While many people don’t venture beyond its beautiful capital Budapest, Hungary certainly has a lot more for visitors to see and do. Besides some charming towns and lots of picturesque countryside, it also has a wealth of amazing architecture and interesting historic sites to check out that highlight the various peoples and cultures that have ruled the country across the ages.
Set in Central Europe, the landlocked land lies surrounded by Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. Defined by the winding Danube and Tisza rivers that carve their way through the country, it is usually divided into three separate regions that are all equally delightful to explore. While the west mostly consists of low-lying hills, endless flat plains and fields coat the east with mountains rising up in the north. One of its main features is the humongous Lake Balaton that has long attracted visitors with its thermal springs, resort towns and water sports.
Due to its central setting, everyone from the Celts and Romans to the Ottomans, Communists and of course Austro-Hungarians have ruled over it at one point or another. This diverse history and rich cultural heritage is on show wherever you go with centuries-old cities such as Eger, Pecs and Gyor all boasting umpteen monuments and museums and lots of brilliant buildings.
Hungary’s undoubted highlight however is of course its gleaming capital Budapest which is widely considered to be one of the most stunning cities in Europe. Aside from all its arresting architecture and exceptional historic sights, the romantic riverside city has relaxing thermal baths and gorgeous parks for visitors to enjoy alongside its pulsating nightlife scene.