Explore Hungary's diverse countryside from the mountainous north to the southern plains. Or discover relics of the country's history from Roman ruins to communist-era architecture in its villages, cities and fortified castles. Relax in curative spa baths in Budapest and sample traditional goulash - beef stew with paprika.
Flights and holidays to Hungary
Holidays in Hungary
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The capital, Budapest, was once three separate cities. Today they are areas within the city: the castle district of Buda, commercial Pest and Roman Obuda. To the south-west of the capital you'll find Lake Balaton, popular for its thermal springs. The mountainous north-east of the country is renowned for skiing, regional Tokaj wines and the UNESCO-listed Aggtelek National Park and its stalactite caves.
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Grand days out in Budapest
It’s a city of two sides – the ruined past and the dynamic present. You can see both just by lounging in a bath lit by funky modern lighting at the historical Gellért spa. Whether you want to haunt the castle district or prop up a ruin bar, Budapest has all the makings of a fantastic city break.
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Let the rhythm flow through you at the musically-inspired Aria Hotel Budapest. Sip cocktails all-year-round on the plush rooftop, as your eyes sweep across the city skyline. Looking to book for winter? No problem – book now and warm up in the serene spa. Visit ba.com/Ariahotelbudapest #budapest #ariahotelbudapest #rooftop #cityviews #luxurystays #travel #winteriscoming
Christmas Markets in 48 hours
A mid-week visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a chance to combine an indulgent city break with shopping for truly individual gifts. Travel writer Simon Heptinstall – who once drove through 12 European countries in one day – reveals five of the continent’s best cities to soak up the fairy-tale festive atmosphere.
City breaks in Hungary
Start your trip in Budapest, where the ground slopes dramatically down from Buda's Castle Hill, on one side of the River Danube, across to bustling Pest. Journey south to discover the UNESCO-listed, attractive town of Pecs, full of Roman, Early Christian and Turkish remains. Eger is one of the country's oldest towns and boasts Baroque architecture and a Turkish minaret.
Things to do in Hungary
Discover old Hungary in the UNESCO-listed Hortobágy National Park. Hike and ski in the Matra and Bukk Mountains, or enjoy Lake Balaton for its swimming, partying and spa life. Even the capital, Budapest, has rural pockets from the caves in the Buda Hills to Esztergom.
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