Holidays to Hungary
There are an estimated 1,000 natural springs running below its surface, and periods of Roman and Ottoman occupation have sculpted a popular spa culture.
Many bath houses are based in Budapest, the country’s elegant capital, where art nouveau buildings, baroque churches and hip bars sit either side of the Danube river.
All over Hungary, castles pepper the landscape, ranging from medieval ramparts to neoclassical turrets, and a strong folk heritage thrives in many small villages. Topographically diverse national parks host a plethora of wildlife and various hiking trails pave the way for outdoor pursuits.
Home to more thermal and medicinal spas than any other city in the world, Budapest is ideal for a restorative break
Where to go
Home to more thermal and medicinal spas than any other city in the world, Budapest is ideally suited for a restorative break. A product of two parts, the capital is split into Buda, where the Hapsburg Palace evokes an air of imperial wealth, and Pest, the trendy section packed with cool bars and cafes.
So big it’s often referred to as the Hungarian sea, summer resort destination Lake Balaton sits in the west of the country; at its western end, Lake Heviz is the largest biologically-active thermal lake in the world.
Spanning half the country, the Great Plain is a key horse-riding region and home to the Hortobágy National Park, a grassland habitat for numerous bird species. Aggtelek National Park, in the north, features a system of stalactite caves.
When to go
During spring, Hungary’s countryside blooms with flowers, and in autumn it shimmers in shades of red and orange. During this period, the harvest season is also in full swing in wine-growing regions Eger and Tokaj.
While summers are best spent at lakeside resorts, Budapest is beautiful year-round.