Hungary

This landlocked country in Central Europe, Hungary, offers splendid architecture, dozens of thermal baths, and vibrant nightlife. Here, you’ll find anything from Roman runes to medieval houses, from baroque churches to neoclassical buildings. These traits are not only applicable to its capital, Budapest, but to many of its cities like Debrecen, Apron, Kecskemet, or Szeged. 

 

Established by uniting two cities – Buda and Pest – the city divided by the Danube River boast with gorgeous cityscape dominated by Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion, and 19th century Chain Bridge. Turkish and Roman rule left the trace of mineral spas adorned with art nouveau style, which makes a whole new sightseeing category of its own. 

 

Other towns of Hungary are as charming as Budapest. Only a few hours drive will get you to Szentendre, a Serb-influences town along the Danube Bend, to the wine-growing region of Badascony, or to Lake Balaton, a local’s getaway to nature featuring resort towns, beaches, and volcanic hills. 

Essentials

Best Time

Mar-May & Sept-Nov the weather is idyllic and no crowds in the cities.

How Many Days

Budapest: 2-3 full days + 1-3 for day trips;

Main destinations: two full weeks. 

Good overview: 3-4 weeks

Getting There

Airports: Budapest, Debrecen 

Train/bus from Austria, Slovakia, Czechia, etc

Visa Info

Part of the EU and visa-free for most of the countries. 

Check iVisa to see if you require one

Getting around

Main public transport: buses and trains

Daily Budget

Accommodation: $9-50 hostels, apts, & midrange hotels

Food: $9-30 eating in and out

Transportation: $6-25 intercity

Budapest Guides

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