21 September 2021 10:03
When you hear about Hungary these days, it’s normally to do with political debates. That is understandable – and it’s also a pity: because what gets forgotten is how amazing and varied Hungary is.
Crossing the country eastwards, we wanted to take a closer look. We only touched the edge of the great tourist attraction Lake Balaton. You know us by now: we tend to prefer the remoter spots.
So we set off for Budapest, which is not off the beaten track, but we took the little-used routes. We passed through sleepy little villages – and through forests. There we found something you don’t often find in Europe: real driving fun on a labyrinth of sandy tracks. The Axor mastered them easily – and to top it all we discovered a small clearing where we could stay the night.
But hustle and bustle or not, we paid a visit to Budapest. Anything else would have been foolish, as the capital has so much to offer: the hilly district of Buda with the magnificent castle or the Gellért Spa, and also Pest. There, on the other side of the Danube is the city centre, and the historic parliament buildings are next to the river banks.
We spent two nights on a campsite and public transport quickly took us into the city centre. We went back and forth several times and walked the soles of our shoes hot. Of course we were on the banks of the Danube when the sun went down. You have to photograph the parliament in the best possible light.
Our last stop was the Puszta. Or to be more precise: the Hortobágyi Nemzeti Park in the far east of the country. Because only in the national parks can you experience this steppe scenery in its original form – in our case it was in extreme heat. We visited an open-air museum and learned a lot about how people used to live here – many of them as nomadic horse and cow herders.
We did not manage to crack the secret of the Hungarian language, which we found impossible to understand, however much imagination we used. However, we found a wonderful location for our last night before we continued on to Romania: in style next to a horse pasture.
A one-of-a-kind journey.
For eleven months, Andrea and Mike Kammermann were on the “4‑Xtremes” tour with their Axor. Now they are on an even greater adventure. The pair from Switzerland will be on the road for three years and the RoadStars community will again be joining them on the trip! Always be up-to-date and don’t miss any of the breathtaking destinations that our adventurous couple are heading for.
You can find all the parts from the “4-Xtremes – The World Tour” series here.