A land-locked country in the heart of Europe, Hungary is mix of culture and countryside. Even though there isn’t a coastline, you can still enjoy a summer on the beach. Home to Europe’s largest lake, Hungary has fostered a beach culture in its heartland. Golden beaches play host to water sports, beach parties and music festivals through the hottest months. Away from the lake you can take to the healing waters of Hungary’s spa towns. Warming thermal waters soothe away aches and pains - with some waters even rumoured to have other medicinal benefits. The capital Budapest brings a heavy dose of culture to Hungary’s deck of winning holiday cards. River cruises on the Danube, stunning architecture across the country, and a culture rich with tradition make this a European break full of sights and surprises. Budapest’s strong gastronomic offerings alongside the chic bars and restaurants are ideal for a city break.
Despite being steeped in heritage and history there’s a buzzing nightlife scene across Hungary. Lake Heviz is quickly becoming a party capital with beach festivals to rival anything Ibiza can host.
The sun-filled summers make a Hungary holiday ideal for topping up a tan by the lake or wandering through the capital and soaking up the culture. If the winter temperatures are too chilly, the toasty thermal spas are the perfect pick me up - alongside a warming bowl of goulash. No matter how you choose to explore this fascinating country, we think you’ll love Hungary as much as we do.
Hungary’s capital sits astride the famous river Danube. Once two separate cities, the two sides have retained their different personalities. On one side you’ll find heritage and history, the other a bustling set of cosmopolitan streets. Budapest is a city where you can explore excellent museums, marvel at fantastic architecture and take a gastronomic tour of the foodie spots and coffee culture scene.Heviz
Hungary prides itself on its spa culture, but nothing compares to the wonder of Lake Heviz. The largest naturally thermal lake in the world, the waters maintain a toasty temperature year-round. Hot and cold springs pour from a cave at the surface keeping the waters both warm and clean. Ideal for a relaxing swim, it’s thought the waters have healing properties too. Surrounded by a conservation area, the town of Heviz is a must see for spa fans and nature lovers.Siófok
Hungary might be a land-locked country, but Siófok still manages to provide some golden beaches. Sat on the shores of Lake Balaton - Europe’s biggest lake - this town is a haven for sun and sand lovers. Fast becoming a party destination to rival Ibiza, summers here see music festivals hit the beach and water sports hit the lake.
Exploring HungarySail the Danube
Set sail on a fantastic river cruise on Hungary’s famous ‘Blue Danube’. A slow and steady voyage will see you relax and unwind as you take in the sights from the water. Cruise under Budapest’s eight famous bridges and enjoy the panoramic views. Depending on which boat you join you may be able to stop off along the way and explore various locations along the winding river.Dip into Hungary’s spa culture
Hungary has no shortage of places to enjoy a relaxing swim or soak in a thermal spa. From the naturally thermal lake at Heviz to countless hotels, spa towns and thermal water baths, your options are endless. Go chic and upscale and book in at a modern spa and pamper yourself or opt for nature’s healing waters to rejuvenate body and mind.Explore a thousand caves
Explorers of all ages will want to head to this cave network in the north. Straddling the border with Slovakia and deep in the Aggtelek National Park there’s a huge network of caves. This UNESCO World Heritage site has over 1,000 caves to enjoy. Guided walks take you through the best of the caves, with new sites being opened and added all the time. The fairy-tale scene of stalactites and stalagmites is unforgettable in the Baradla Cave, the largest in the network.Take a trip to the House of Terror
This museum charts the history of Hungary’s Nazi and Communist regimes. Hundreds died during this time and you’ll see several memorials dotted around Budapest. As well as showing what life was like for Hungarians during these dark years, the museum itself has become a monument to those who lost their lives.
Hungary’s food serves up a melting pot of various European cuisines. Its dishes have a dash of German, Italian and Eastern Europe influence alongside a hearty helping of Hungarian ingredients. Goulash, perhaps the country’s most famous dish, is a stew. Traditionally cooked over an open fire, this meal represents a time when the Hungarians were nomads cooking on the move. Now a rustic and flavourful dish, you can’t holiday here without trying some.Hungary restaurants
While some of the best restaurants can be found in the country’s capital, Budapest, the best eats are in the city’s market. A vast building is home to the Great Market Hall where stalls are piled high with local produce. Pick up ingredients for a picnic or head upstairs for a no-frills meal. Try the street food options on the stalls for a snack on the go. We recommend the lángos - a deep fried bread served with cheese and sour cream.
Hungary holidays are made for every type of holidaymaker. With cultural breaks to Budapest and party pilgrimages to Siófok as well as world-renowned cuisine, stunning architecture and the Danube, this is a beautiful and diverse place to visit year-round.
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