Overview of Hungary

 

Hungary is one of Eastern Europe's most attractive and varied destinations, offering countless opportunities for sightseeing and a wide choice of excellent accommodation. History, culture, cuisine and natural beauty combine to make a luxury holiday in Hungary quite unique, and one which will linger long in the memory.

Most adventures in Hungary begin in cosmopolitan Budapest. Here you will find one of the world's most beautiful cities, with historic architecture in abundance, a huge choice of chic bars and fine dining opportunities, together with a world-renowned programme of operatic and musical events. It is a city of culture and of astounding grace with the wide, romantic Danube flowing through its very heart.

Perhaps one of the strangest attractions in Budapest is Momento Park. Here hundreds of heroic statues of the Communist era were banished to sit in all their monumental grandeur, faintly ridiculous now they are uprooted from their original context – in what now seems another place as well as another time.

You can enjoy a luxurious treatment at Budapest's famed spa baths, or take a short trip out of the city to Szentendre, renowned for its excellent shopping opportunities. Alternatively, visit the old university town of Keszthely, where you can relax in quaint streets lined with trees, busy market stalls and atmospheric cafés.

Outside of its capital city, Hungary has a great deal to offer amid its plains, rolling hills and rivers, lakes and vineyards.  Visit Hévíz and soak in the world's second largest thermal lake, Gyógytó. The baroque town of Eger is famed for its fine wines, Lake Balaton for the luxury resorts that surround its waters. You must see the historical riverside villages that sit prettily along the Danube Bend, and will be drawn to the commanding fortresses, castles and palaces that bear witness to the turbulent history of a country that is now endlessly inviting.

Relatively small and completely landlocked, Hungary shares its borders with no less than seven neighbouring countries – Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Ukraine – making it an ideal base from which to explore the rest of this Eastern European region.

Climate

Hungary's climate is mild and it is best visited during summer, when the weather is warmer and the attractions are all open.

July and August are the warmest months of the year, averaging a pleasant 21 degrees Celsius (71 degrees Fahrenheit). The weather in spring and autumn can also be very pleasant, but average temperatures in the winter months of December to February hover around freezing point.

Language

Hungarian is the official language but German is also widely spoken, with English commonly used in tourist areas and most hotels.

Passport Visa

Hungary is a member of the European Union. All visitors to Hungary, other than EEA members, should ensure that their passports are valid for at least six months, be in possession of a return/onward ticket and hold sufficient funds for their stay. You may need a Schengen visa (short stay visa) to stay in the country for more than 90 days.

Please check rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Safety

Most visits to Hungary are trouble-free, but the usual precautions against petty crime should still be taken.

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