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What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Drive to Bavaria (5 hours), Croatia (4 hours), Slovenia (4 hours), Vienna (2.5 hours), Slovakia (2 hours), Lake Balaton (1-2 hours). Within Budapest: go to Margaret Island, the great zoo, the circus, the baths (Szechenyi in winter, Gellert in summer), go to the wonderful chandelier-filled coffee shops, the Christmas market. Don’t miss the big festivals like Mohacs near Pecs or Easter in Holloko 2 hours north of Budapest. - Dec 12, 2017
Drive to South Germany (5 hours), Croatia (4 hours), Slovenia (4 hours), Vienna (2.5 hours), Lake Balaton (1-2 hours). Within Budapest: go to Margaret Island, the great zoo, the circus, the fantastic baths (Szechenyi Baths especially), go to the wonderful chandelier-filled coffee shops, go to the Christmas market. - Jan 23, 2012
There are many good restaurants, lots of sight seeing, excellent (and cheap) spas, and great travel opportunities within a few hours of Budapest. - Apr 28, 2010
There is a lot to do for families with older and younger children. My children were 14 and 10 when we moved to Buda. - Dec 29, 2009
All outdoor activities, with beautiful parks, great hills, etc. Lake Balaton has outstanding beaches, boating, outdoor nightclubs. Local wines are great in every price point. Frequent festivals and Christmas markets offer great food and drink. Lots of movie theaters and a surprising number of modern shopping centers cater to those pastimes. The historic sights of Budapest are world-class, and the surrounding area is full of fun day trips and suited to longer excursions. Classical music and ballet (Nutcracker, opera) a treat in this city that truly values culture. - Feb 24, 2008