Why visit: wine tasting, wine festival, Korda Filmpark
Things to Do and See in Etyek
The small village of Etyek, just west of Budapest, is famous for two things: wine and filmmaking. In fact, the locals affectionately refer to Etyek as Hungary’s Napa Valley and Hollywood all in one. It’s all on a much smaller scale of course, but if you are into wine or movies Etyek is worth a visit and its proximity to Budapest makes it ideal for a day trip.
Etyek is one of the main wine producing areas of the Etyek-Buda wine region, known primarily for its Chardonnay, Savignon Blanc and sparkling wine. There are many small, family owned wineries and cellar doors in Etyek and almost everyone in the village is connected to winemaking.
Hellboy II - The Golden Army, the World Without End and The Borgias are all produced at the Korda Studios in Etyek along with dozens of other foreign films and television productions. The booming film industry in Hungary is a result of the weak local currency, government rebates and expert crews.
The Korda Filmpark offers unique guided tours into the world of filmmaking. Various film-themed exhibitions feature interactive shows on film production. The park is dedicated to the Hungarian-born Korda brothers, Alexander, Zoltán and Vincent, who were movie moguls of the 1930s and 40s and had a major role in establishing the British film industry. The film park follows their story including their connections to Hollywood and its stars.
Getting to Etyek from Budapest:
Etyek is about a half-an-hour drive from Budapest. Take highway M1 to exit 16 towards Biatorbágy. Etyek is the next village after Biatorbágy. Direct bus service is available from Széna tér and Kelenföldi Pályaudvar stations.