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One of the most visited countries in the world, Hungary is a truly unique nation. While being nestled directly in the heart of Central Europe, Hungary's linguistic roots share almost nothing in common with the surrounding Slavic and Romance languages. Hungarians, or Magyars as they call themselves, had their heyday during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and lost much of their territory after World War I. Communism hit Hungary hard, but the inimitable country has rebounded with a high standard of living and burgeoning economy. Most Hungarian vacations start in Budapest, where travelers visit the historic Buda Castle, the surf machine pool at the historic Hotel Gellert and countless other cultural attractions. Culinary enthusiasts can savor fine ... Read more
Hungarian cuisine, heavily influenced by paprika and including the Hungarian national dish, goulash. Trekking outside of Budapest, however, is the way to appreciate Hungary’s full potential. Venture out to Lake Balaton (the largest lake in Central Europe) and enjoy its abundant fishing, sailing and hiking opportunities. Nearby, take a day to sooth the soul at Héviz, home to Hungary’s best thermal spas. For worshippers of Dionysus, the Villány region boasts a host of fine vintners.
The most popular time to visit Hungary is in the summer, when the sun is out late, the weather is warm, and everything is open for business (except in August, when Europe goes on vacation). Unfortunately, visiting in the summer means withstanding long lines at major attractions, high prices just about everywhere and hot, humid weather, especially in Budapest. If you can swing it, head here in the late spring or early autumn, just outside of the high traffic season when the weather is still lovely. It’s generally a good idea to avoid planning your vacation during the winter: many places shut down during these cold, rainy months, though you’ll find that the places that do stay open offer rock bottom deals.
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Hungary is quite safe, but basic precautions are advised. In general, women "felt welcome and safe." The "baths are amazing, and single-sex at least for the Gellert, you'll just need to check the times for when women can go." As for getting around, "use public transportation liberally (in Budapest). It's cheap, efficient, and prevents you from being alone on any small streets late in the evening."
In Hungary it's still best to 'err on the side of caution.' It's 'more micro-aggression than violence', and while in 'big cities like Budapest you may be looked at a little more,' (though this is the most accepting destination in the country) 'travelling to more rural areas may be dangerous.' Pride parades in 2007 and 2008 saw violent counter-protests, and the country is still generally not considered particularly friendly.
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London, UK

Emerging in a raw post-communism exuberance, Hungary is playing catching up on a few decades. Parts of rural Hungary sit frozen in time and remain a hugely unbeaten path. Hertelendy Castle is a palatial chateau deep in the bowels of the country, with private airstrip, horse-riding and celebrated gastronomy. Budapest, coined ‘hipster capital’, ranks ‘best value European city for a mini-break’. The medicinal properties of Hungary’s thermal baths have long been documented while the city boasts edgy ruin pubs which come alive at spring. It’s multitude of theatres and concerts are a sell-out. Trace Jewish history in the café-clad Jewish quarter. Drink ice coffees overlooking marvellous views over the curves of the Danube River, from the peak of Castle Hill. Corinthia Hotel Hungary is perfectly positioned for walking explorations and has it’s own bakery and spa.

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Huntington Beach, California, USA

Great country to visit. Lots of culture and history. Take a cruise down the Danube River around sunset. You will not regret this! Also visit the city or Eger for their yearly wine festival.

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Leominster

Hospitable people and sensational locations = Hungary. If you've got the time its definitely a place to go. Beautiful scenery, some stunning towns and the Danube in spring is simply stunning.

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San Jose, California, USA

They have a lovely winter village festival action going on. But more importantly you have to try the steam baths. Go to the one in the hotels or the public outdoor ones. You cant go wrong. Just sit their and relax and allow your worries go up in steam.

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Budapest, Hungary

For a few days holiday in capital or other part of Hungary, it is worth!

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