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Hungary tours and sightseeing

 
Hungary, a beautiful country with a rich cultural history. It has a reputation for its fine wines, majestic countryside with resort-lined lakes, rustic villages and Baroque architecture. Located in central Europe, Hungary is bordered by seven countries including Austria, Slovakia, and Romania. 

Budapest is the capital city and receives most of the country's tourists. It's big, busy and friendly. The River Danube separates the city into two parts. In Buda you'll find Roman ruins and the castle. Pest is on the other side of the Danube and is home to the commercial parts of the city. Budapest has also been nicknamed ‘The City of Healing Waters' because there are dozens of spas, baths and public pools supplied by mineral rich natural spring waters.

Hungary Travel

Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Europe. Many Hungarians also vacation here, There are many resorts around the lake, spa facilities and opportunities for water sports, such as sailing.

In the north of the country is Eger, a city known for its thermal spas, wines and fabulous Baroque architecture. The red and white wines are considered by many to be the finest in the country, and are measured in 200 year old cellars. Well worth a visit is Egri Vár castle, not only a stunning looking building, but there's a fantastic tour of its mysterious underground passageways. Another popular spot for visitors is the Archbishop's Cathedral. It's the second largest in Hungary and houses the country's biggest organ.

Transport

The country is well connected by international flights to many major destinations. It also has good road and rail links with the 7 countries that border it. Internally there are good air, road and rail links between major places. Public transport in cities, including trams and trolley buses, is efficient and well developed.

 

Climate

Hungary has a temperate climate. July and August are the hottest months.

The foundation of Hungary , or the Kingdom of Hungary , was laid out in the ninth century BC by the Magyars who were the ancestral forefathers of the Hungarian people. Today, Hungary is located in the same Carpathian Basin in the center of Eastern Europe and has no direct access to any of the seas surrounding the continent. Hungary is bordered by Austria , Slovakia , Ukraine , Romania , Serbia , Croatia and Slovenia.

Hungary travel

The Republic of Hungary is one of the fifteen most popular tourist destinations in the world and Budapest , its national capital city, is considered as one of the most magnificent cities on the face of the Earth. Even though Hungary is a rather small country, it boasts a number of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world ( Lake Hévíz ), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton) and the largest natural grassland in Europe ( Hortobágy ). In addition, Hungary is home to the largest synagogue in Europe (Great Synagogue), the largest medicinal bath in Europe ( Széchenyi Medicinal Bath ), the third largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica), the second largest territorial abbey in the world (Pannonhalma Archabbey), the second largest Baroque castle in the world ( Gödöllo ) and the largest Early Christian Necropolis outside of Italy ( Pécs ).

With so much to see and experience in Hungary , it is virtually impossible to name every attraction in a single article. Therefore I shall list only the most popular attractions. Before I proceed however, it is important to note that Hungary has a Continental Climate with hot summers and low humidity but frequent rain showers. Its winters are frigid to cold and snowy. Consequently, it is best to plan a trip to Hungary during the spring or summer seasons.

  • Budapest as we know it today is the result of the 1873 amalgamation of three main cities; Pest, Buda and Óbuda with the Danube River running between them.
  • The Royal or the Buda Palace is a mixture of Gothic and Baroque architecture and has been a regal royal dwelling atop a hill in the Buda District for over 700 years. Today it houses several museums and the National Gallery for Art and the National Library.
  • Fisherman's Bastion was erected in 1905 on top of medieval castle walls. This bastion provides a dazzling view of the Danube, the Chain Bridge, the Parliament Buildings and the Pest district.
  • Gellért Hill offers unmatched panoramic views of the entire city and the Danube River . The hill displays a number of monuments as well as several historic medicinal spas that date back to the Turkish occupation and a five star resort hotel.
  • The Chain Bridge was the first stone bridge to be built (1894) over the Danube River to connect Buda and Pest and is the most famous for its lion statues.
  • The Parliament Buildings stand on the banks of the Danube River and are counted among the world's most beautiful parliament buildings.
  • Eger is a city in northern Hungary and is best known for its castle, thermal baths, historic buildings which include the Turkish minaret and its red and white wines.
  • Szépasszony Valley (Valley of the Pretty Woman) is abundant in vineyards and one hundred year old cellars and taverns.
  • Lake Balaton District.
a) Keszthely is a delightful university town with stylish cafes, tree lined streets and a humming market place. The Helikon Palace Museum and Library is Keszthely's number one attraction but it is also the best location out of which to explore Lake Balaton and the Kis-Balaton nature reserve.

The Danube Bend

a) Szentendre (The Pearl of the Danube Bend) is a charming old-world market town located on the slopes of the Pilis mountain range with colorfully painted houses, cobbled lanes and small squares.

b) Visegrad is a small, slow paced and serene town situated on the sharp bend of the Danube Rived at the feet of steep hills and its Citadel is located on a hill overlook the town.

I cannot in good conscience bid you farewell and bon voyage without also mentioning the superb Hungarian cuisine which is so inseparable from the country's culture and tradition. Goulash, the skillfully prepared thick soup seasoned with an abundance of hot paprika, is the main aspect of the Hungarian diet and one that must be experienced by every visitor. Bon appetite!


 
 
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