Beautiful cityscapes, quaint villages, and breathtaking scenery: this aptly describes the tiny nation of Hungary. The country is well-known for its collection of Roman ruins, medieval towns, baroque churches, and neo-classical buildings. The capital city of Budapest is an architectural gem, closely followed by cities like Szeged, Kecskemét, Debrecen, and Sopron. A plethora of thermal springs is another popular feature of Hungary. These were patronized not just by your average tourist, but also by the ancient Romans and Turks.
When to visit Hungary
Hungary experiences a typical European continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters. The temperature in summer can rise to as high as 35 °C. Most people tend to visit Budapest in the summer, from June to August. However, if you wish to avoid the tourist rush, you can visit in spring, from March to May, and in autumn, from September to November.
How to reach Hungary
Flights to Hungary from most international destinations land at the international aerodrome in Budapest. Being a popular tourist destination, there are frequent flights to Budapest from major cities in the world. More than 80 weekly flights are available from New Delhi to Budapest, whereas there are nearly 100 flights to Budapest from Mumbai. Air France
, Emirates, Qatar Airways>
, Jet Airways, British Airways
, and Etihad Airways
are the top airlines operating from Indian cities to Budapest.
Where to stay in Hungary
Budget-friendly hostels, boutique hotels, and comfy guesthouses; when it comes to options in accommodation, the variety in Hungary is huge. The capital city of Budapest offers a myriad of options to visitors in the form of hostels, private rooms on grand estates, vintage hotels, Bed & Breakfast guesthouses as well as 5-star hotels. The prices start from as low as INR 700 to above INR 37,000. Camping out, backpacking hostels, homestays, and paying-guest accommodations are the options you can try while in smaller towns or villages.
Places to visit in Hungary
The capital city, Budapest, can be compared to the cities like Paris and Prague. With a legacy that can be traced back to the Stone Age, the city stands proud on the banks of the river Danube. Budapest is famous for its numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and thermal springs. Castle Hills, Gellert Hill, Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum, Parliament Building, the Danube Promenade, Millennium Monument, City Woodland Park, and Margaret Island are some of the iconic landmarks of this city.
Lake Heviz, the largest biologically active thermal lake in Europe, Tihany on Lake Balaton, the Caves of Lillafured, Sopron, Eger Castle, Pecs, and Visegrad Royal Palace are some of the other most-visited sites and places in Hungary.
Shopping in Hungary
There are many interesting and curious artifacts that you can bring back from Hungary. Some of these sought-after items include Folqa figurines, embroidered porcelain, textile jewelry, folk dolls, homeware accessories, and paprika.
Eating out in Hungary
Hungarian cuisine is an extravaganza of flavors and is an important part of the cultural heritage of the country. Some of the popular dishes in Hungary are Goulash, Halaszle (Fisherman’s soup), Langos, Fozelek, Somloi Galuska, and Dobos Torte.
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