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Top 10 Best Places in Hungary

Hungary a countries in Europe which is popular among travelers and tourists. They love to come there for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful cities that offered by the country. Tourist season in Hungary happens from April through October and the best tourist months are July and August. Most of the tourists are visitors from Austria, Germany, and Slovakia. One of the popular destinations is Budapest, the capital of Hungary. But it’s not only about Budapest — Hungary also has other many destinations worth visiting. Here are 10 best places in Hungary that can be added to your itinerary.

1. Hortobagy National Park


Located in eastern Hungary, Hortobagy National Park was established in 1973 as Hungary’s first national park. It is also the largest protected area in Hungary and the largest semi-natural grassland in Europe. This national park is formed by natural habitats, alkaline grasslands, meadows, marshes, and fishponds. The marshes and fishponds are a bird nesting habitat. If you visit this place in October, you can see ten of thousands of cranes fly above the grasslands to their overnight roosting places. There are inns located 10-12 km apart along the commercial roads crossing the plains. Tourists could rest and taste the excellent herdsmen’s dishes in there. For exploring the national park, there are bike rental and cart rides that are offered inside the area.

 

2. Heviz


Heviz is famous for its thermal lake, named Lake Heviz. Known as the world’s second-largest thermal lake, the temperature of the lake is affected by the combination of hot and cold spring waters. It is a great place to visit and relax. The good thing is that you can enjoy the warm water throughout the year, even in the winter. After enjoying the lake,  visit the Heviz Market where you can taste the local food and buy some souvenirs. Many sellers offer local food products such as cheese, cakes, and fresh bread.

 

3. Lake Balaton


Known as the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, Lake Balaton is one of the famous tourist destinations in Hungary. People also referred this lake as “Hungarian Sea” since the country is landlocked. You can enjoy and relax at some resorts around the lake. Some of them have created artificial sandy beaches which cover the grass.  Other attractions are sailing, fishing, and some water sports. There is a town on the southern side of Lake Balaton named Siofok. This town is known for being the party town of the lake. You can take the boats for visiting this town through Lake Balaton. In the north coast, you can visit the countryside and hills. It is famous for the wineries.

 

4. Pecs


Pecs is the fifth-largest city in Hungary. Because of it is located on the slopes of the Mecsek Mountains, this city offers a mild climate which makes tourists love to explore the city. The main attractions are magnificent museums and beautiful buildings. One of them is Pecs Cathedral which has beautiful architecture both inside and outside. Another one is Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kassim, which you can easily find in the main square. This building has an interesting combination of old Turkish religious building with Christian church inside. It was a mosque which today has become a Catholic church.

 

5. Eger


Eger is known as the second largest city in Northern Hungary and founded in the 10th century by St. Stephen, the first Hungarian King. Eiger is famous for its castle, historical buildings, and red wines. Usually, tourists come here for a single day,  not staying overnight. The popular destinations in this city are Eger Castle, Baroque and Neo-Classicist Styles, and Eger Wine Region. There are a lot of buildings that have magnificent architecture with interesting historical backgrounds. For those who are red wine lovers, visiting Eger is a must. There is a valley south of the city named Szépasszony-völgy which has many wine cellars and wine tasting is offered in several locations.

 

6. Aggtelek National Park


Aggetelek National Park was named  a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and is located in the Aggtelek Karst. In this place, you can visit the largest stalactite cave of Europe, called Baradla Cave. Acoustic and lighting shows are part of the attraction when visiting the cave. Not only concerts: you can also organize your wedding in this cave! Another thing that you can do around the cave is hiking trails. In the cave entrance, there is a large playground, so don’t worry if you are traveling with your kids. Numerous souvenirs stalls and restaurants also can be found around the cave. The restaurants will offer you delicious Hungarian meals.

 

7. Sopron


Sopron is a city located near the western borders of Hungary. People from this city are famous for their hospitality and loyalty to their hometown. It is symbolized by the ‘Gate of Faith’. The ‘Gate of Faith’ situated on the southern side of the Firewatch Tower which is the symbol of the city. Go up the tower and you will see the beautiful view of Sopron. Another thing that you can do here is visiting Holy Trinity Statuem which is located in the center of the town and surrounded by several beautiful buildings. It can be a good place to take a break after walking around the city and enjoying the ambiance.

 

8. Debrecen


In the 18th century, Debrecen was the largest Hungarian city, but now it is the second largest city after Budapest. The top attractions are Kossuth Square and Big Reformed Church, Reformed College, Déri Museum, Big Forest and Aquaticum Mediterranean Spa & Water Park, and Main Building of University Debrecen. There are also frequent street festivals that attract visitors during the summer. For those who love to see a cowboy show, make sure to take a trip to the puszta and enjoy the show.

 

9. Budapest


Budapest is the largest city of Hungary and is referred as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This city offers a lot of buildings with magnificent architecture such as Parliament, Great Synagogue, Basilica of St. Stephen, and Hungarian National Museum. Many choices of city tour are offered here. You can choose between doing city tour by waterbus, cruise, bus, or maybe just walk around the city.  The best place to enjoy the view of Budapest is Fishermen’s Bastion. This place is one of the favorite parts of the city.

 

10. Gyor


Gyor is located between Budapest and Vienna and offers beautiful old buildings. The main attraction is Gyor Old Town Area, where you can walk around and see beautiful old architechture. The other famous buildings are Pannonhalma Abbey and Benedictine Church. If you want to shop or go to restaurants, you can go to Gyor Plaza. It is a lovely little Plaza with many restaurants and friendly atmosphere.

 

 

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Originally posted 2017-03-31 05:54:23.

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