On day 3, drive east from Kőszeg and visit the Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma
, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This abbey is a thousand years old—making it one of Hungary’s oldest historic buildings—and has long been a popular attraction known for its 13th-century Gothic basilica, monastic library, arboretum, herb garden, and wine cellar. The monks are well known for the artisanal chocolate, herbal lotions, liquors, teas and white wine they produce using environmentally conscious management practices.
The dramatically contemporary Viator
restaurant, located near the abbey in the town’s main square, opened in 2010. It’s quickly developed a reputation as one of Hungary’s must-eat destinations.
Spend the afternoon taking part in a typically Hungarian ritual, visiting a hot spring spa. The Bükfürdő Thermal & Spa
in about an hour’s drive from Pannonhalma. Famous for the high mineral content of its water, the spa complex includes both traditional pools and a kid-friendly adventure zone, with a lazy river and a bubble pool. About the same distance from Pannonhalma, the Spa and Thermal Bath of Sárvár
opened in 2002. It features six different pools filled with healing mineral water, a “Sauna World” with a number of different saunas and steam rooms, and a family zone. No matter which one you choose, you will feel refreshed and relaxed before you continue on to Budapest, where you’ll check into the Ritz-Carlton
, an ideal base to explore Hungary’s capital.