HIGHLIGHTS OF HUNGARY
The countless hot springs and natural spas. In Budapest, go for a dip in one of the city’s hot baths, like Szechenyi with 15 different pools to frolic in, and partake in a game of chess with the locals. The neo-baroque building is a spectacle in itself, and you can treat yourself to a body scrub, sauna and steam while you’re here.
Drinking dens. Budapest is famous for its ruin bars, or kerts, which revive old and derelict buildings in the city by transforming them with upcycled junk like bicycles and bathtubs. Szimpla is an excellent example of this, with its hidden corners and flourishing summer garden – plus a cinema screen and regular art exhibitions.
Rural Hungary. This is excellent terrain for horse-riding, hiking and cycling, particularly in The Great Plain and around Central Europe’s largest lake, Balaton.
When it comes to drinks, Hungarians are passionate about their wine, with 22 wine regions and a blossoming wine culture in Budapest. Most wines tend to be sweet, but if you prefer dry ask for ‘Száraz’.
Hungary also produces brandy – pálinka is their bestseller, which is made from fruits like apricots, pears, plums, and is considered a social digestif. Much like the British share a pot of tea, Hungarians will offer guests a glass of pálinka to sip when welcomed into their home. Careful though: it is very strong!