Hungary is a landlocked country situated in Central/Easter Europe and surrounded by seven other countries; Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. It’s capital city Budapest is the largest city of the country. It is situated on the river Danube consisting of two “cities” Buda and Pest. The country’s official language is the Finno-Ugric language, Hungarian.
Hungary offers it’s visitors a lot of different attractions. The relatively low mountain range in the northwest and the Greater Hungarian Plain east of the River Danube provide a variety of picturesque scenes with its rivers and lakes; including Central Europe’s larges lake, Balaton. The surrounding sites are full of small villages and wonderful cities, including Budapest which is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Hungary’s perfect location in Central Europe, with its colourful culture, makes it a great travel destination all year round.
The Hungarian capital Budapest is a popular tourist destination. It is where old and new go hand in hand, and is one of the few European cities that are able to offer something for everyone. It is safe, affordable and an interesting holiday destination where one will almost have an unforgettable experience. The city’s boulevards and narrow little streets can offer some breathtaking architecture with it’s decadence of Romanticism. Not to mention it’s castles and bridges on the river Danube create a perfect romantic getaway. The city has numerous lush parks where people sit and play a game of chess under the shade of a tree.
The city Budapest also offers a variety of affordable and gourmet restaurants. A holiday can be crowned with a relaxing hot spring spa experience that has many health benefits as the waters come directly from underground.
Hungary’s Public Holiday dates
1 January – New Year’s Day
15 March – The anniversary of the 1848 Revolution
1 May – Workers’ Celebration Day
20 August – St Stephen Memorial Day – Hungary’s State founder
23 October – 1956 Memorial Day
1 November – All Saints Day
25 December – Christmas Day
26 December – Boxing Day
Budapest Card – 24, 48 or 72 hour card
- Get unlimited free travel on the Budapest public transport system
- Enjoy free card delivery service to you hotel
- Receive reduced price tickets for cultural programs
- Get free entry to the city’s most important museums
- Eat out for less with discounts at restaurants
- Enjoy a 10-15% discount to over 100 tourist attraction places eg. boat tours
- Take a complimentary guided tour of Buda and Pest
Budapest TOP 10 Attractions
1. Buda Castle
Buda Castle is part of the Hungarian Royal Palace in the Castle District of Budapest. The District is packed with historic sights and attractions eg. Matthias Church, medieval houses, museums. Besides the monuments there are breathtaking panoramas of the Danube with the Chain Bridge and Parliament House. It is a must see in the evenings when illuminated. The construction of the Castle began in 1200s. Many wars and battles have left their mark on the large palace complex. It has almost been under complete destruction and has also been rebuilt on several occasions.
2. Buda Castle Hill
The Castle Hill is perhaps the single most important city attraction. The Castle Hill district is not an actual city but quite a large area that takes half a day to explore. You can find beautiful streets, old architecture and a lot popular among the tourists, especially during the summer season. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants with terraces. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has listed the Buda Castle District – which is one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of the city of Budapest – as a World Heritage site on the 11th of December, 1987. The ancient town district is home to some of the most important historical monuments in Hungary.
3. Hungarian Parliament House
Also known as the Parliament of Budapest, is currently the largest building in Hungary. Situated on the Pest side of the river Danube in Lajos Kossuth Square the building was completed in 1896. The Parliament of Budapest, with its neo-Gothic style has very impressive domes and turrets. It is one of Europe’s finest buildings, an extremely popular tourist attraction. It has 691 rooms, 20km staircases and it is 96m high. Where there are no Parliament sessions guided tours are available.
4. Gellert Hill and Statue of Liberty
Gellert Hill is on the Buda side of the river Danube offering magnificent views to both side of the city Budapest as well as hiking and hill climbing activities. Tourists can also do shopping, dining and there is a Bunker. The bunker was much of a necessary during WWII, not it functions as a museum. On top of the hill is Citadella fortress and the Statue of Liberty or Freedom Statue.
