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Introduction

Travel to Hungary for a glimpse of Europe's heart and soul. With a language and culture unlike anywhere else in Europe, the small country punches above its weight when presenting its case as the continent's cultural hub.

Baroque Budapest is the atmospheric capital, set on the banks of the River Danube. Graceful Buda is characterised by its castle district and the fine old buildings on the steep slopes of Gellert Hill; lively Pest on the opposite bank is best for bars and businesses. The city is best known for its thermal baths though. Soothe your aches and pains at the Gellert Baths or the Szechenyi Baths, where men also gather to play chess in the pool.

Beyond Budapest there are castles, Roman and Turkish ruins, spas and some delightful scenery to discover.

Travel to the Danube Bend on a day trip; the sharp curve where Europe's second largest river passes the Borzsony and Pilis Hills is one of the prettiest stretches, with picturesque towns standing on the banks. Hungary's 'inland sea', Lake Balaton, is in fact the largest freshwater lake in Europe; it's a popular holiday spot, with sandy beaches and shallow waters ideal for swimming.

Kiskunsag National Park is made up of a dozen protected ponds, dunes and grassy 'deserts' and makes an interesting foray into the countryside. For something more massive, travel to the Great Plains, a vast area of vineyards, orchards and farmlands that filter into the Asian steppes to the east. Bird watchers ought to travel to Hortobagy National Park whilst adrenaline enthusiasts would do well to go caving in UNESCO Heritage listed Aggtelek Karst.

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
2 hours

Time zone
GMT +1

Currency
Hungarian forint (Ft) = 100 fillér

Language
Hungarian

Travel advice
Check the FCDO for visa & travel advice

Special offers in Hungary

Nuremberg, Germany

Magnificent Europe: The Rhine & Danube with APT

15-day river cruise from £2,295 pp incl. flights

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This fully inclusive luxury cruise showcases the best of the Rhine and Danube, calling at quiet riverside villages and city greats alike between Holland, Germany, Austria and Hungary.

AmaMagna

Magna on the Danube

8-day luxury river cruise from £3,160 pp incl. flights

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See the wonders of one of the world's great waterways in utter luxury onboard the innovative AmaMagna, enjoying included touring and drinks-paired dining throughout. Along the way, you'll take in both city greats and off-the-beaten-track gems.

Budapest, Hungary

Delightful Danube with APT Travelmarvel

9-day luxury river cruise from £1,595 pp incl. flights

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Sail with APT Travelmarvel as you bring the highlights of the Danube to life, showcased via all-inclusive shore excursions, from tasting tours to a cocktail reception in a Viennese palace.

Travelmarvel Polaris European Gems River Cruise

European Gems with APT Travelmarvel

15-day river cruise from £1,995 pp incl. flights

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Join APT Travelmarvel onboard one of their new Contemporary River Ships, enjoying an exceptional-value, in-depth river cruise along the Danube and Rhine from Budapest to Amsterdam.

Top itineraries in Hungary

Danube River, Budapest, Hungary

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Budapest to London

4-day luxury rail journey from £4,345 pp incl. flights

Take in the delights of Budapest with a luxury stay and tour before the world’s greatest train sees you through rural Europe with gourmet meals and drinks in the world's most famous bar car.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Istanbul

9-day luxury rail journey from £19,575 pp incl. flights

Each year, the Orient Express takes an exclusive few on its original route, enjoying luxury stays and curated tours in France, Hungary and Romania en route to Istanbul at the gateway to Asia.

Durnstein, Austria

Bavaria to Budapest on the Danube with Tauck

8-day luxury river cruise from £4,440 pp incl. flights

Discover gems from Bavaria to Budapest on an all-inclusive luxury Danube river cruise. Tauck Exclusives give you experiences others cannot access.

Danube River, Bratislava, Slovakia

Danube in luxury with Riverside

7-day luxury river cruise holiday from £1,995 pp incl. flights

Cruise the Danube in style with Riverside Cruises after a luxurious 5-star hotel stay in Vienna. Onboard, enjoy all-suite accommodations, upscale dining, and a stellar spa in between exploring central Europe's most charming cities.

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Top places to stay in Hungary

Kozmo Hotel, Budapest

Kozmo Hotel, Budapest

Small & intimate hotel

Near Budapest's bustling heart, Kozmo Hotel is an oasis of calm and luxury. Plush rooms and an elegant spa create a tranquil escape, while iconic landmarks and vibrant streets are just steps away.

Prestige Hotel Budapest

Prestige Hotel Budapest

Historic hotel

From its classical façade – replicating the original 19th-century design even though it was actually entirely rebuilt in the 21st century

When to go to Hungary

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