Where to go in Hungary
Hungary is one of the most immersive destinations in Europe with everything from the winding Danube River and the Carpathian Mountains to soothing thermal baths, lively dive bars, and legendary Tokaj wine labels. It stretches from the Slovakian border to the Hungarian Plains, with beautiful Budapest serving as the hipster capital. Toss in romantic architecture with picture-postcard scenery and it’s truly a must-visit destination. Its unique identity was shaped by a diverse range of influences, including Ottoman invaders to Italian Renaissance designers, which means there are many enticing places to visit.
Best places to go in Hungary
Here is a summary of some of the best and most popular areas to visit.
The “Paris of the East,” as Budapest is often referred to, is a thriving capital famous for its thermal baths and numerous 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. Architectural enthusiasts will find plenty with spectacular Baroque, and Art Nouveau examples across the city. Don’t miss a visit to 13th-century Buda Castle or soaking in one of the soothing thermal pools, the perfect way to relax at the end of the day. Be sure to explore the city’s more recent past too, a visit to see the old communist statues in Memento Park is a must for anyone interested in 20th-century history.
A city dating back to ancient times, Pecs lies at the foot of the Mecsek Mountains near the Croatian border. It’s overflowing with charms as a multicultural epicenter where many cultures have interacted during its 2,000 years of history, including Hungarians, Germans, Serbians, and Croatians, among others, leading to its nickname “the Borderless City.” It’s also home to the country’s oldest university and is one of its major cultural hubs with plenty of art to discover. 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 and alluring sights. You won’t encounter tourist crowds here, making it ideal to wander the tranquil streets lined with Baroque buildings while experiencing the local daily life. It’s overlooked by Eger Castle, the most important castle in Hungary, dating back to the 13th century. Every stone tells the stories of its past, most notably the unwavering spirit of the Hungarians who dared to defy an empire. The fortified stronghold is particularly known for repelling the Turkish attack during the 1552 Siege of Eger in which only a few soldiers were defenders. It was mostly the women and peasants of Eger who managed to defend their grounds against an army of 35,000 heavily armed attackers. In addition to the castle, don’t miss browsing the colorful produce market, rambling along the castle ramparts, and unwinding on the square while people-watching.
Embrace with striking natural and man-made beauty of Hungary by creating your own adventure. This country offers a diverse array of experiences with something to interest just about everyone. From the capital of Budapest and its soothing thermal baths to ancient Pecs with its backdrop of the Mecsek Mountains, intriguing Eiger, and beyond, Hungary has it all. Whether you want to embark on a scenic hike through the Carpathians, take a fascinating journey through history, or both, there are many different ways to customize a trip here for an unforgettable experience.
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