Trips to the Countryside

Adventure outside of Budapest and you'll find that the countryside in Hungary is just as impressive as its capital city. While it may not have the excitement and lure of the bustling downtown, Hungary's countryside holds many scenic destinations filled with outdoor attractions and natural beauty. There's Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe; Lake Hévíz, the second largest thermal lake in the world; Hortobágy, the largest natural grassland in Europe; and much more.

Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton

A favorite tourist destination, Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Europe. Millions of people come here every summer to enjoy the "Hungarian Sea". The silky-green, shallow waters are warm enough to swim in from May to October. Other attractions include windsurfing, sailing, fishing, water sports, as well as wineries on the north coast, and nightlife on the south shore.

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Lake Hévíz

Lake Hévíz

Lake Hévíz, located only five miles (8km) from Lake Balaton, is the second largest thermal lake in the world. Covered with water lilies, the lake extends over an area of approximately 30 square-miles. Hévíz, the tiny town next to the lake, is a favorite spa & wellness destination. While thermal bathing is the main attraction, hiking and biking are also popular.

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Eger

Eger

Eger, a historical town in Northern Hungary, is famous for its castle, cathedral, Baroque churches and Turkish remains. Eger also has a wine region, best known for the red wine called ‘Bull’s Blood of Eger’. Only one and a half hours drive from Budapest, Eger is an excellent destination for a day trip.

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Hollókő

Hollókő

A World Heritage Site since 1987, Hollókő is a living example of rural life before the agricultural revolution of the 20th century. The small village, with snow-white houses and a few hundred residents holding on to their traditions and colorful folk costumes, provides visitors with a truly unique experience.

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Pécs & Villány

Pécs & Villány

Pécs is a beautiful town in Transdanubia with a truly Mediterranean ambiance. At the slopes of the Mecsek Mountain with cobble stone streets, outdoor cafes and red-tiled rooftops, Pécs is a favorite destination. The hilly area south of the city, including the Villány wine region, lures many visitors, particularly wine lovers.

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Szeged

Szeged

Szeged, the city on the river Tisza, is the regional centre of South-Eastern Hungary. The city has beautiful buildings and wide avenues. This is mainly due to the great flood of 1879, which literally wiped away the whole town and a new, modern city emerged from the ruins. Szeged is also known as the home of paprika and the world famous Pick Salami. Mark Pick's shop opened here in 1869.

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Győr

Győr

Győr is located halfway between Budapest and Vienna at the confluence of three rivers: the Danube, the Rába and the Rábca. The city has an enchanting center with beautiful Baroque mansions and churches. Győr also makes an excellent base for excursions to the thousand-year-old Pannonhalma Monastery, one of the oldest historical monuments in Hungary and a famous World Heritage Site.

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Wine Regions in Hungary

Wine Regions in Hungary

Visiting a wine region in Hungary can be quite a treat and wine tours are sure to grow in popularity as the word gets out. Stay at one of the local pensions or vineyard lodgings, soothe your soul with vino-therapeutic spa treatments, wine taste all afternoon and discover the up-and-coming restaurant scene in the evening.

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