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Budapest to Vienna (or Vienna to Budapest): Wine & Castles Along the Austro-Hungarian Border

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If your trip will include visits to both Budapest and Vienna, why not make the most of your travel time between the two cities by sampling the wine and food, as well as visiting some castles, in the regions between the two cities. Rather than taking a plane or a train from Budapest to Vienna (or Vienna to Budapest), let us pick you up and drive you there … while stopping at a few wineries, taverns, charming small towns, and castles along the way.

The route will take us through Sopron in northwestern Hungary to the shallow Lake Fertő / Lake Neusiedl straddling the Austrian/Hungarian border and the UNESCO World Heritage Site landscape surrounding it, and then through the Burgenland region. This area holds interesting village architecture, as well as many fabulous palaces. In Austria we can explore the Burgenland region, which is Austria’s red wine capital.


SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Danube Boat Ride & Wine Tasting. Book the two experiences together and receive a 10% discount on both (discount will be automatically applied during the booking process)! 

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Here are some things that could be included in the day (the itinerary varies depending on winery availability):

• Two winery tours and tastings are included in the tour. We recommend including one winery in Hungary and one in Austria (so you can compare and contrast). The Sopron region (on the Hungarian side) produces mostly reds, while the Burgenland region (on the Austrian side is Austria’s most varied wine region, producing reds, whites, and even sweet botrytized wines.
• Meals can be at a winery, a restaurant on either side of the border, or a buschenschank or a heuriger (an Austrian establishment which serves its own wine along with local, traditional food, and is only open at certain times throughout the year).
• Lake Fertő / Lake Neusiedl, which is the second largest steppe lake in Central Europe, is surrounded by reeds and straddles the border. During the spring and summer storks flock here and are welcomed by the residents. We can make time to visit the lake, or explore some of its surrounding villages.
• Rust is one of the most prominent villages on the lakeside, located on the western shore. You could pass an hour or an afternoon strolling its streets and popping into wineries or shops. When the storks make their annual spring arrival to Rust, updated counts of the number of pairs, babies, and singles are scrawled on chalkboards.
• Sopron is the largest town in the wine region of the same name. If you look closely, you’ll find architecture reflecting many different periods of the town’s history, such as Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque. After the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Sopron decided its own fate and the town’s residents voted to remain a part of Hungary rather than join Austria. For this reason it is known as “The Most Loyal Town.”
• The monument to the Pan-European Picnic sits on the site of the peaceful demonstration held on the Austrian-Hungarian border in August 1989, which played a major role in bringing on the fall of the Iron Curtain and the reunification of Germany. The monument and beautiful park sit at the exact location where the border was first opened. A section of original barbed wire and a few lookout towers are still there, and placards tell the story of the events surrounding the Picnic.
• Eisenstadt, one of the region’s largest cities, was the seat of the Eszterházy Hungarian noble family. Schloss Esterházy, their magnificent palace, still dominates the town. The composer Joseph Haydn lived there for a period, and is buried in the town’s Bergkirche. Eisenstadt had a significant Jewish community and the Jewish Museum, old Jewish Quarter, and Jewish cemetery can be visited.
• This region is dotted with beautiful castles and aristocratic homes, in fact, the name Burgenland means “land of the castles.” Some of the most stunning are the two Eszterházy family castles. One is on the Hungarian side, in Fertőd, which was the most important 18th-century palace of Hungary and was modeled after Versailles. The other is on the Austrian side in Eisenstadt. There are Medieval hill fortresses in Neusiedel am See and Forchenstein, a Baroque castle in Halbturn, and several more along the route towards Vienna.


SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Danube Boat Ride & Wine Tasting. Book the two experiences together and receive a 10% discount on both (discount will be automatically applied during the booking process)! 

BOOK NOW (Vienna to Budapest)

BOOK NOW (Budapest to Vienna)

In Vienna, you may also be interested in our Vienna Wine Walk!

This tour is available year-round.

BOOK NOW (Vienna to Budapest)

BOOK NOW (Budapest to Vienna)

In Vienna, you may also be interested in our Vienna Wine Walk!

Price: $295 USD per person (small-group tour)

$375 per person (private tour)

For larger groups, please contact us for a customized price proposal with discounted rates.

The Details:
• This tour can either be booked as a small group tour (which means minimum of two guests and maximum of six guests) or a private tour.
• This tour can begin in Budapest and end in Vienna, or begin in Vienna and end in Budapest. It is a one-way transfer.
• Includes pick-up and drop off at your accommodation
• Up to two winery visits/tastings with generous tastings of 5-8 wines
• Bottles of mineral water and light snacks for the car ride are included
• Tour is led by a wine-specialized tour guide
• Includes tasting sheets for you to take wine notes to keep for your memories/records

What is not included?
• Accommodation
• Meals
• Additional admissions to museums, sights, etc.


SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Danube Boat Ride & Wine Tasting. Book the two experiences together and receive a 10% discount on both (discount will be automatically applied during the booking process)! 

BOOK NOW (Vienna to Budapest)

BOOK NOW (Budapest to Vienna)

In Vienna, you may also be interested in our Vienna Wine Walk!

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