10 Best Places to Visit in Hungary

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10 Best Places to Visit in Hungary

Category : Budapest , Hungary

While Hungary is famous for its goulash and paprika (which, by the way, originated in the New World), it’s known for much more than that, including world-class fine wines and its pear liqueur, an orange-colored sweet dessert treat, sometimes known as palinka.

Visitors to Hungary quickly learn it is a land of many cultures, having been ruled over by the Romans, Ottomans, Mongols, Magyars, Czechs and the Soviets. Remains of Roman fortifications can be found as can utterly spectacular buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. Hungary also is the land of the beautiful blue Danube River; no trip here would be complete without a boat ride on it. An overview of the best places to visit in Hungary:

10. Gyor

Gyor

 

With its roots in Celtic and Roman eras, Gyor also has been ruled by the Mongols, Magyars, Czechs, and Ottomans, though city fathers burned the town to keep the Turks from taking it. Gyor, located between Budapest and Vienna, is a good town to just wander around in. At almost every turn you’ll come across statues and marvelous old buildings. The old town at Kaptalan Hill can be found at the confluence of the Danube, Raba and Rebca rivers. A must-see is the church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, an ornate Benedictine cathedral, which visitors have described as “food for the soul.”

9. Hortobagy National Park

Hortobagy National Park

 

Hortobagy National Park was established as Hungary’s first national park in 1973. It is the country’s largest protected area and Europe’s largest semi-natural grassland, with the alkaline steppe dating back 10,000 years. Animals, including wild horses, lived on the steppe during the Ice Age. Horses, as well as cattle, oxen and water buffalo, still graze on the land. It’s a good place to go bird watching, since 342 species live in the park. A key attraction is the Nine-Arch Bridge that was built in the mid-19th century for people needing to cross the heavily flooded grasslands. Another top site is the Kareag Windmill, also built in the 19th century.

8. Debrecen

Debrecen

 

Debrecen, which served as Hungary’s capital various times over the century, is an important cultural center. Heavily destroyed during World War II, Debrecen is considered the intellectual center of the country, starting with the founding of Calvinist College in 1538. Now known as the University of Debrecen, the college is famous for its architecture. The city has a thriving music scene and is home to the Bela Bartok International Choir competition. Top attractions include the Reformed Great Church, the largest Protestant church in Hungary; the Deri Museum with its collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, and the annual Flower Carnival.

7. Heviz 

Heviz

 

If soaking in hot springs water relaxes you, head to Heviz, home to one of the largest thermal lakes in the world. Water temperature varies from 24 to 37 degrees (71 to 100 °F), making for a pleasant swim. The water flows from its source fast enough to change every 3-1/2 days, keeping the water clean. Located near Lake Balaton, Heviz is famous for its spas with many flourishing resorts. After a swim in these medicinal waters, you might want to hike in the nearby forest, or take in a food festival or outdoor concert. With a Mediterranean-like climate, Heviz is a popular year ‘round destination.

6. Aggtelek National Park

Aggtelek National Park

 

If you’re a spelunker, put Aggtelek National Park on your bucket list for Hungary. Located in northern Hungary about a three-hour drive from Budapest, the park is home to the largest stalactic cave, in Europe. Guided tours, geared to physical capabilities, are available. A special cave experience is listening to concerts inside Baradla. The park is a protected area, with some parts off-limits to tourists, while visitors must remain on marked hiking trails in others. Aggtelek National Park is a good place to see flora and fauna, and visit quaint villages within its boundaries.

5. Pecs 

Pecs

 

Pecs is a multicultural city where different ethnic groups co-exist peacefully together, where refugees are enfolded into the bosom of the city, making it one of UNESCO’s Cities of Peace. Home to the first university in Hungary, founded in 1367, Pecs has been ruled over by Romans, Christians, and Ottomans. A mild climate, magnificent museums, medieval buildings and fine wines make Pecs a popular travel destination. Historic religious buildings are a big draw, including Pecs Cathedral, Szchenyi Ter, Pecs Synagogue and Mosque of Pasha Gazzi Kassim.

4. Sopron

Sopron

 

Established in Roman times, Sopron has been both an Austrian and Hungarian city over the centuries. A 1921 vote decided it should be part of Hungary, earning Sopron the nickname of “Most Loyal Town.” The Gate of Allegiance honors this. It is located on the main square next to the city landmark Firewatch Tower. The city was devastated by World War II, though many of its medieval buildings escaped damage. Sopron today is one of Hungary’s major wine producing regions, one of the few famous for both its red and white wines. Great hiking is available in the nearby Alps.

