Currently among the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world, Hungary offers a unique amalgamation of traditional European culture and modern-day practices. Here, you can take a trip through quaint, rural villages and enjoy a thriving nightlife in Budapest, both within a distance of a few miles. With a capital city regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world, Hungary is home to several World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere reserves and the second largest thermal lake in the world. Hungary also has the largest synagogue in Europe (Great Synagogue) and the third largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica). It is an ideal place for a fun and kicked-back vacation.
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April - September is the best time to visit Hungary
Northern Hungary is home to the greatest historical towns and cave baths in the country. Central Hungary houses the capital city of Budapest and is thus, the most visited part of the country. The area surrounding the Lake Balaton is a popular tourist destination, famous for serene rural regions, vineyards and bustling towns. Transdanubia lies to the west of the Danube and is one of the most economically developed parts of the country. The Great Hungarian Plain is an isolated section as tourists are scarce; its geography varies from flat to rolling plains.
Cheap for Europe. Great parties. Ruin pubs and thermal baths. Amazing festivals. Unique food and beverages.
Slightly conservative citizens. Significant language barriers.
Hostels are very cheap with youth hostels charging between EUR 6 - EUR 10, and regular hostels charging EUR 20 - EUR 22 per person. Camping grounds are available for rent at low prices. Farmhouses are also available on rent thanks to growing village tourism. 1hungary.com, Association of Rural and Agrotourism and Centre of Rural Tourism are good places to look for farmhouses. Most of these websites are in Hungarian, but you can make do by using translation tools online. Rural houses near Budapest are also available for rent, such as the Wild Grape Guesthouse near Budapest.
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