5. Heroes Square
The square is dominated by the Millennium Monument, which was erected in honor of the Hungarians entry to Hungary, 1000-year anniversary in 1896. Directly behind the cenotaph is a column topped by a statue of the archangel Gabriel who leads Hungarian into their homeland. Millennium memorial and its sides are dominated by two spectacular neo-classical buildings: the Art Hall and the Fine Arts Museum. Behind the square stretches a huge size city park, which also has large green areas and a small lake, which in the winter is turned into ice rink.
6. Great market Hall
A place one must definitely see. The three-floor indoor market offers visitors plenty to do and see. The market hall has variety of different type of food products and handicrafts. It is a place worth a visit even if not interested in shopping, however the atmosphere in the market is enchanting. The street level is the most typical place of purchase of agricultural production; it is fruits, vegetables, root vegetables, fresh meat, processed meat, dairy and bakery products and spices. The top floor is reserved for eating and drinking, as well as souvenirs and handicrafts. You will find small vertical bars with variety of food and drink with reasonable prices and large portions.
7. Széchenyi Baths
Hungary has more than two thousand mineral hot spring sources. The country has built an entire wellness empire of mineral water and medical spas. Only in Budapest, there is more than one hundred hot mineral spa sources. Széchenyi is not only the largest hot water spa in Budapest, but in whole of Europe. The Neo-baroque style bath was opened in 1913. Initially, the spa had private pools, and separate steam rooms and public baths for men and women. In 1927 the spa complex was expanded and today it is composed of three outside and 15 inside pool. After the expansion, the thermal artesian well could not supply the larger volume of water needed, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal hot spring was found in1938. The spa is well-known for chess players and outdoor pools, which are open also in winter.
8. Margaret Island
The Island is one of the unique features of Budapest. It is a 25km long and 500m wide island in the river Danube in central Budapest just under Margit Bridge. The Island is used for many recreational, sporting and cultural events, well loved by joggers. At the southern end of the Island is the Danubius Hotel. There are no residential buildings or cars on the island. It is mostly covered by landscape gardens, parks, hot springs, old ruins, a small zoo and an amphitheater.
9. Andrassy Avenue
The Andrassy Avenue is a boulevard with noticeable buildings such as Budapest Opera, the Hungarian University of fine arts, Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Arts, Zoltán Kodály Memorial Museum and Archives and more. The Avenue is also one of Budapest main shopping streets with fine cafes, restaurants, theaters, luxury boutiques and Embassies.
10. Szechenyi Chain Bridge
Budapest is has a smorgasbord of beautiful bridges on the river Danube, perhaps the most famous is the Szechenyi Lanc-hid. Completed in 1849, it was the first permanent suspension bridge over the Danube. It was of great symbolic importance and of a great economic development as it united the two cities of Budapest, Buda and Pest.
The Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix has been held in Hungary since 1986. The event is in Mogyorod, the town located approximately 11 miles from the capital of Budapest.
Where to find them:
Spas are located in big cities and smaller towns throughout the whole country. Some are simple thermal baths serving the local community, others are larger commercial baths. All the major spas and baths in the country offer thermal pools, leisure pools and some kind of family fun areas (kids’ pools or slides of all lengths and shapes) and some count themselves as Aqua parks, (though they all feature thermal water pools). Some Spas in Budapest are housed in beautiful old buildings in Classical or Turkish style dating back between 100 to 400 years. They have become popular tourist attractions. The biggest indoor water theme park in Central Europe is located in the outskirts of Budapest, while the largest spa complex is located in Hajdúszoboszló. Another larger-than-life phenomenon is Lake Hévíz, a real natural phenomenon with an average yearly temperature of 25 °C (77 °F). This is the largest biologically active thermal lake in Europe. Tourists also enjoy the phenomenon of swimming in a huge, warm lake, even on the coldest winter day!
