich in rare species undisturbed nature rich in rare species
  • enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track
  • Teeming with History Teeming with History
  • over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes
  • picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb
  • Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit
  • Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer
  • Tranquil Lake Balaton Tranquil Lake Balaton
  • Lush rolling hills of western Hungary Lush rolling hills of western Hungary
  • buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000.. buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000..
  • horsemen and nature lovers paradise horsemen and nature lovers paradise
  • Europe's second largest freshwater lake Europe's second largest freshwater lake
  • A paradise for watersport enthusiasts A paradise for watersport enthusiasts
  • Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature

Tatras Mountains

Without doubt one of the main attractions of owing a property in Hungary is the ability to tour and discover new areas.

During March 2014 I decided to visit the northern Slovakian / southern Poland area known as Tatras. The journey time from Siofok on the south shore of Lake Balaton to Zakopane in Poland took 6 hours and totalled 268 miles. ( 432km ) http://www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp

Slovakia like Hungary is in the EU and is a member of Schengen so there is no need to show passport at the border. If you are using a hire car just make sure the hire company is aware of your travel plans at the outset. Slovakia is in the Euro and having checked beforehand I noticed petrol prices were cheaper in Hungary so I decided to fill up in Hungary.

http://www.fuel-prices-europe.info/

Slovakia for the most part was similar countryside to Hungary – green rolling hills, open farmland and small villages. As I drove further north larger mountains came into view which were still snow capped. I crossed the Slovak / Polish border at Chocholow.

Poland is also in Schengen so there were no delays at the border.

I had pre booked accommodation at Zakopane which is Poland’s main ski resort. I used www.booking.com  and paid £30 / night for a double room inc breakfast. The hotel Villa Vita was only half full as it was mid week. The hotel was busier at the weekend but at this time of year there was probably no need to pre book. The hotel details can be found herezakopane 1

I found the hotel very comfortable, clean and in an excellent location. The breakfast buffet was particularly good.

During March the ski slopes are still open but I found you had to travel to the higher slopes to guarantee snow. There are several ski jumps in the area. The area is popular throughout the year as it attracts walkers and nature lovers during the rest of the year. Mountain biking is particularly popular along with white water rafting.

Krakow

The town of Zakopane is very picturesque with nice shops and restaurants. Most of the buildings are constructed from timber.

From Zakopane I drove 65 miles approx 1 hour 15 mins north to the beautiful city of Krakow. The city is accessible by foot and comprises lovely churches and squares. I understand the Christmas market is very popular. From Krakow it is very easy to go and visit the prisoner of war camp at Auswitz (1 hour drive west – 40 miles) and the salt mines.

Since returning from the trip I met another family who had completed a round trip comprising Czech, Slovenia and Austria. Details of their route can be found below:

czech-hungary-motorcycle-tour-map

Overall I found Slovakia and Poland more expensive than Hungary but prices in general were still cheaper than the UK.