Hungary has come under the spotlight in recent years due, in part, to the availability of great value flight deals from the UK to its capital city of Budapest. The country plays host to a surprising selection of precious yet little known treasures that create the ideal European destination for those that like to venture off the beaten track.
From strolling the cities and admiring the collection of Roman ruins, medieval churches and Art Nouveau buildings on offer to exploring the Great Plain, home of Hungary's national parks and horse-riding; from tasting sophisticated cuisine and world renowned wines to rejuvenating in a steamy, thermal bath... Hungary blends old, European charm with an exotic, romantic culture, guaranteed to capture your heart.
An ideal city for budget explorers, the Hungarian capital has come out on top in the Post Office Travel Money's best value city break destination report for the past two years running.
By day a charming city peppered with medieval streets, museums, galleries, antique stores and flea markets; by night a buzzing array of bars, pubs and clubs to match any mood. Budapest has the ability to entertain around the clock.
This postcard-perfect lake is the largest in Central Europe and known as the Hungarian Sea to those that frequent its popular shores. Shimmering, turquoise waters encircled in lush greenery draw visitors to fill the lively resorts during the summer months. There is plenty of water-sport action as well as opportunities to relax in the numerous spas; enjoy the magnificent views of the golf course and hike in the panoramic hills. But fun at Lake Balaton isn't limited to the warm weather months – ice-skating the lake during winter is an experience not to be missed.
For those with a fondness for the grape, Hungary is a Garden of Eden. With some 22 wine regions to choose from, you won't have to go far to experience some of the full-bodied whites and fruity reds the country is famous for.
One of the more picturesque towns, Eger, is located to the west and an excellent setting for a spot of wine tasting. The medieval sounding 'Bull's Blood' is the flagship wine here but venture into the Valley of the Beautiful Women and you'll find dozens of cellars where you can sample all sorts of specialities.
Thermal baths are an integral part of Hungary's culture. It is a land of hot springs with myriad places to take a dip in the warm and rejuvenating waters. Visit one of the more intimate, traditional Turkish baths that date back to the 16th century or choose an impressive, Art Nouveau public bathhouse. Then simply kick back and relax.
Visit Debrecen in the Great Plain region and learn about Magyar culture, cowboys and the history of these fierce, warrior people that conquered this part in Europe with their skilful archery and commanding horseman-ship. From here, a visit to the beautiful Hortobagy National Park is a must.
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