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Overview to Hungary: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
There are few more evocative travel experiences than slowly winding your way through Hungary. It borders seven countries, something that has contributed to the country’s complex ethnic heritage and fascinatingly rich history.
Hungary varies significantly from region to region, with each idyllic rustic town subtly different from the last. Strolling through the ancient streets of Holloko is like being transported back in time, whilst Budapest, despite being perhaps the most beautiful city in central Europe, is a prosperous modern capital.
Just a short journey from the capital, the infamous ‘Danube Bend’ of Szentendre, Visegrad and Esztergom, with its fabulous basilica, is a well-trodden route. A little further afield, Lake Balaton is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Europe and where the landlocked Hungarians get their beach fix during the boiling summers.
Down to the south, the student town of Pecs has a unique early-Christian subterranean necropolis; over to the east, the beautiful baroque town of Eger is another must-see. Nearby lie the world-renowned vineyards of Tokaj-Hegyalja, and the otherworldly rock formations and enormous stalactites of the caves of Aggtelek Karst.
Much of eastern Hungary, however, is dominated by the emptiness of the Great Hungarian Plains. Stretching across more than half the country, and containing the Hortobagy National Park, they are a windswept but strikingly beautiful region.
When traveling through Hungary, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of real privilege at getting a glimpse of the age-old rituals and fascinating folk culture of the more rural parts of the country. Really, though, it’s just one of any number of things that makes this destination so utterly distinctive.