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If you like history, have we got a city for you. Budapest, Hungary, has been around for a while: Humans have lived on the banks of the Danube River for about 10,000 years, and Budapest itself has been a thing since the year 106 CE.
There’s nothing old-fashioned about its art museums, thriving cultural scene or transportation, though. Rent a car in Budapest and become a modern-day time traveller.
The Danube River is the lifeblood of Budapest, and the bridges that cross it are some of Europe’s most impressive. The massive stone pillars and lion statues of the Szechenyi Chain Bridge may make you pretend your Budapest car rental is a Roman chariot as you cross; however, this masterpiece wasn’t actually built until the 19th century.
Once you’ve crossed the bridge once or twice (or more—we won’t judge), motor up to Heroes Square just northeast of the city centre. Visit your old friends Raphael, Rembrandt and Goya in the Museum of Fine Arts, then check out the best piece of art: The 36m Millennium Monument, which towers above the square, topped with a statue of the archangel Gabriel.
Is Budapest just not picturesque enough for you? Well then, you’ve got high standards! Luckily, the countryside is chockablock with Renaissance-era villages that are always ready for their close-up.
Aside from sounding like an awesome name for a rock band, Gyor, 120km west, is a great day trip to put your Budapest car hire to use. With 170 UNESCO-listed sites, it’s a downright goldmine for jealousy-inducing social media posts.
Need more? The “Grey City”, just over an hour’s flight north, is anything but dull. Book one of Wotif’s Berlin hotels and extend your trip with a little exploration of Germany’s capital (OK, a lot of exploration).
Wotif doesn’t stop at providing the best selection of car hire deals; we’ll also bundle your accommodation and airfares with our Budapest holiday packages. That’ll save you even more cash—so you can live like Hungarian royalty, or at least drive like it.