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Discover Hungary, a country that boasts one of Europe’s most exquisite cities, one of the most beguiling stretches of its greatest river, and one of the largest and warmest of its lakes – all within a couple of hours of each other.
Take a tour of Hungary and discover a beautiful, landlocked country filled with stunning architecture and majestic sights, right in the heart of Europe.
Consisting of two very distinct halves – the twin cities of Buda and Pest – Hungary’s capital, Budapest, Pearl of the Danube, is among Europe’s most sparkling jewels, an incredible reflection of the proud history of the Magyar people. One half is a panoramic hillside dotted with opulent buildings; the other is a vibrant hub, full of hip bars, restaurants, museums, galleries and some of the city’s most popular thermal baths
Just upriver from the capital, lies the spectacularly scenic Danube Bend, where the great river carves and twists its way through the wooded hills as it flows towards Budapest. Here, the Baroque town of Szentendre is a town of art and culture, with a maze of colourful houses and artists’ studios, museums and galleries. Further north, lies Esztergom, dominated by the 100m high dome of its great basilica, while the medieval castle town of Visegrád, overlooked by the ramparts of its great citadel, lies halfway between the two. Visit the ruins of the former Royal Palace, perhaps climb to the lofty perch of the citadel and take in the atmosphere of this small town.
If you find yourself in need of a break from the bustle of Budapest and its neighbouring riverside cities during your trip to Hungary, take the opportunity to unwind on the shores of Lake Balaton, whose shoreline serves as Hungary’s substitute coast, with resorts and pleasure beaches to match. The surrounding area boasts secluded villages, pretty palaces, vineyards and even the world’s largest porcelain factory, at Herend.