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Hungary

Hungary

It says something for the unique culture and people of Hungary when their favourite activity is playing chess while soaking at an elegant thermal bath complex. Taking to the water in Hungary is a tradition and one not to be missed especially in Budapest, the nation’s stately capital. The River Danube flows through the centre of the city, separating the ancient towns of Buda and Pest. As you explore the city’s medieval heritage, don’t be frightened by the crazy-looking names. Your pronunciation may not fool the locals, but they’ll be thrilled to hear you try and will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. For something completely different head to the Statue Park, the last resting place of more than 40 statues from Hungary’s Socialist past.

Beyond the city lie lakes and spa towns and the vast Hungarian Plain that still pounds with the sound of hoof-beats – the Hungarians love their horses. Join them on a ride, or watch the Magyar cowboys demonstrate their awesome abilities. Meet Hungary’s dynamic young generation in the university city of Szeged and wander the cobblestone streets of arty Szentendre, one of several towns along the picturesque Danube bend.

Hungarian cuisine reflects this country’s unique heritage. The Turks introduced coffee and paprika and it is from here that hearty, rich goulash soup originates. Try turkey roasted with fruit, and for dessert, chestnut cream. Live life to the full the way the Hungarians do.

 



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN HUNGARY




Terror Museum TERROR MUSEUM

This illustrates the decades of Nazi and Communist repression. It is in the former headquarters of the secret police of both these governments and is also a memorial to the victims. It is fascinating, and while presenting the horrors it also makes people understand that the sacrifice for freedom was not in vain.

Communism State Park COMMUNISM STATUE PARK (MEMENTO PARK BUDAPEST)
 

Displayed in the park are 42 pieces of art from the Communist era between 1945 and 1989. You’ll find Marx and Lenin here and gigantic heroic monuments and statues to the ‘workers’ and other famous personalities.

Baths BATHS
 

Budapest has some of the world’s finest Turkish baths. They boast original Ottoman architecture with wonderful octagonal pools, stained glass windows and mosaics. Some are pretty elaborate; just as they were when built in the early 1900s. 

Take a Cruise on the Danube TAKE A CRUISE ON THE DANUBE
 

Get out on the river to admire its beauty close up. The Danube River divides ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’, so you can enjoy all the attractions along the river banks at a relaxing pace. 

Romkocsma EXPLORE THE ROMKOCSMA
 

These are the ‘ruin pubs’ of Budapest’s seventh district and one of the best bar-hopping areas on the Pest side of the Danube, behind the Great Synagogue. Each pub is unique, usually an abandoned or bombed building with a hipster vibe, once the thriving Jewish district but destroyed during WWII, now these buildings are renovated into trendy bars and restaurants.

Labyrinth LABYRINTH

Under the castle is a 1200 metre cave system that was created from hot water springs almost half a million years ago. They have been used as cellars, storage and rooms for the castle. During wartimes in the 1930s it was able to shelter up to 10,000 people and is where Count Dracula was imprisoned and tortured from 1463.

Gundel GUNDEL
 

Next to Pest’s City Park, this elite Budapest dining institution has paintings by Hungarian masters adorning the walls. Enjoy a refined Hungarian meal, washed down with Hungarian wines. For dessert you have to try Hungarian palacsinta; a pancake stuffed with chocolate sauce and flambéed.

Vasi Utca VASI UTCA
 

If you love shopping, a visit to Vaci Utca will be one of your favourite Budapest experiences. The street was formed in the 18th century and is lined with beautiful architecture. The avenue is full of exclusive boutique shops but is also the ideal place to pick up an ‘I love Budapest’ t-shirt and to grab a bite to eat in one of the courtyards.




HUNGARY ACCOMMODATION



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Erzsebet City Centre
ERZSEBET CITY CENTRE
★★★

There are plenty of sights within easy reach from here. The River Danube is just five minutes away on foot, as is the Central Market Hall - a three level, covered market that’s been around since the late 1800s and a great place to try some local delicacies.
Boutique Hotel Budapest
BOUTIQUE HOTEL BUDAPEST
★★★half star

A stylish hotel in a side street off Vaci Utca, this is the heart of downtown Budapest. Vaci Utca is a shopping street with two really different ends. The northern end is quite touristy, while the southern end, where the hotel is located, is quieter and feels more historic.
Continental Hotel Budapest
CONTINENTAL HOTEL BUDAPEST
★★★★

Located on the edge of the Jewish Quarter with its buzzing nightlife, you are very close to trams and buses, making it easy to explore the city from here. It is set in a beautiful old building with art deco features. It has a rooftop terrace with a pool and garden which is very popular in the summer months, plus a gym and indoor pool.
Adina Budapest
ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL BUDAPEST
★★★★
Just a short stroll from the River and only minutes from the business area, popular nightspots and the fresh food marketplace. Major attractions are also within easy reach via the metro. Return at the end of the day to your stylish apartment and take a dip in the indoor heated pool or even opt for a work out in the fully quipped fitness centre.






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