Hungary was an integral part of the great Habsburg empire until the end of the First World War. The so-called Austria-Hungary, of which the country was an important part. Due to its geographical position, Hungary has represented a crossroads of the peoples and cultures of the European continent since the Middle Ages. This condition is also reflected in the art of Hungarian cities. But it is also found in local food made of a mixture of German, Turkish, French and Italian flavors. This is also present in the traditions, folklore and traditional customs of the populations that inhabit it.
WHAT TO SEE IN HUNGARY
Certainly among the tourist attractions of Hungary the main and often the unique destination of most tourists who visit Hungary is undoubtedly the picturesque city of Budapest. This is one of the most fascinating European cities, with its monuments and palaces, the cafes, the lively artistic and musical panorama, its numerous cultural and recreational events.
But also Lake Balaton, the Hungarian sea with its many tourist, spa and seaside resorts, is a popular destination in the summer. Among the other tourist attractions of Hungary there are above all the medieval and baroque cities of the Hungarian plains such as Sopron, Pécs, Győr and Eger. Some of which also show the imprint of Ottoman domination.
Fascinating are the fairytale castles such as Fertőd, known as the Versailles of Hungary, or as the Siklós castle and the Renaissance castle of Sárospatak. Other tourist destinations that deserve are the rustic villages of the Hungarian plain, such as those in the Mezőkövesd region. Or the UNESCO world heritage sites such as the village of Hollókö near Nógrád. The karst region on the north-eastern border with Slovakia with the Aggtelek caves. The pastoral landscape of the Puszta in the Hortobágy National Park. The Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma with its natural environment.
Among the other reasons for a visit to Hungary are the food and its excellent wines. Among the most renowned are those produced in the regions of Tokaj, Villány and Lake Balaton. Other places worthy of a trip are the relaxing spas (Hévíz, Gárdony, Balatonfüred, Zsóry etc.). Recently, bird watching has also taken off. In fact, in Hungary there are some of the best places for birdwatching in Europe.