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Travel Guide to Hungary 

Hungary has a great deal to offer the visitor; the river Danube flows through the capital Budapest. In the east is the Great Hungarian Plain with miles of unspoilt countryside. Lake Balaton near the centre of the country is one of the largest in Europe. 

Places to visit in Hungary

Budapest - see separate page Budapest

 

Pecs - is a small city in southern Hungary on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains close to the border with Croatia. Pecs can trace its history back to Roman times and has been occupied by the Mongols and the Ottomans who stayed for over a century. After World War II the Soviet Union took control until 1990 when Hungary became independent. The result is that the city is an eclectic mix of many cultures which have influenced it - this has resulted in the city being named a European Cultural capital in 2010. Sights to see include the Széchenyi Square, the Mosque Church on the main square; Basilica of St Peter; Hungarian Art Gallery; and the Hungarian Natural History museum.

Szentendre - lies 20 km north of Budapest on the banks of the River Danube and is a popular day trip for visitors. The town is picturesque with traditional houses lining the cobbled streets; it is home to many artists and craftsmen. Be sure to visit the open air Ethnographic Museum with full size wooden buildings from the past; Blagovestenska Church dating from 1752. 

Visegrad - is also situated on the banks of the River Danube near the border with Slovakia. It is famous as the location of the former Royal Palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, now a ruin and also a 13th century fortress which is now also a ruin. However the ruined castle perched on a hilltop is worth a visit and offers spectacular veiws of the surrounding countryside. 

Pannonhalma Abbey - located in north west Hungary near the city of Gyor, the abbey is one of the most notable historic buildings in Hungary. It was founded in 996 by the Benedictine order and around 50 monks still occupy the large building. The abbey complex is situated on a hill top and consists of several adjoining buildings including a basilica, cloisters, a large library and refectory. Guided tours are available in different languages on a daily basis.

 

                          Hungary - Pecs centre                   Pannonhalma Abbey Hungary 

                                                Pecs                                                                                Pannonhalma Abbey 

 

National Parks - Hungary has ten national parks scattered across the country. 

Lake Balaton - in the Transdanubian region of Hungary; often referred to as the Hungarian Sea; popular for swimming, sailing, sunbathing and cycling. There are various resort towns along the lake shore but the most popular is Siofok, which is very lively in the summer months. 

                                       River Zagyva area River Zagyva area

                                                                      

Eger - a small town in northern Hungary is best known for its castle, thermal baths, baroque buildings - including a Turkish minaret, and if that wasn't enough try the famous local wine - Bull's Blood! 

 

Food and Drink

The most famous Hungarian dish is probably Goulash, another favourite is Fisherman's Soup or Halászlé also popular is Chicken Paprikash. For sweet there is the moreish Dobos Torte it is a five-layer sponge cake, layered with chocolate buttercream and topped with thin caramel slices - yummy! Then there are Strudels filled with apples, cherries or plums. 

To drink you could try Palinka, a fruit brandy or try Tokaji wine, a sweet white; or Villány and Szekszárd, which are full bodied reds. Hungary also produces some very good beers - which you can discover yourselves! 

 

 
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