Three great places to see in Hungary
Eastern Europe has some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes, lakes and cities that provide a stunning backdrop to the kind of break where you can enjoy gentle guided walks or more challenging hikes. Countries like Romania have some of the most magnificent medieval architecture and a history steeped in folklore and legends (it is after all the inspiration for the classic story of Dracula.) It also has dramatic scenery and landscapes you will fall in love with. Poland has the impressive Tatra Mountain Range, which forms a natural border with Slovakia and provides hikes and walks for all levels of ability.
But today we want to take you to Hungary, heaven for those looking for a walking holiday that offers mountains and fairytale castles in abundance. Here’s our top 3 ideas on where to go in this vibrant country.
1. Budapest - The capital city is famous for its river – The Danube. The central area of the city along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has many notable monuments, most prominent of which is the Hungarian Parliament, the largest building in Hungary and third largest in the world, with spectacular ornamental décor both inside and out.
Other favourites are Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, Gresham Palace, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the Gothic style Matthias Church, and the Liberty Statue. A walk up Gellert Hill will reward your efforts with an outstanding panorama of the city. And when you descend into the city again you can relax in one of the welcoming spas - the city has a dozen of them.
Reclining in the warm healing water of a thermal spa is a great way to soothe your aching body at the end of an energetic day of walking.The city also has some incredible street food, from Hungarian style pizza to spicy sausages, topping you up with enough fuel for your next adventure.
Try the langos, a deep fried flat bread topped with delicious goodies like ham or sausage or eat it like the locals with sour cream, cheese and a little garlic.Or why not treat yourself to dinner on a river boat and take in the night time atmosphere of Budapest whist sipping champagne.
2. Visegrad - A hike up the mountains overlooking this historic citadel promises panoramic views of the area known as the Danube Bend. The countryside around the town is perfect for picnics and taking a well-earned rest from your walking efforts.
In the evenings you can experience a Renaissance style feast then watch knights in shining armour perform for your pleasure, showing off their skills in combat. The town is particularly beautiful during Christmas and New Year when fairy lights twinkle, and the smell of cinnamon and mulled wine fills the air.
3. Szentendre - has been the home of many generations of Hungarian artists since the early 20th century.
It’s rich cultural heritage is found in its museums and art galleries, particularly the open air Ethnographic Museum which shows how the village was influenced by its historic residents including Serbians and Dalmatians. Boutique shops sell traditional and contemporary paintings and ceramics, so you won’t be stuck finding a special souvenir to remind you of your trip to this little gem of a town.
The beauty of all these destinations is that you are never very far from some of the most picturesque walks and hikes, making Eastern Europe a perfect place to visit if you like to get active on your holiday.
If you’d like information or advice on holidays to Eastern Europe, please get in touch, as we have a wealth of knowledge to share with you and some wonderful trips planned.