Holidays to Hungary

Holidays to Hungary

With a language related to Finland's but unlike those of any of its neighbours, Hungary is a culturally isolated country that fascinates because of its unique development. It has absorbed the best of every foreign country with which it has come into contact, from the Romans to the Turks. It's a land of gentle, rolling hills, beautiful cities and striking, isolated architectural follies. You'll find ancient Roman ruins in the middle of the countryside and baroque churches towering over villages that still look much as they must have in medieval times. Beyond the vineyards, broad bridges span the Danube, and Hungary's cities reveal their charms.

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Hungary Activities

Hungary is famous for its spas so make sure you make time to enjoy them. They come in manifold forms, from the marble-tiled Roman bathhouses still used today to chic modern establishments with a profusion of small, private pools. They're ideal for relaxing in after you've been out exploring the country by bike or on horseback. Hungarians love horses and if you share that passion then you'll also enjoy the country's many equestrian shows. The best way to tour Budapest is on foot, and the castle district there is a must, but you might also consider an evening cruise which lets you admire the city's palaces as you dine on fine food whilst drifting down the Danube.

Hungary Food & Drink

Food in Hungary is something of a national pastime. The country has a strong and distinctive culinary tradition with ancient roots. It's famous for its use of paprika but you'll also find lots of caraway, onion, horseradish, black pepper and coriander. Many dishes mix pork and beef or beef and mutton, and the use of game is common - about a fifth of Hungary is forested and hunting is a popular sport. You'll see lots of stews including the traditional 'goulash', casseroles and sausages on restaurant menus, often served with potatoes or dumplings, and stuffed pancakes are used for both main courses and desserts. Look out for hot fish soup, cold fruit soups (often deliciously sour), and tart, strongly flavoured cheeses.

Hungary Attractions

If you enjoy sweet food, you mustn't miss the cake shops of Budapest, which are filled to the brim with delicious dishes you are unlikely to have tried before. The famous city is full of fascinating places to explore but nearby Szentendre, Visegrád and Esztergom also deserve attention, with beautiful buildings, bustling markets and fascinating craft shops of all kinds. Outside the cities, visit Lake Balaton, the 'Hungarian Sea', for sunbathing, swimming, sailing and even windsurfing - and to see how Hungarians get into the holiday spirit.

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