Although it is a small country, it is home to a variety of remarkable landscapes with low mountains in the northwest, a large plain in the east, the beautiful Danube, rivers and lakes including the immense Lake Balaton, the largest in Central Europe, a popular holiday destination for the region's residents. In addition, there are cities and villages with a prestigious historical heritage, including its capital Budapest, divided in two by the Danube. Hungary keeps the traces of the Ottoman domination and especially that of the Austrians. You can vary the pleasures by discovering the Old Village of Hollóko and its region, the Hortobágy National Park, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, the Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs and Fertö, not to mention stopping in the Tokaj wine region where you will understand that Hungarian wines can be excellent. The destination has many World Heritage sites and is home to Europe's largest synagogue, the Basilica of Esztergom, the third largest church in Europe, sumptuous thermal baths, and with the Gödöllo, the second largest Baroque castle in the world. Among the local specialities, you will find in the restaurants tasty soups, meat stew, chicken with paprika and many spicy desserts. But don't forget your tourist guide to guide you and help you in your choice of itinerary.
When to go to Hungary?
Hungary has a high tourist season from mid-June to the end of October and a low season the rest of the year. Some youth hostels, panziós, restaurants, campsites, museums close during the low season, especially around Lake Balaton. Museums, sites and tourist offices have extended hours during the high season. Room prices in high season then increase by an average of 30%. There are three other short "peak" periods that mainly affect Budapest: the F1 Grand Prix in the suburbs of Budapest (in July or August) - prices double -, the Sziget Festival in August (in Budapest) and finally Christmas and especially the New Year. Some establishments in Budapest charge mid-season prices just before the start of the high season. From 31 October to 31 March, several hotels offer the 4th night free of charge (Budapest winter invitation). Among the attractive dates that can motivate your visit are the big New Year's concert at the National Opera or MUPA (Budapest), the Mohács Carnival in February, the Budapest Spring Festival and in several provincial cities (second half of March), the street theatre festival in Pécs (July) and from 10 July the Balatonsound festival in Zamardi, on the shores of Lake Balaton. In addition, on August 20, Saint-Etienne's Day is celebrated throughout the country. Then, at the beginning of September, it is the international wine and champagne festival, in the Château district of Budapest. Finally, in December the Christmas market is held in Budapest and all over Hungary