Despite the prevalence of stunning landscapes, diverse towns and cities and a variety of unique and fascinating attractions, Eastern Europe is only just beginning to gain popularity. Hungary is an excellent choice, here you will see a plethora of natural sights, mingled with fascinating local villages and of course brilliant cities such as Budapest; quite simply, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Without further ado, here are five fantastic things to do in Hungary to give you an idea of what to expect from a trip here…
As a landlocked country, Hungary lacks coastline but in its place is the beautiful Lake Balaton, a huge expanse of fresh water in the centre of the country. Interestingly, it is the largest lake in Central Europe and is therefore worthy of its “Hungarian Sea” nickname. The rippling opalescent waters offer respite in the hot summer months and beautiful views all year round whilst the resort towns of Siófok, Keszthely and Balatonfüred boast fantastic accommodation and restaurants serving up traditional dishes. Enjoy a boat trip, bask on the beaches, try your hand at all manner of water sports and enjoy the eclectic nightlife.
Visiting one of the thermal baths in Hungary is pretty much an essential activity during your time here, particularly when there are so many to choose from. Sourced from naturally hot water deep underground, thermal baths are relaxing and rejuvenating and a huge part of Hungarian life so immerse yourself in the culture and treat yourself. Budapest, with its vast offering of baths, is perhaps one of the best places to enjoy the experience.
Both impressive and mysterious, Aggtelek Caves within Aggtelek National Park are definitely worth a visit. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the series of 712 caves present a rare insight into millions of years of geological history. Enjoy a fascinating tour of this extensive natural sight. Hidden high up in the mountains, even the journey there with car hire from Hungary is enjoyable, affording endless views across the landscapes.
Hortobágy National Park
Delve right into the heart of Hungary’s stunning countryside with a visit to Hortobágy National Park, close to the city of Debrecen is the east of the country. It’s the largest remaining area of natural grassland in the continent spanning 800km². Explore the vast environment on foot, enjoy a horse and cart trip and stop by at the visitor centre. Take in the fantastic wildlife watching and bird watching opportunities, with 60-70,000 cranes stopping here during the autumn migration amongst many more species. However you choose to spend your time here, you can be sure that it will be enjoyable.
Tokaj Wine Region
Hungary produces some excellent wines and a sure fire crowd pleaser is a visit to Tokaj in northeast Hungary, a historical wine region that has been producing one of the world’s favourite tipples from as early as the 12th century. With 28 villages and 7,000 hectares of vineyards, you can easily spend a day here visiting wine cellars and sampling the produce. A must for any wine lover!
This is just a taste of things to see and do in Hungary; delve into the towns and cities and get lost in the countryside on a holiday here.
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