So we'll be going around Hungary, Czech Republic and southern Poland for 10 days by car.
I think I know what to see in the Czech Republic, but when it comes to Poland and Hungary I struggle to find what the most interesting places can be. I obviously thought Budapest and Krakow are a must, but I'd be interested in finding some smaller cities or towns in the countryside, or in the way from one city to another.
I'd really appreciate if someone gave me a hand...
the plan is going to the Czech Republic first, then Poland, Hungary, and all the way down to Spain passing thru austria or going to Croatia and Italia.
As for Hungary, besides the usual things to see in Budapest, I would recommend Szentendre which is a quaint village and considered to be rather an "artist colony". It is only about 15 miles outside of Budapest. From there travel on to Visegrad and explore the castle ruins there. Esztergom, just a few miles further, has a large cathedral that St Istvan was crowned at Christmas Day 1000 AD. For more on these places visit the website http://www.budapestinfo.hu/en/around_budapest.
Further afield, Pecs and Egar, (known for it's wine growing region), are lovely places to visit.
Although you were looking for smaller towns, I did find Szeged interesting which has nice pedestrian streets around the square. If you do find yourself going in that direction, I would definately stop by Opusztaszer to visit the National Historic Memorial Park http://www.opusztaszer.hu/site/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1&lang=en. One of the attractions includes a cyclorama which is 120 meters long and was created in the late 1800's. The park also has recreations of housing of the Seven Tribes.
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For Poland I've heard good things about Krakow and Breslau. Never been there, though.