Holiday in Hungary
Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world, with a capital regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy). In terms of buildings, Hungary is home to the largest synagogue in Europe (Great Synagogue), the largest medicinal bath in Europe (Széchenyi Medicinal Bath), the third largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica), the second largest territorial abbey in the world (Pannonhalma Archabbey), the second largest Baroque castle in the world (Gödöllő), and the largest Early Christian Necropolis outside Italy (Pécs).
The country offers many diverse destinations: relatively low mountains in the north-west, the Great Plain in the east, lakes and rivers of all sorts (including Balaton - the largest lake in Central Europe), and many beautiful small villages and hidden gems of cities. Top this off with Hungary's great accessibility in the middle of Europe, a vivid culture and economy, and you get a destination absolutely not worth missing if you're in the region.
Budapest - the capital.
Debrecen - the second largest city in the country.
Eger - famous for its baroque buildings, castle and wines, especially Bull's Blood (Bikavér).
Esztergom - The first capital, the seat of Constitutional court and the Roman catholic Church of Hungary, home of the biggest church in Central Europe.
Kecskemét - a town famous for its vibrant music scene, plum brandy, and Art Nouveau architecture.
Miskolc - with the unique cave bath in Miskolc-Tapolca, the third largest city in the coutry, located near the Bükk hills.
Nyíregyháza - a small city with a busy water resort, museum village, and annual autumn festival.
Pécs - a pleasant cultural centre and university town
Szeged - the sunniest city in Hungary.
Székesfehérvár - Former royal seat, currently famous for its baroque architecture and museums.
Szombathely - Former Roman colony, Centre of Western Danubia and county Vas.
Aggtelek - beautiful caves with dripstones and stalagmites
Bükk - a section of the Carpathian Mountain range
Gödöllő a town east of Budapest most famous for its former royal palace.
Hollókő - a beautiful old preserved village
Lake Balaton - the major lake of Hungary and the biggest lake in Central Europe
Tokaj - a famous wine town producing high quality white wines
Salgótarján a modern mining town situated in the hills with two castle ruins.
Siófok popular holiday resort at Lake Balaton.
Szentendre - picturesque town on the Danube just north of Budapest
Szépasszonyvölgy - another great place for wine tasting in Eger
Vác a small town on the Danube bend with several churches and lots of baroque architecture.
Temperatures in Hungary vary from -20°C to 39°C through the year. Distribution and frequency of rainfall are unpredictable due to the continental clime of the country. Heavy storms are frequent after hot summer days, and so do more days long still rainfalls in the Autumn. The western part of the country usually receives more rain than the eastern part, and severe droughts may occur in summertime. Weather conditions in the Great Plain can be especially harsh, with hot summers, cold winters, and scant rainfall.
Hungary has several World Heritage sites. These are:
Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.
Baroque town and castle of Eger.
Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings.
Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst.
Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment.
Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta.
Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae).
Fertő/Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape.
Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape.
Other major tourist destination is Lake Balaton, with winehills, thermal spa in Hévíz around.
There are also some amazing things to see.
Tiszavirágzás. In mid-June the Tisza produces swarms of mayflies which are likened to flowers. Once decimated by pollution, the population is rebounding. (They're famous for living only for 1-2 days.)
Thermal waters abound in Hungary with over 1000 thermal springs in the country many of which have been turned into baths and spas. The most famous being the Szechenyi baths in Budapest. There are, however, hundreds of individual baths all around the country. The cave baths at Miskolc-Tapolca and the spa at Egerszalók are some nice examples.
Since English is now obligatory in schools, if you address people in their twenties, possibly carrying a schoolbag, you stand a good chance that they will speak English well enough to help you out.
However, due to Hungary's history, the older generation had less access to foreign language tuition, so your chances are worse. A minority of Hungarians speaks Russian, which was obligatory in the Communist era (although most Hungarians are quite happy to forget it) so try it only as a last resort. German is understood in areas frequented by German tourists (mostly near lake Balaton and the west, around Sopron) and partly because of Hungary's historical ties to Austria and later with East Germany.
Basically, in Hungary, you will have a much better chance finding someone speaking a foreign language in larger cities, especially in those with universities such as Budapest, Szeged, Pécs, and Debrecen. In rural areas the chance is rather low.
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