Whether you opt for a short city break or multi-centre trip, a luxury holiday in Hungary promises lashings of history, culture and adventure.

A land-locked country that sits right at the heart of Europe, Hungary has been attracting wide-eyed visitors since the Iron Curtain was lifted in 1989, and remnants of its communist, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman past make it a beguiling holiday destination. A glorious confection of baroque castles and palaces, Roman ruins and medieval mansions, Hungary’s eclectic architecture is utterly captivating; while the countryside is a fairytale-like dream, with one-fifth of the land carpeted in forest, more than 1,000 natural hot springs and Central Europe’s biggest lake, Balaton.

For a luxury city break in Central Europe, Budapest is not to be missed. The Hungarian capital is a blend of old-world splendour and modern metropolis, home to exquisite palaces, churches and boulevards as well as a thriving cafe and nightlife scene. But that’s not all: beyond Budapest there are curious towns like quaint and arty Szentendre, or pretty Esztergom with its impressive catholic architecture; while the Great Plain in the east sprawls with lush vineyards and orchards.

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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!


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