3. Eger 

Eger

 

Eger, northern Hungary’s second largest city, is known for several things. Founded by Hungary’s first Christian king, Saint Stephen, in the 10th century, the city is famous for its magnificent baroque buildings. The king founded an Episcopal cathedral, with Eger remaining an important religious center today. The cathedral was built on Castle Hill, with the city growing around it. The castle and basilica remain the city’s top sights, followed by the Valley of the Women, a series of wine cellars and restaurants built into surrounding hills. Check out the Torok Kori Minaret, the northernmost Turkish minaret in Europe; the 150-step climb to the top is steep, but the views are worth it.

2. Lake Balaton 

Lake Balaton

 

When relaxing at a resort becomes more appealing to you than walking another cobblestone street to see another medieval building, head to Lake Balaton. Europe’s largest freshwater lake is also Hungary’s most popular summer resort. It’s so big it’s sometimes referred to as the “Hungarian Sea,” a delightful misnomer since the country is landlocked. Grass covers many of the beaches, though some resorts have created artificial sandy beaches. Siofok is the lake’s party capital, while ferries at Fonyod take passengers to Badacsony, a major wine-growing region. The north shore offers more wineries, the historical bathing town of Balatonfured, and the baroque Festetics Castle.

1. Budapest 

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Hungary

Budapest, Hungary’s capital and largest city, is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. One of the best places to visit in Hungary, Budapest is home to the world’s largest thermal water cave system as well as the world’s second largest synagogue and third largest Parliament building, the city’s top attraction. You’ll find spectacular views of the Danube and the city from Fishermen’s Bastion, originally part of the city wall. A poignant memorial to Jews killed in World War II can be found at Shoes of the Danube, where Jews removed their shoes before being shot and washed away by the river.

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Budapest is The Most Beautiful City in Europe

Category : Hungary , Visit Europe

21 Reasons Why Budapest is The Most Beautiful City in Europe

If you want to travel to Europe but you still don’t know where you want to go, then we suggest to you to go in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest is the capital city and the major economic, industrial and political city in Hungary. There you can see lovely castle like from the movies, amazing old churches, astonishing squares, brilliant bridges, breathtaking avenues, awesome museums and a lot of another things. Lovers of castles definitely should go to Castillo Vajdahunyad or Fisherman Bastions. One of the most beautiful churches in the Europe is Matthias church situated in Budapest. From the top of this church you will have unbelievable and unforgettable view of the town.

With these 21 magnificent pictures by Budapest, just for the moment you will feel like you are there and enjoy the beauties this city provides, together with your family.

Castillo Vajdahunyad

Is one of the most beautiful castle in Budapest located in the city Park. It was build between 1896 and 1908.

Chain Bridge, Budapest

Chain Bridge is a bridge that spans the river Danube between Buda and Pest. It is one of the most beautiful bridges from all over the world. It was build at 1849.

 

Entrance to St. Stephen’s Basilica

Stephen’s Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest. It got it’s name by the first King of Hungary, Stefan. It was open at 1905.

Fisherman’s Bastion

The Fisherman Bastion is an terrace in neo-Gothic and ne0-Romanesque style situated on the castle hill around Matthias church. It is one of the attractive places in Budapest.

 

Matthias Church (Mátyás Templom) or Church of Our Lady in Budapest Castle

Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church build in Romanesque style in 1015, but then was restored in the Gothic style  in the 14th century. One of the most popular places in Budapest is Matthias Church. People who loves old buildings would be impress when see this church.

Matthias Church (Mátyás Templom) or Church of Our Lady in Budapest Castle2

 

Museum of Applied Arts

Museum of Applied Arts is the third oldest applied museum in the world. It was build between 1893 and 1896.

Museum of Applied Arts

 

Panorama from the top of St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

From the top of St. Stephan’s Basilica you will have an unforgettable view of  Budapest. So if you decide to go in Budapest, then you must go there and enjoy in the view of Budapest.

 

View of Matthias church

Another breathtaking view you can have from Matthias Church to Buda Castle.

Zrinyi Street

Zrinyi street is one of the most beautiful street in the Budapest. On this street you can see amazing old buildings and old architectures.

History Museum (the Castle Museum)

Another Place that you should visit if you go to Budapest is History Museum or The Castle Museum. Three major parts of the museum are architectural findings, object materials from the city history and work of art.

