Top 5 places to visit in Hungary

Hungary's rolling hills and winding rivers pass many beautiful sights and cities. It is surprising that a relatively small country can encompass such wildly different regions and cultures. Here we share the most popular places to give you a real overview of the country.

Budapest
The many-faceted city of Budapest is not only the seat of government bud also the heart of the country's culture and a repository of history. Buda Castle Hill is the site of numerous sieges, but today houses museums and galleries. From its scenic Fisherman's Bastion, you can enjoy impressive views of the Danube River and the beautiful neo-gothic Parliament building. Other famous sights include Heroes' Square, St Stephen's Basilica, Andrássy Avenue and the great Synagogue.

Budapest - Royal Palace and Chain Bridge

Balaton
This beautiful, natural Lake lies just 100km from the capital. It spans about 77km in length, is crisscrossed by ferries and sailing boats and is surrounded by a 200km cycle path. This is a favourite destination for holidaymakers and many city-dwelling Hungarians rent a cottage by the lake for a week or so in the summer. Grapes grow well on the hills around the lake, and so a string of wine-producing regions also adjoin the lake.

Balaton

Puszta
Enjoy restful vistas of the endless grassy plains spread across this national park in the middle of the Carpathian basin, dotted with indigenous Grey Cattle and spiral-horned Rácz sheep. There is plenty of excitement here too though; be prepared also for the thrilling displays of skills of Hungarian Horsemen and the fiery taste of spicy Goulash soup that national dish that originated  from this area. 

Hortobágy

Lake Hévíz
This 4.4 Hectare natural lake, is one of the largest warm-water lakes in the world. Water welling up from deep underground circulates through the lake, renewing the water every 72 hours, while still keeping a great temperature for comfortable bathing. Though it reaches 35 °C in summertime, it never drops below 22 °C, even in the depths of winter. Check into the adjoining clinic for a large range of water-related treatments, or try a medicinal mud-bath!

Lake Hévíz

Hollókő
The name of this peaceful village in the Bukk mountains, means "Raven-stone", possibly after a folk-tale involving demons disguised as ravens. The 67 protected buildings are a faithful representation of the habitations of the Palóc people in the 17th Century. Visitors today can enjoy traditional food and drink as well as seeing authentic handicraft brought to life before their eyes!

Hollókő