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A country that until the early 20th Century formed half (albeit as a very junior partner) of one of the greatest empires in European history, Hungary has had a profound influence on the continent's history, and yet this, the beating heart of Middle Europe, is a place apart. For starters there's the language - Hungarian is more closely related to Finnish than to any of the neighbouring languages. The Magyars (as the locals refer to themselves) also pride themselves on an originality of thinking that is most in evidence in the beautiful, vibrant and undeniably quirky capital city of Budapest on the banks of the Danube.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Budapest has some of the best hotels in Europe, and though the country has it's foot firmly in the 21st century, the prices are mostly still Eastern European
- Budapest is small and walkable, and it has a thriving bar and restaurant scene - in addition to countless museums, parks and beautiful architecture
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Budapest is the place we recommend for a 'beginner's guide to Hungary', but in time we hope to add more places of interest in this fascinating country.
Did you know
- The Hungarian language is known as 'Magyar'
- There are more than 1,000 natural springs in the country
- Goulash and paprika are common in traditional Hungarian cooking
- The Lake Balaton is Central Europe's largest lake with a size of 600 sq km