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.
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.
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.
Gasp at csikosok cowboys and their bareback riding skills in the Puszta plains around Kecskemet city. 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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