Róbert Zeller, General Manager, Visegrád Tours Ltd.

  • 9 Oct 2021 10:29 AM
Róbert Zeller, General Manager, Visegrád Tours Ltd.
Róbert is 39 years old, taking part in the family-owned, Visegrád-based company operating in the tourism field.

Their venues are Hotel Visegrád (a 4-star spa and conference hotel with 73 rooms), Sirály Restaurant (the restaurant of the hotel, which is also a venue for events up to 250 guests), Renaissance Restaurant (a unique experience  resembling the golden age of Visegrád with excellent food and drinks) and Palotaház (a medieval-theme restaurant with spectacle kitchen in the heart of Visegrád).

1. Where did you grow up?

In Dunabogdány, I went to elementary school there, continued in Esztergom, then went to college in Budapest.

2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Costa Rica – mainly due to the ocean, also because the people are very laid-back there.

3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?

Of course my family and friends, and my hometown since I love this area. I am very biased, still as my grandma used to say, why travel when you live in the best place in the world. Here I live 5 minutes away from my workplace in Visegrád, which is a great place too.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?

Here there is so much to do and explore, with the Danube, the beach, the forest, and there’s nightlife sometimes too. Also there are plenty of things to do here if you have kids, plus there is a bike route – with more of that to be built soon – plus the mountains for walking, hiking and the amazing views.

You can be close to the unspoilt nature here, and still close to Budapest if you need to arrange something in the capital. Winter tourism here is getting better, there is a short ski-track, so kids can learn skiing and adults can enjoy a flavour of the slopes. Last winter was pretty good snow, since it was cold and they were able to keep the snow on the slopes.

Also here there is a Knight’s Tournament, where I am the master of ceremonies, it is so popular that people keep coming back for the tenth time. 

Worth knowing is that in the summer you can also rent a boat without a permit for around HUF 10k per hour, and there is the SUP, a new thing here people like very much, also there are opportunities to kayak, and go-karting as well. 

Visiting the castle is a must of course, there is a bob-slay close to it and zip lining is available there as well. Then there is the Royal Palace with the great play area for the kids near there. You can go on an E-bike tour, there are so many options.

One thing Visegrád wants is to ‘get the river back’. In 1998 a water dam construction project was cancelled and since then there was a restriction on doing sports on the Danube here. Now they want to create a beach here, and rebuild the public spa near the river.

Also Julianus view point is very nice, on the other side of the river at Nagymaros - crossing the river is easy by ferry. So, in short, here you are at the most beautiful place in Hungary, with so much to do, and with everything so very close.

5. What is your favourite food?

Tojásos nokedli (noodles with eggs) with lettuce salad, as my Grandma used to do it. Also Vadas marha, as my Mum does it. Goose leg with red cabbage is also a favourite.

6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?

Mountain biking and jogging,

7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?

I have travelled a lot, and can fairly answer Visegrád.

8. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

IT, being able to work from home, as I know programming labguages like Java, CSS, and do some system admin as a hobby these days.

9. What’s a job you would definitely never want?
A knight, since they get so seriously injured sometimes!

10. Where did you spend your last vacation?

Velence lake – camping with a caravan.

11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?

Probably at a campsite in Lipót or Tiszakécske where there is a thermal bath.

12. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?

Music, mainly early electronic music, I even produced some at home, it was a kind of ‘Jungle’ music, we even used to play it at parties.
Film: The Big Lebowsky, Star Wars.
Well, being a nerd, IT and gaming was my hobby and since it was related to internet I was among the first few thousands in Hungary to have dial up internet.

13. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?

Maybe a generic answer but a good meal, or let’s say my wife’s cheese cake.

14. Red wine or white?

Think global, buy local: a glass of Olaszrizling (white) would be my choice from Borgarázs Manufaktúra in my hometown.

15. Book or movie?

Movie, I recently watched The Irishman, at 3.5 hours long it was really something according to my taste, also the necessary Disney titles with my kids.

16. Morning person or night person?

Morning these days because of my work – I used to be a night one though.

17. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?

There are a lot, but to focus on one topic I can say poverty. Kids poverty in particular is very tough. Here the GDP is really high, general welfare is pretty good, but when you go a kindergarten here you can see poverty is a real issue here as well as around Hungary.

18. Dunabogdány or Visegrád?


19. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?

My family, and operating a successful company in tourism in the Danube bend. My family, too.

20. What would you say is your personal motto?

Well I could easily give you 20 quotes from Paulo Coelho if you want 😊

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