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  • Budapest: Budapest ranks among the world’s most romantic and entertaining capitals. Nicknamed the „Paris of the East”,  it is a place of broad boulevards and green parks, lively cafés, top class music venues, unique churches, just to mention a few characteristics. The city is divided into two parts by the River Danube, which is spanned by several elegant bridges. Budapest itself is included on the UNESCO list; its place is secured in recognition of the importance and beauty of the medieval Buda Castle quarter, the romantic Danube river view  at the city’s heart and the Andrassy boulevard.

  • Wine: There are about fifteen smaller and six major wine regions in Hungary. From the Mediterranean feeling of red wines from Villany to the famous Tokaj dessert wine which was declared by Louis XIV “the wine of kings, the king of wines” you can find all sorts. What all quality wines equal is the unmistakable Hungarian taste thanks to volcanic soil in most cases and that the summer nights in Hungary are cooler than those in most renowned Mediterranean countries; this way important fragrances and fruity tones do not “burn out” from grapes. Take a tasting or go on a tour through the innumerable romantic wine cellars or atmospheric wine villages surrounding the wine regions.

  • Lake Balaton: This is the largest lake in Central Europe, by Hungarians it is often called “the Hungarian sea” where there are abundant opportunities to have a bit of splash, swim or sail, or also to skate in the winter. The southern side is a lively haven for families and youngsters with shallow bathing areas and the main concentration of bars and night clubs. The north part is quieter and attracts those interested in cultural pursuits: visiting the Abbey of Tihany, the magnificent baroque castle at Keszthely or the vineyards at Badacsony wine region. We would also recommend you not to miss out on one of the famous fish dishes prepared from freshly caught chub, pike or catfish from the lake.

  • Hungarian Castle/Hungarian cowboy: The natural, cultural and historical riches to be experienced in Hungary are reflected in its high concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Hortobagy National Park in the Great Plains is the home of the Hungarian cowboy. It is understandably associated with flat grassland, or puszta, but it also contains marshlands and forests. A huge number of migrating birds stop here to feed and rest. You can see ancient breeds of cattle, called the “grey cattle” or “longhorn” and catch breathtaking demonstrations of horsemanship as brave herders ride five horses at the same time.

  • Thermal water/Liquid therapy: The country is blessed with an abundance of natural thermal springs, which emerge at a temperature starting from 30°C/86°F and are full of salts and minerals. These springs have supported a bathing culture since Roman times. Budapest itself has more thermal baths than any other world capital. Two of the grandest bathing complexes – the Szechenyi and the Gellert – date from the turn of the 20th century, while there are also atmospheric ones built for example during the Turkish period in the 17th century. Beyond the capital some of the bathing treats offer a truly unique experience. The world’s largest natural thermal lake suitable for bathing is located in Heviz, only a few miles from the Lake Balaton. Because the water temperature never drops below 26°C/79°F – even in the depths of winter – you can enjoy a swim or dip here at any time of the year. Another evocative spot can be found in Miskolc - Tapolca where you can swim in the cave’s crystal - clear waters.

  • Horse-riding: Hungary has a proud equestrian tradition – the original Magyar tribes arrived on horseback from the east – and there are still many opportunities to explore the countryside on four hooves. There are horse farms all over the country catering for all levels of riders and in many places there is possibility to ride in horse - drawn carriages. Two of the well known horse – riding strongholds are Hortobagy on the the Great Plains the home of the “Hungarian cowboys” and Babolna with its world famous racehorse stock-farm.

  • Tokaji Aszu: It is the world – famous desert wine from Hungary. Tokaji is the name of wines from the Tokaj-Hegyalja region in Hungary. The region is noted for its sweet wines made from grapes affected by noble rot and harvested relatively late in October until the first morning freeze helps to make to wines even more unique.

  • Pálinka: this famous specialty is produced throughout Hungary and the neighbouring Hungarian enclaves of Transylvania. Pálinka is the generic name for fiery brandy traditionally destilled by peasants from different types of home – grown fruits, mainly plums, apricots, pears or cherry. The best ones are the home – made ones, between 45-50% alc.


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