Hungary often flies under the radar as a destination, and yet the country is arguably the embodiment of ‘original’. The obvious starting point is the wonderful capital Budapest, a happy union of what was once two cities on either side of the Danube: Buda and Pest. The city has been occupied and fought over a thousand times and as a result is extremely multicultural in essence. You’ll feel this at every step, in the architecture both Art Deco and Art Nouveau, the Jewish quarter (which is home to the largest synagogue in Europe), the UNESCO-listed Buda Castle and, of course, the Great Market Hall, filled with delicious delicacies for sale. There, a visitor can quickly appreciate the omnipresence of paprika, wine, foie gras and the appreciation by Hungarians of good food.
Water also plays a part in Hungarian life, be that while exploring the Danube by boat, while wallowing in Budapest’s thermal baths or on a visit to Lake Balaton. In the west of the country, this small inland sea is somewhere to relax surrounded by nature. On its shores, wine and landscape lovers take lovely walks in the heart of one of the most beautiful wine regions in the country. Walk through vineyards and baroque towns, and enjoy a wine tasting of delicious Tokaji (Tokay) sweet white wines. To accompany you throughout your stay, call on our Hungary travel guide.