Budapest: destination for Formula 1 fans and culture lovers

July, 28 2021

The annual Formula 1 race of Budapest will take place on 1 Augustus 2021. Real racing fans will be sitting tensely in front of the TV that weekend to see Hamilton and Verstappen battle it out on the Hungaroring circuit. Or perhaps you’re even traveling to Budapest to see the race there live! I have plenty of tips for you if you would like to camp near the circuit.

Not such a sports fan? No matter. In this blog, I will also tell you about the highlights in Budapest and two other top Hungarian destinations. You can spend a varied holiday filled with fun in the water, in the city and in the nature!

Hungaroring Budapest Formula 1

The famous Hungaroring is located northeast of Budapest.

Not a sports fan? This is what else Budapest has to offer!

Budapest is a paradise for art and culture lovers. With the impressive parliament building on the banks of the Danube, Castle Hill (Várhegy), dozens of churches, bridges, squares, parks, museums and bathhouses, it is a versatile city. The ancient coffee houses are great places to catch your breath during a day of walking, shopping and sampling culture. The bars and restaurants are generally very affordable. And otherwise, there is always the Great Market Hall where you can score fresh ingredients to prepare your own meal. Budapest is famous for its many historic bathhouses, where you can relax in a pool or sauna. It’s always nice to give your feet a break!

Tip: Are you also a fan of wellness at your campsite? Then go for a campsite in Hungary with a sauna!

At a campsite in Budapest

If you go to Budapest, you can choose from lovely campsites near the city. Many campsites have excellent public transport connections to Budapest. A great advantage of that is that you can leave your car or motorhome parked at the campsite! Book a pitch at Haller Camping (3 miles) or Arena Camping & Guesthouse Budapest (3 miles) and you can walk to a tram or metro stop to travel further. Zugligeti ‘Niche’ Camping (7 miles) is also in a favourable location for trips to Budapest.

– Campsites in/near the city:

If you are looking for a campsite near the circuit for a camping holiday filled with Formula 1 then you have two options. First, Helló Halló Park. This small-scale farm campsite is situated about 13 kilometres east of the Hungaroring. Secondly, I can recommend a stay at Pap-Sziget Camping. This campsite is in the town of Szentendre. Here, you camp at a friendly campsite located on one of the islands in the Danube. Your camping pitch is about 16 miles from the circuit.

– Campsites near the F1 circuit:

Discover more of Hungary’s highlights

– Lake Balaton: fun in the water in the west

Of course, the capital city of Hungary is a genuine tourist attraction, but the country also has a lot more to offer. The enormous Lake Balaton for example, located in the west of the country. What about a boat trip through Tapolca Lake Cave or a cycling tour around the lake? And then we haven’t even mentioned all the fun to be had on the water! A campsite by Lake Balaton is the perfect place to enjoy it.

Below is a suggestion for a car route along three of Hungary’s highlights. The distance from Lake Balaton to Budapest (as you can see on the map) is 85 miles and the distance from Budapest to Hortobágy National Park is a 100 mile drive.


A trip (about 185 miles) from Lake Balaton via Budapest to Hortobágy National Park. This enables you to enjoy the water, culture and countryside to the full during your holiday in Hungary.

– Hortobágy National Park: natural beauty in the east

You are best exploring the area around Lake Balaton first before driving east via Budapest to Hortobágy National Park. This park mainly consists of pusztas (plains) and steppe-like plateaus. This is the location of many grazing cattle, including the white-grey Hungarian Steppe Cattle and the exceptional Racka sheep with their spiral-shaped horns. Besides the steppe landscape, there are beautiful grasslands, swampy areas, hills and forests in the Hortobágy National Park. You can follow a variety of walking and cycling routes there. You can find more information at the visitors’ centre, which is a great starting point from which to explore the area.

You can of course find all the campsites in the vicinity of the park on

Your tips?

What are your tips for a holiday in Budapest? And which other sights and campsites in Hungary should fellow campers really not miss? Let us know in the comments.

  • Author: Jeroen Timmermans
  • From Calais to Cannes, and from Nantes to Nancy: I have definitely done my fair share of exploring in France. With my parents and my brother, I spent weeks at the most beautiful campsites in a trailer tent. Then we travelled around the rest of Europe in a motorhome. Now I love cultural city breaks with my wife. And I particularly love funiculars and cable cars.


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