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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Wine regions of Hungary

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Category : Hungary , Visit Europe

Wine was introduced to Hungary by the Romans, and the country was known for its excellent wines until the devastation of World War II and the Communist era. Recently Hungarian wines have had a renaissance and garnering prizes in international competitions.

“Wine is a part of the history of countries, an expression of national character, a source of troubles and pleasures.”

Today Hungary has 22 designated wine regions, and they all have something of interest to anyone who appreciates fine scenery and wants to discover Hungary first hand. A visit to top vineyards and cellars can be combined with other activities, such as sailing, visiting thermal spas, playing golf or discovering the stunning countryside. Since Hungary is a fairly small country to visit you can easily take in several winemaking towns in the course of a week, either by travelling around or making day trips from Budapest.

Tokaji aszú wine and quintessence 

Where should we start? Most people have heard of Tokaj – the toast of pontiffs and tyrants alike, and famously dubbed the “king of wines and the wine of kings” by Louis XIV of France. It is one of the world’s finest dessert wines. Like a Sauterne, Aszú is made with grapes that have succumbed to the botrytis cinerea fungus, otherwise known as noble rot.

If conditions are just right – the convergence of three rivers on Tokaj creates a unique microclimate, the botrytis mould causes sweet grapes to dry out and shrivel. The resulting Aszú berries have a very high concentration of sugar and rich flavors, and must be hand-picked to separate them from unaffected grapes. It is the shriveled grapes that lend Tokaji Aszú its intense color and distinctive range of flavors.

Szerelmi Pincesor (Wine Cellars) Tokaj

The historic town of Eger, and its Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) in particular, may also be familiar, but Hungary’s other regions are also producing award-winning wines. Legend has it that the name originates from the unsuccessful siege of Eger by the Turks in 1552, when the heavily outnumbered Hungarians had nothing to drink but red wine. This proved to be to their advantage, their red stained beards and wild eyes terrified the Turks, who thought they had been drinking Bull’s Blood.


Rókusfalvy Wine Cellar, Etyek

Hungarian WineConnoisseurs consider the red wines from Szekszárd and Villány in southern Hungary to be the cream of the crop. Many winemakers from these regions have started using international grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, to produce wines that are giving some of top French names a real run for their money.

Around Lake Balaton, you will find the Balatonfelvidék, Balatonfüred-Csopak, Balatonboglár, and Badacsony regions. No visit to Hungary is complete without a visit to Europe’s largest freshwater lake, and it makes sense to visit a couple of wine cellars along the way. Further to the north, the Somló hills and Sopron region also offer opportunities for exploring the local culture, nature and fine wine.


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Budapest is The Most Beautiful City in Europe

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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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What to Eat When You’re Hungry in Hungary

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We all know that Hungary houses beautiful cities and landscapes with rich culture, great views and unique nightlife. Another hidden aspect of Hungary is its food. Not only are there delicious restaurants, but the dishes will knock your taste buds’ socks off.

To save you some time, since everything you find there will be amazing, below are some Hungarian must-tries if you’re thinking of heading there.

Gulyás

Goulash-Hungary

This one is a must and one of the national dishes in Hungary and you may also know this dish as Goulash. It’s a soup or stew of meat and different vegetables all cooked and seasoned with a Hungary favourite, paprika and other spices. The origin traces back to the 9th century to stews that were eaten by Hungarian shepherds.

Lángos

A well known Hungarian speciality and something everyone would love is Lángos. Deep fried delicious flat bread made of traditional dough. To top it off, you add some sour cream, yogurt or mashed potatoes, but that’s all optional.

Dobos torte

Dobosh-Hungarian-cake
Sponge cake, layered chocolate buttercream and caramel topping, not much more needs to be said to convince anyone this is a must try. Just wait, add in that the sides are coated with ground hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts or almonds that would make anyone hope in a plane.

Töltött Káposzta

Another favourite in Hungary along with other Eastern European countries is Töltött Káposzta otherwise known as, the cabbage roll. In Hungary, they take this dish, keep it simple but make it completely out of this world and therefore, a must try.

Rétes

Hungarian-Retes-Strudel

Rétes also known as a strudel is a traditional dish in Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic. If you’re thinking that flaky puff pastry, think again. This pastry is heavier and the fillings vary depending on what you’re looking for and where you’re ordering.

Paprika

paprika-Hungary

No, it’s not a full meal exactly, but it’s a key ingredient in almost all Hungarian cuisine. The spice is made from various air-dried fruits within the family of the chili pepper. Though paprika is well known as a Hungarian spice, it didn’t become intensely popular in Hungary until the 19th century and originated in central Mexico and brought to Spain in the 16th century.

Kürtőskalács

These treats are to die for, especially if you like pastries. Easily found on street carts set up all around Budapest, kürtőskalács are a great dessert (or for me, a snack), thanks to its light, fluffy and delicious pastry exterior. Made by taking a sweet dough and cooking it on a spit (which is why there’s a hole in the middle), and covering it in sugar the dough is then roasted over charcoal and basted in melted butter so that the sugar becomes sticky. You can also choose from an array of toppings depending on which street cart you find yourself at. My personal favourite? A simple powdered cinnamon.

Hungarian Salami

If you’re a salami fan, you should probably fly to Hungary just to try it there. There are two differences that made an impact when comparing Toronto’s salami game to Hungary’s. One was that Hungarian salami holds much more oil adding a huge punch of flavour. Two, is that the addition of paprika brings a whole new element that I never expected. The salami ranges from mild, to medium, to hot all the way to extremely spicy. Checking out the Great Market Hall in Budapest is a must if you’re looking to try these tasty things and the vast selection makes it all that much more exciting.