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Travel destinations in Hungary! Do you like beautiful old houses, hot tubs or are you perhaps curious about Budapest's ruin bars? Here are our top tips for your trip to Hungary!

Why travel to Hungary?

Budapest is a city full of impressive buildings and monuments. There are plenty of exclusive hotels, lovely spas and luxurious restaurants, all at reasonable prices. Budapest also has plenty of cool so-called 'ruin bars'.

Southern Hungary is home to large wine regions and the production of the Hungarian version of champagne, called pezgö. You can also visit the large and popular Lake Balaton or smaller resorts focused on wellness and spa. Find lots of articles about Hungary here.

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Lake Balaton in Hungary

Central Europe's largest lake and many call it a sea. The lake has an average depth of 3.2 metres but its deepest at 12.2 metres. Here you will also find the Balaton Uplands National Park, Balatonfüred, which is very popular for sunbathing and swimming.

Tihany and Siófok are also located. Not far from the lake is Tapolca, where you can hire a canoe and enter caves.

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Eger

Eger is a city in northern Hungary, capital of the province of Heves, east of the Mátra mountains. Eger is best known for its castle, temperate baths, historic buildings, and for its red wines.

Eger is also a student city with life and movement. Walk down Raczhegy Street and visit some of the many wine cellars. Nearby is the mountain village of Szilvásvárad, where you can eat freshly caught trout. Also nearby is the Lipicai Etterem stud farm, which breeds Lipizzaner horses.

harrowing talok

Egerszalók is a town in Hungary.. It is located in the province of Heves, in the centre of the country. Here you will also find the Saliris resort spa, the Cascade hotel Demjén and on the south side of the city this 410 metre high salt deposit.

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Esztergom in Hungary

Esztergom is a city in Hungary, about 30 miles north-west of Budapest. Esztergom is one of the oldest cities in the country with history dating back to Roman times. It was the birthplace of the first crowned Hungarian King Stephen I the Saint, who was born here around 975.

The basilica is the tallest in HungaryIt has a canvas painting measuring 13.5 x 6.6 metres, and is the largest painting in the world. Who painted it? The Italian Girolamo Michelangelo Grigoletti. Don't miss the beautiful baroque square of Széchényi.

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Heviz

Europe's largest and second largest thermal lake in the world. Go here to swim and enjoy the surroundings. Eat gastronomic food, walk in the parks, see the Roman remains, and experience the city.

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Esterházy

Eszterházy is a castle in Fertőd, Hungary. built by Prince Nikolaus Esterházy in the late 18th century. Known as Hungary's Versailles, it is the country's largest rococo building. Composer Joseph Haydn worked for the Esterházy family and lived in the castle for 24 years.

Székesfehérvár

Fehérvár or White Castle has a huge amount of history. St Stephen's Cathedral and the ruins of the Székesfehérvár Basilica (one of the largest basilicas in medieval Europe), where the diets were held and the crown jewels were kept.

Here was the location for the coronation of the Hungarian monarch and the site of royal funerals and memorials. This fairytale town is located between Budapest and Lake Balatar.

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Lillafüred

Lillafüred is a village in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén in Hungary.. Today Lillafüred is officially part of Miskolc, located in the Bükk Mountains 12 kilometres from the centre of Miskolc. Lillafüred is a tourist resort with lake (Hamori lake) and wine tastings, waterfalls and caves.

Check out the Castle of Diósgyőr also called "castle of queens". because 6 queens lived here in 150 years. The Greek Orthodox Church is beautiful, a large wooden church which is very unusual, and an old steam locomotive with carriages from 1910 takes you through the deciduous forest.

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Keszthely

Keszthely is a town in the province of Zala in Hungary.. The city is located on the western shore of Lake Balaton. The town has been inhabited since the Roman Empire, but the first historical evidence of its existence comes from a document from 1247. Since 1421 Keszthely has been a merchant town and here above we see the Festetics castle.