Amazing View of Budapest


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How to Decide Between Budapest and Amsterdam

Category : Amsterdam , Budapest

It’s a situation that every traveller hates: being forced to choose between two incredibly unique European cities, and in this case, it’s a little worse since you’re choosing between Eastern and Western Europe, two starkly different regions within one remarkably beautiful continent. I won’t lie: the fact that you’re having to choose between Amsterdam and Budapest is unfair. It means either you or the person in charge of the itinerary has to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and ask themselves who they are. What do they want to see? What kind of traveler are they? What speaks to them?

Anyway, enough of making you feel bad. That’s not going to help anyone. After all, being in the position to choose between Amsterdam and Budapest isn’t exactly torture.

So what separates these two great cities aside from East and West? What makes Amsterdam a seductive fairytale and Budapest, a vibrant vixen? And most of all, if you had to choose, which is more your style? Here’s an honest comparison from someone who’s been to them, collectively, 10 times over….

Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is Europe’s cool kid: a charming, active party animal with a rich history and super liberal lifestyle.

Active?

By active, we mean that everybody rides bikes here. No, really, everyone rides bikes here. Bikes rule the roads so all you weekend lycra warriors will be in your element, especially since the terrain is relatively flat and the scenery, gorgeous. Riding over canals decorated with colourful flower pots will lead you past quaint cafes and cool bars. The Dutch love to be out and about, so no matter which end of the spectrum you sit on–social butterfly or bonafide people-watcher–Amsterdam is the perfect place to sit back with a top-notch beer and a handful of bitterballen. And the nightlife you ask? Of course you’re curious, you’ve heard so much….

If you’re a party reveller who loves hopping between a series of hole-in-the-wall bars and the occasional joint, then bohemian Amsterdam is your kind of place. If drinking expertly-crafted Dutch beers in the sun outside an old windmill brewery sounds a treat, and you’re a cheese-lover, then the Dutch capital is sure to delight.

If you decide on Amsterdam, you’re likely to end up passing through the infamous red light district, where scantily-clad women stand in windows, weed-haven coffee shops are abound, and crazy bars fill to the brim. It isn’t all that seedy and there are plenty of people around, so don’t expect some dodgy, back-alley commune of pimps and thugs; instead, you can expect a hedonistic carnival of adult vices where almost nothing is off the table.

Top 3 Quintessential Amsterdam Experiences

Anne Frank’s House: No matter your reason for coming to Amsterdam, Anne Frank’s House is a must not only for history buffs, but for all of us. It serves as a haunting reminder of the Holocaust as documented by a young Jewish girl named Anne Frank, who hid from 1942 until her capture in 1944 by the German Nazis. Tickets are only 9 euros, but if you’re travelling independently be prepared for very long lines and waits. Get there early before the museum opens to beat the crowds.

Hire a bike: On the list of epic things one can do in any given city, hiring a bike sounds like a bit of a lazy cop-out by a budding travel writer, doesn’t it? But rest assured, this is how the Dutch get around and given that Amsterdam is a beautiful, sprawling city of canals, bars and cafes, this is exactly how you want to explore the town when venturing off the beaten path. You never know what you’re going to find around the next corner, and trust me – there’s a lot! Bike rentals are around 9 euros per day.

Brouwerj ‘t IJ: This brewery is located next to the De Gooyer windmill, and serves world-class beers and traditional Dutch finger food and cheeses. When you want to leave behind the hedonistic bars and loud music (which, of course, can be incredibly fun), this is the place you want to head to with friends to enjoy the sunshine and green outdoor area. Prices start at around 2.50 euros, and they serve everything from Ambers to IPAs, as well as several seasonal beers. Brewery tours are also available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for 4.50 euros and include a free beer.

Must eat:

All the cheese in the world.

Must drink:

Amstel beer.

If Amsterdam was a song, what would it be?

Three Little Birds, by Bob Marley.

If Amsterdam was a celebrity, who would it be?

Emma Stone.

If Amsterdam was a fruit, what would it be?

An orange.

If Amsterdam was a colour, what would it be?

Crimson red.

If Amsterdam was a feeling, what feeling would it be?

Sunshine and smiles. Hip and relaxed. A party of positive vibes in a welcoming atmosphere. You’ll never want to go home, and will probably end up moving here.

Budapest

Hungary’s capital is the Beast From The East: a good-looking, tough hipster with old world charm and a wicked sense of fun.

