Known as the place to vacation, and offers the largest freshwater lake in Europe. Lush landscapes, thermal baths, and numerous spas also add to the attraction this spot has for visitors to Hungary.
It is a terrific place to visit. This city offers beautiful landscapes, perfect for hikes and biking through the countryside, lots of fascinating history, and there are many wineries in the area as well.
3: Horse riding
Go horse riding on the Great Plain, which is home to several famous stud farms and stages regular horse shows. Take lessons or go on an excursion with riding schools all over the country.
4: Medieval churches and cathedrals
Discover the country's remote northeast, home to tiny medieval churches and one of the country's most beautiful cathedrals, the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Mariapocs, where the iconic Black Madonna resides.
5: City Park
City Park is an excellent place to visit, and it is close to many Budapest hotels. With more than two hundred acres and numerous activities, this park is a must see for any visitor in Budapest.
This small town is known for its white wines, so it easily means visiting wine cellars and taking a sip. In addition, you can also go mountain climbing up the Bald Mountain or go fishing in the river. If you happen to be there during the last week of May, then enjoy their Wine Festival, and if its the first weekend of October, then you're in for the Harves festival.
Sopron sits close to the Austrian border and it was an important station along the Amber road crossing Europe from north to south. With foundations from Roman times, the 185 ft. high Fire Tower has become the symbol of the city. Also worth seeing are the numerous old churches, such as the Dominican and the Evangelic, a synagogue dating back to Gothic times, and former burgess houses, like the Storno and the Fabricius, and the Caesar House with its Venetian-style balcony.
8: Buda Royal Palace
The enormous building at the southern end of Castle Hill has been the royal palace, in various styles and guises, since the 14th century. It was rebuilt 400 years later and required major reconstruction work after World War II. It now houses the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the National Szechenyi Library.
9: Fishermen's Bastion
The Fishermen's Bastion is often the first stop for tourists visiting Budapest, the fairytale turrets offering an elevated vantage point from which to view the city. The minarets and walls look medieval, but they were actually built in 1902 by Frigyes Schulek to complement Matyas Church.
10: The Chain Bridge
The Chain Bridge was the first permanent link between Buda and Pest and is a fitting monument to Istvan Szechenyi - known as the Greatest Hungarian. The bridge has a British connection too: it was designed by William Tierney Clark and constructed by Adam Clark, after whom the roundabout on the Buda side is named.
11: Margaret Island
Budapest's playground, car-free Margaret Island has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing day - including sport stadium, numerous tennis courts, outdoor swimming complex, an open air theatre, Japanese and Rose gardens, early medieval ruins, two spa hotels and a beer garden.
12: St Stephen's Basilica
Named after Szent Istvan (St Stephen) founder of the Hungarian Christian state, the basilica is visible from all over Budapest. The dome, at 315 ft is the exact height as that of the Parliament, whose builders decided not to go higher.
13: Heros Square
The statues on Heroes Square are very much a who's who of Hungarian history (with the notable exception of the unpopular Habsburg monarchy, whose statues were removed and replaced) and its scale and grandeur is an indication of the pride Hungarians have for their country. Behind it, City Park offers a host of attractions of its own, including the fairy tale Vajdahunyad Castle, the Zoo and the obligatory Szechenyi Baths.
The Aquarium Terrarium opened in 1985 in the underground cellar system of 31 Munkacsy Mihaly street. The cellars today hide a modern institution providing space for some of the animals of Pecs Zoo. The terrarium displays 5 large-size and 31 smaller aquariums. The majority of the introduced 160 species are snakes, lizards, and fishes, however, some arthropedals and mammals are also on display. Numerous exotic fishes, reptilians, amphibians live in this miraculous underground world. The modern classroom serves the educational purposes.
15: Baradla Cave
Baradla Cave has tours that depart year-round. The temperature at this level is usually about 10 degrees celcius with humidity over 95%, so be sure to bring a sweater along. Tours usually include a short organ recital or some other form of music in the Concert or Giants Halls and, if the water is high enough, a boat ride on the Styx, an underground stream.
16: Hike in Hungary
Many visitors to Hungary go there to follow some of the good hiking trails through the mountains. There's no one best place, but some of the popular mountain ranges include the Matra, Zemplen, and Bukk ranges, particularly in the summer season of course.
17: Gellert Hill
Visible from almost everywhere in Budapest, Gellert Hill , with the impressive Freedom Monument on its peak, is one of the city's memorable landmarks. Gellert HillThe 14-metre monument was originally commissioned by Miklos Horthy as a memorial to his son, who died in a wartime air accident. When the Russians arrived, they replaced the propeller that the figure was originally meant to hold aloft with a palm frond to symbolize the country's liberation from the Nazis. Just beyond the monument is the Citadella, a fortress constructed by the Habsburgs following the 1848-1849 war of independence. It now houses an open-air museum chronicling the history of the hill.
18: Castle Hill
Home to what you might call Buda's 'old town' - has been a cultural and strategic focal point of the city for centuries and was also the site of over 30 sieges. The inevitable damage resulted in several episodes of rebuilding, often re-using stones from the rubble and lending to the district a fascinating mix of architectural styles. The showpieces are the spectacular Matyas Church and the Buda Royal Palace to the south. In addition, the views over Pest from the Fishermen's Bastion will take your breath away.
A favorite with British and Austrian royal households, Herend porcelain, the famous product of the town, has won 24 first prizes and gold medals at international fairs. The skills of painting are passed from father to son. The Porcelain Art Museum offers the history of the finest examples of Herend china, made entirely by hand and the china factory established in 1826. The Porcelanium where the process of manufacturing china is presented in a mini-workshop is also worth visiting.
The hill is an extinct casket-shaped volcano. Its slopes are covered with some very strange geological formations, fossilized lava columns called basalt organs as well as vineyards which produce the excellent wine of the Pauline monks called Grey Friar. One of the two hundred year old press houses is home to one of the most popular restaurant. Its terrace also offers an excellent panorama.
The twin-towered church of the Tihany peninsula is distinctly visible far and wide. The peninsula, inhabited almost a thousand years, is of volcanic origin, and has a profusion of rare plants and animals. The crypt of King Andras I, founded in 1055, survived the turbulent past and still stands in its original form. The present church was built over the crypt in the 18th century in Baroque style and has many precious wood carvings. In the Museum of the Benedictine Abbey, you can find an exhibition about ancient times. There are frequent organ concerts in the abbey church in the summertime.