Nine-arch bridge

In Hortobágy national park is this nine-arch bridge, which crosses the river Hortobágy. Erected between 1827-1833, replacing a wooden bridge, it measures 167.3 metres and was long the longest in Hungary. The town of Debrecens took the decision for all trade needed within Hungary, and paid for it with tolls over the bridge.

Hortobágy National Park - Puszta

Puszta or just pusta is a concept of the plains, where very few trees grow. It is home to Hortobágy National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can also go on day trips to see Hungarian cowboys and their amazing skills with horses.

The area was originally inhabited by shepherds. with cattle, sheep and horses. In the 19th century, 'pusztaromanticism' - cowboys, beautiful tavern (csárda) ladies, music and dance ('csárdás') - was very famous in Hungary. Go on a wild horse safari!

Tokaj

In north-eastern Hungary, Tokaj-Hegyalja is located and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. Here you will find over 300-year-old vineyards with their sweet yellow tokajivin, good food and thermal baths. A must and we are going there in 2020.

Where Tokaji wines are made supplied to tsars, kings and queens and all the Michelin restaurants in the east. The most famous in the area is István Szepsy, and it's where you should buy a bottle if you visit the region.

Turul in Tatabánya

Near the town of Tatabánya is Europe's largest bird symbol with 15 metres between its wingtips. This is Hungary's national bird and is also available in a smaller format at Buda Castle.

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Szeged in Hungary

Hungary's third largest city is called Szegedand is also known as the 'palace city'. Szeged is located in southern Hungary on the border with Serbia and Romania. The river Tisza runs through the city and buildings have been constructed on both sides just like in Budapest. The city is an Art Noveau city, built around the turn of the century. Here are some things you won't want to miss:

  • The water tower in Szeged which located in Szent István tér was built in 1904 in the Art Nouveau style.
  • New synagogue, designed by Lipót Baumhorn, was built in the Moorish Art Nouveau style and is the fourth largest synagogue in the world. It seats 1340 people and its dome is 48.5 metres high.
  • Reök Palace one of the most outstanding Art Nouveau buildings in all of Hungary. 
  • Ungár-Mayer Palace is located at the intersection of Kárász utca and Dugonics tér. It was designed by Ede Magyar in the late Art Nouveau style.
  • Goldschmidt Palace is a must.
  • Reformed Palace is inseparable from the fate of its esteemed architect.
  • Gróf Palace has three facades, two towers and several balconies.
  • Deutsch Palace is the best example of Hungarian Art Nouveau.
  • Cathedral Square is the main square and the heart of Szeged.
  • Karász utca is the shopping and pedestrianised area of the city.
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Debrecen

Hungary's second largest city, which has several times been the capital of Hungary, and more specifically of the Principality of Transylvania. The city is located in eastern Hungary and the church "The Remormed great Church" is the centre of the city as in the picture above.

Visit the ruin bar which is super cool, Nagy Piac indoor market or Deri museum. You can also experience the new modern museum Modem located on Baltazar Dezso ter Square.

Info and facts about Hungary

  • Capital city: Budapest
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Residents: 9.7 million (2020)
  • Currency: Forint (HUF)
  • Religion: Christianity (mainly Catholicism)
  • National anthem: Himnusz

Good to know about Hungary

  • Price mode: Cheaper than in Sweden
  • Time difference: None
  • Emergency number: 112

Travelling to Hungary

  • FlightsYou can fly directly from Stockholm Arlanda to Budapest. For example, fly with Norwegian or Wizz Air.
  • Car/caravan: Of course, you can also take your car or motorhome to Hungary. Drive through Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria or Slovakia. Another option is to drive through Poland and then Slovakia.

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  1. Travelbug.se says:

    Oh how nice! Got very keen on Villány now 🙂 Tried some wines in Budapest and they were really good!

  2. admin says:

    Travelbug, it was cosy in southern Hungary and they do have good white wine!

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