Hungary — Introduction
Hungary has a rich history with medieval cities such as Budapest and Pécs that hold plenty of charm for culture vultures. But it is also the perfect place to enjoy some serious rest and relaxation.
The Balaton region of Hungary features the largest lake in central Europe and is the place to head to for a truly relaxing and rejuvenating break. Balaton ranks as Hungary’s premier resort due to its 170 kilometres of shoreline which provides visitors with picturesque scenery and a host of activities such as fishing, sailing and vast cycling routes.
The lake is also popular with bathers and the heady days of summer make for fantastic fun on the water.
Across Hungary there are 135 natural thermal springs and the incredible Lake Hévíz is Europe’s largest thermal lake. Despite having an area of 47,500 square metres, the strong flow of water in the lake is thought to completely replenish itself each day and the lake’s waters are said to have curative health benefits for bathers.
The Hungarian climate is favourable for producing wine and so the country is home to some 22 wine-making regions with many vineyards offering wine tours and tastings.
Hungarians are also passionate about folk music and folk culture is an important feature of their national identity.
Make time for a day trip to Budapest – the twin city of sophisticated Buda and cool Pest is split in two by the delightful River Danube and is one of Europe’s finest cities. Here make time for shopping at the ornate Central Market Hall, visit the Buda Royal Palace and the stunning Fisherman’s Bastion sited in the cultural heart of the city. Then discover some national heroes in Heroes’ Square – a statue-filled who’s who of Hungarian history.