Hungarian spa hotels also offer cosmetic and beauty treatments of the highest quality, combining the beneficial effects of healing thermal water with professional latest treatment trends. There are also successful Hungarian beauty products and treatments, which are based on natural active ingredients (mineral-rich thermal waters and mud).
HUNGARIAN SPA CULTURE
A visit to Hungary allows a unique combination of rich cultural, medical, health and wellness holiday experience. Relaxing in the warm water pools rich with curative minerals and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Massage, mud treatment and many other special treatments, is a rare luxury that you can easily afford in Hungary!
The key to Hungary’s thermal culture is its location on the Carpathian Basin. The earth’s crust is very thin here, allowing water to rise easily to the surface. Thus it is a land of more than 1,000 hot springs. Since ancient times in Hungary the hot water springs have been bubbling up all across this region, used for its beneficial effects. The ancient Romans prized the healing effects of Hungarian thermal waters and developed bathing culture in Hungary more than 2000 years ago. During the Turkish occupation in the 16th century, the Turks added their own beautiful Turkish Baths, some of which are still in use today.
Unique Hungarian methods have been developed to make maximum use of the waters. Hydrotherapy makes use of the physical qualities of water, such as buoyance, resistance and
temperature. Weight baths for treating spinal conditions, are perhaps the best-known example. Balneotherapy is the technical name for the thermal water treatments that make more use of the chemical qualities of the water, which is rich in minerals but free of nitrates, nitrites and bacterial growth. Mofetta (a sort of dry bath employing carbon dioxide bubbles) is one example of this. Medicinal and rehabilitative tourism (based on thermal water, medical caves, medical resorts, balneotherapeutical treatments and special Hungarian methods) attracts more and more patients.
Hungary, the ultimate destination for combining healing, relaxation and adventure.
Relaxing in Hungary’s Thermal water relieves stress and anxiety and accelerates the body’s own healing processes. Due to their chemical and biological structure, medicinal waters are; proven to remedy locomotive disorders, beneficial for countering gynecological diseases, infertility and chronic skin problem, also effective part of the rehabilitation process following sport injuries.
Star horse riding tours
The riding tours are arranged in the most beautiful environments in Hungary.
The routs are various, the arrangement is uniquely designed and personalized according to the riders requirements and needs.
The rides are arbitrary at lengths, varied and exciting. Tailor-made rides are planned taking into account the circumstances for example with the weather. Additional activities such as other sports can be arranged in these stunning surroundings.
More relaxed riding tours are arranged to return to the same starting place every day. The nights are spent at the same place, gives riders more time to relax and rest. Suitable for those who enjoy a more slower pace, without the need to pack and unpack equipment’s daily. This gives more free time to spend on other activities.
Horseback riding trips can be arranged to neighboring towns and also to Budapest. This is great opportunity to explore the surrounding towns and villages, meeting the locals and visiting the craft workshops.
The horseback riding tours are 5-6 hours of length per day. Spending the night in tent, an Inn or a Lodge. Breakfast and dinner are served at the XXX(overnight place). Lunch is during the trail broth by a vehicle.
The local riding camp gives visitors a first-class riding holiday. Hikes take place under the supervision of experienced horseback riding trainers/ instructors.
Experience a true meaning of being carefree, feeling fresh and energized. Admire the stunning nature whole heartedly far from any vehicles. Sitting on a horse and riding through the incomparable natural beauty of the countryside. These riding trails are in areas where it can also be accessed by foot.
In addition to these areas, you can admire the beautiful wildlife (deer, elk, big birds, etc.).
The levels of terrain difficulty varied, the horses are well trained for all types of terrains, even the challenging once. Easier routes are more suitable for children. The duration of the trail riding can be anywhere from one hour to a whole-day trip. Finishing the ride often ends with a nice BBQ.
Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of children and children with special needs. This therapy has positive outcome on the children.
Therapeutically horse riding provides benefits in many areas of health such as
physical, psychological and social effects. This promotes learning and education. Rehabilitation method is well known to those in need, and among the professionals who are involved in the development of therapeutically horse riding.