Luxury Hungary Tours & Holidays
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Located at the crossroads of Europe, Hungary is cosmopolitan, yet it’s also retained its long-held traditions, including one of Europe’s richest folk traditions. You’ll see exquisite folk paintings on the ceilings and walls of tiny churches in the Bereg region, while beautiful embroidery is stitched by the women of Holloko. Traditional music played on all sorts of unusual instruments continues to thrive, although classical music is revered throughout the country. Hungarians have also revived the Viennese-style café culture and a renewed passion for winemaking is thriving again. Some of the tastiest and most sophisticated cooking styles in Eastern Europe can be enjoyed here, with Hungary living up to its reputation as a food center, boasting a fantastic gastronomy scene and fine world-renowned wines, including honey-sweet Tokaj and the big-bodied Eger reds.
There’s a treasure trove of architecture waiting to be discovered in Hungary too, from Roman ruins to medieval townhouses, neoclassical buildings and art nouveau schools and bathhouses. It goes well beyond the capital of Budapest, with Sopron, Szeged, Debrecen and Kecskemet all offering magnificent gems around nearly every corner. Throughout the country, Hungarians have long-been “taking the waters,” soaking for medicinal, therapeutic and recreational purposes in everything from authentic Turkish bathhouses to art nouveau palaces supplied by some 300 thermal springs. The Romans were the first to make use of them, originally for medicinal purposes, but today they’re primarily for relaxation. Beyond urban centers, locals spend hot summer days cooling off in Lake Balaton, Central Europe’s largest body of freshwater.
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Where to visit in Hungary
Our travel experts have collated their top recommendations of where to visit in Hungary.
The “Paris of the East” as Budapest is often referred to, is a thriving capital, famous for its thermal baths and many cultural attractions. A dual city, it’s made up of the twin cities of Buda which lies on the west side of the Danube River, and Pest on the east. While they became one in 1873, traditionally Buda is the more tranquil of the two halves, with Pest more lively, although both are magnificent. Visitors won’t want to miss a soak in one of the soothing thermal pools, 13th-century Buda Castle or the Great Synagogue.
This charming Hungarian city lies at the foot of the Mecsek mountains near the Croatian border. A multicultural epicenter, it’s made up of Hungarians, Germans, Serbians, Croatians and others which led to its nickname “the Borderless City.” Laid-back and polished, its streets are lined with elegant Baroque buildings and ancient artistic treasures that helped earn it the title of the 2010 European Capital of Culture. With its lively nightlife and nearby Mecsek hills, Pecs is a city that really shouldn’t be missed.
Located in northern Hungary, Eger is relatively unknown, but it offers a fascinating history, alluring sights and nearby vineyards with the tourist crowds. Here you can wander the tranquil streets lined with Baroque buildings overlooked by Eger Castle, the most important castle in Hungary known for repelling the Turkish attack during the 1552 Siege of Eger, and experience the local daily life. Don’t miss browsing the colorful produce market, rambling along the castle ramparts and unwinding on the square while people watching.
A true Hungarian treasure, Hungary may not have a marine coastline, but it does have Lake Balaton, often called the “Hungarian Sea.” On the southern side are many family resorts – on the southeastern shore in particular, the water is calm and shallow, making it a favorite among families with young children, while vineyards line the north. With its silky emerald water, this is the country’s most popular summer retreat, but you’ll find something to do year-round. Every waterfront town along the shoreline has its own unique character, like the elegant spa resort of Balatonfured and the cultural hub of Kesze.
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Things to do in Hungary
Meander Through Buda Castle
Overlooking Budapest from Castle Hill, Buda Castle was initially constructed in 1265 AD, with the oldest part still standing dating to the 14th century. The castle undergone multiple changes, now barely visible, due to its tumultuous history. Today it houses the Budapest History Museum which retraces the city’s history from Roman Times, and Nationally Gallery, which focuses on Hungarian art from all periods.
Take a Dinner Cruise on the Danube
There are multiple dinner cruises available on the Danube, along visitors to cruise through the heart of Budapest for a beautiful perspective of the city from the water, including unobstructed views of Parliament. Dine on a delicious gourmet meal paired with Hungarian wines while gazing out at the illuminated buildings that reflect in on the dark waters, for an especially memorable evening.
Visit the Esztergom Basilica
Standing 328 feet tall, Esztergom Basilica is the tallest building in Hungary, and the largest church, holiday a high level of religious significant as the country’s seat of the Catholic Church. Constructed in the 19th-century on Castle Hill, it’s renowned for its classic architectural beauty, with its church, treasuring, crypt and dome lookout open to the public for visits.
Spend a Day Visiting Tihany and Lake Balaton
Tihany is a village that lies along the northern shore of Lake Balaton, famous for its lavender garden, a stunning sight when it blooms in August, covering a 100-hectare plot. Visits can also see the remains of an old castle fort, built between the Bronze and Iron Age. Lake Balaton, known as the “Hungarian Sea,” offers swimming, water sports and more.
Explore the Town of Sopron
Sopron is considered to be the most beautiful city in western Hungary, with a medieval Inner Town beautifully preserved, complete with charming cobbled streets that are fun to explore. The early 15th-century Storno House is worth exploring with its impressive Storno Collection It has an illustrious history having housed King Matthias from 1482-1483. Franz Liszt played concerts here during the mid-1800s.
Visit Pecs Cathedral
Built on the foundations of a 4th-century early Christian basilica, Pecs Cathedral includes Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and neo-Romanesque architecture, as well as vestiges from Ottoman times. It flourished during the mid-11th century reign of Peter Orseolo. The façade was primarily from a neo-Romanesque restoration in the 1880s, based on the 11th-century plans. Haunting frescoes can be seen in the chapels.
Discover the Beautiful Aggtelek Caves
Hungary’s Baradla Domica cave system, also known as the Aggtelek Caves, is one of the longest researched, visited for centuries for its speleothems. It’s Europe’s largest stalactite cave system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 712 caves including breathtaking stalagmite and stalactite formations. The caverns and their surroundings are part of a national park that’s spread across both Hungary and Slovakia.
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