Anyone heading to Europe and not going to Budapest is making a grave mistake: This spellbinding city is rich in history, a culinary treat (chicken paprika, anyone?), and has an underrated nightlife that allows travellers to experience something unlike anywhere else on the continent. It’s off the map enough to have unexplored secrets within its wide, leafy boulevards, and the imposing, faded grandeur of its historic architecture will leave you marvelling.

Make no mistake: there are no prizes for originality when it comes to Paris and Rome–these cities have seen a billion tourist feet, and yours are just a billion and one. Budapest is a dark horse beauty that attracts visitors, not guests: Unlike the aforementioned travel behemoths, Budapest won’t tart herself up to suit your every need. She’ll simply present her real self, and leave the rest right up to you.

If you prefer chic nightclubs and dystopian, cyberpunk ‘Ruin Bars’, plus a vibrant street atmosphere reminiscent of Barcelona, then Budapest is your best bet. Szimpla bar, for example, could be the set of Blade Runner or a hangout of Angelina Jolie’s in Hackers. Hit the bars, restaurants and merchant stalls in lively Gozsdu Udvar, a remarkably long alley-slash-walkway that houses Vicky Barcelona, a must-see Spanish tavern serving up tapas as good as any in Spain. If you’re into clubs, the ones in Budapest are dazzling with signature interior designs and fancy flair.

The outdoor game is also strong: Hungarians love to congregate in parks and outdoor bars with a few drinks, as the music pumps and the sun shines bright. If you can’t decide between drinks, swimming, relaxing in the sun and say, playing chess, you can do it all at one of Europe’s most iconic outdoor thermal springs: Szechenyi Baths.

Top 3 Quintessential Budapest Experiences

Szechenyi Baths: One of the largest bath complexes in Europe, this is the ultimate place to come and relax in the hot, natural thermal baths, or the ice-cold pool, and unwind. There are 21 pools in total, including the iconic outdoor palace, as well as saunas, gyms, and an on-site cafe and bar. The grand building was built in 1913, and also houses the occasional “Sparty” (Spa Party) which is a lot of fun for those looking for an alternative nightlife experience. The water has medically-proven health benefits and can be drunk from the Drinking Well. If you’re up for it, you can also play chess in the pool. Entry with a locker is 4,900 forint on weekdays, and 5,100 forint on weekends.

House of Terror: A museum dedicated to the memory of the Hungarians tortured and killed by two oppressive regimes, backed by Nazi Germany and the Soviets during the 20th century. The House of Terror details the history of what happened during the course of the regimes, both at a political and a social level, and also highlights the spiritedness of the Hungarians in the face of adversity. Entry is 1000 forint for EU students and seniors, and 2000 forint for adults.

Szimpla Kert: Legendary cyberpunk nightspot for a casual drink or a good night out, the old factory-turned-pub-slash-open air cinema, is an art haven providing creative talents the chance to sell their products to revellers. This place has everything. It’s beyond rad. It’s the type of bohemian venue that every bar owner should aim to have. During the day, there are farmers’ markets promoting sustainable eating, recording studios where many-a-great LP has been produced, and weekly non-profit showcasings where those fighting for worthy causes have the chance to raise awareness and funds.

Must eat:

Chicken paprika with nokedli dumplings.

Must drink:

Palinka.

If Budapest was a song, what would it be?

Hey Porsche, by Nelly.

If Budapest was a celebrity, who would it be?

Charlie Hunnam.

If Budapest was a fruit, what would it be?

A strawberry.

If Budapest was a colour, what would it be?

Gold.

If Budapest was a feeling, what would it be?

Funk and lively. Historic parties of faded grandeur and pretty people. Lovable grunge with a touch of street. If this is your first time in Budapest, I guarantee that it won’t be your last.

So will you choose Amsterdam or Budapest?

Experiencing Amsterdam and Budapest will allow you to create a bridge between East and West, and in a world where every blogger and media outlet has an opinion, you’ll finally have the chance to form your own. Amsterdam will open your eyes to just how cool this world can be. Budapest will reveal its hidden charm in the most random of corners. Both, however, will become the colourful splash on your travel canvas, the brightest, most revealing of all travel hues. Most of all, you’ll have the chance to dispel a tired travel myth: that Eastern Europe is unfriendly to newcomers, and that Amsterdam is a stoner’s hangout.

So, while both cities are equally remarkable and dynamic, if you could only choose one, which would it be?