Most people think of a trip to Hungary as a stop on a river cruise. However, there's more you should see and experience than just a day at port. Read on to learn more and know that we've been here; we will return and not just for a short stay.
Delicious Food & Local Wines
Hungarian culture is deep-rooted in its culinary traditions, and the best example is a piping hot bowl of Goulash, a hearty stew packed with meat and vegetables. Goulash can trace its origins back thousands of years to a soup made by Hungarian shepherds and is just one of Hungary's nationally prized dishes.
It's easy to find a locally grown wine to pair with your meal, as Hungary boasts seven wine-growing regions. The many vineyards offer tours complete with tastings that make Hungary an appealing destination for wine enthusiasts and couples.
Culture in Budapest (including folk culture)
Budapest is a hub of culture and offers all the amenities of a European capital city with the charm of a small town. Chic pubs and trendy stores dot the streets of this architectural wonderland. Everyone is sure to find something of interest. Hungary's rich folk culture is still going strong, too, with many museums and local artisans keeping alive craft techniques that have been passed down through the generations.
Hungary is a top destination for budget travelers, with Budapest ranking among the most budget-friendly holiday destinations in Europe. Popular among college students and backpackers, for this reason, Hungary's capital city offers a wide range of economical eats and even free admission to some attractions, such as the Fisherman's Bastion, a scenic viewing terrace located in the Buda Castle.
Filled with beautiful nature
The Hungarian countryside is a picturesque postcard, complete with rolling hills and idyllic farmhouses. Hortobágy National Park in eastern Hungary is a World Heritage Site located in a steppe environment. Habitat to cattle, sheep, horses and a few hundred species of birds, unspoiled expanses like these are Hungary's claim to fame among nature-lovers.
In summer, Lake Balaton opens its waters to those wanting to soak in the sun or participate in water sports. The largest lake in the region, Balaton, is just a short drive to the nearby vineyards. Because its size offers a little something for everybody -- the north shore provides a quiet family getaway, while the south shore is more well-known for its nightlife.
Hungary draws in thousands of visitors each year with its thermal waters, and various thermal spas are located throughout the country. Besides providing bathers with a relaxing dip, thermal baths also possess numerous health benefits. They can minimize muscular pains, improve metabolism, and reduce stress -- not to mention all those essential minerals! Baths can be found in all locales, from Budapest's City Park (Széchenyi Baths) to the world's second-largest thermal lake, situated in a volcanic crater (Hévíz Thermal Lake).
We've enjoyed our visit in December to see the Christmas Markets as well as a trip in March. While those are both during the more frigid times, Hungary still has something magical. Is it time you checked it out for yourself? Ready to plan your next adventure? Contact us today, and let us help you plan your next vacation.