The AFAR Guide to Hungary
Collected by Bryan Kitch, AFAR Contributor
Hungary traces its ancestry to the Magyars of the Eurasian Steppes, and the Hungarian language is one of few in Europe that is not of Indo-European origin, though English is now widely spoken. Budapest, Hungary's capital, boasts some of the most striking architecture in Central Europe, and spans both banks of the Danube River. Hungary is also home to a rich tradition in folk and classical music, with widespread influence across the continent and beyond.
Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary
Fisherman's Bastion was built in the late 1800s on Buda's Castle Hill not to provide protection, but rather as a lookout point—and this fairy-tale castle site, with its seven spired towers representing the seven tribe of Magyar (Hungarians)...
Budapest, Erzsébet tér 9-10, 1051 Hungary
Just returned from a long and luxurious weekend in Budapest. I stayed at the Le Meridien hotel which was located in the best possible place: at Deák Ferenc tér in central Budapest. The 5-star hotel provides all the necessary amenities and with its...
Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
If you happen to be meandering through Budapest, and have the urge to do a little sightseeing, St. Stephen's Basilica is definitely a sight to see. The structure is named in honor of Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Apparently, his right hand...
Tarcal, Terézia kert 9, 3915 Hungary
The hotel, housed in a converted viticulture school in northeastern Hungary, is at the center of a winery producing the region’s traditional Tokaj wines as well as more common varieties. Plan a day trip to the surrounding countryside to...
Budapest, Olof Palme stny. 5, 1146 Hungary
During my recent visit to Hungary, it was unavoidable to not walk through the City Park or Varosliget, which not only filled with museums, thermal baths, restaurants, bars and entertainment, but also holds the largest artificial ice surface in...
Budapest, Balatoni út - Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223 Hungary
Statues of Communist ideologues once dotted every city behind the Iron Curtain, but in the world's rush to forget the Cold War, such monuments are hard to find these days. Not in Budapest—once East and West came together in the early 1990s,...
Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118 Hungary
Throughout Budapest are a whopping 123 therapeutic hot springs, but these, in the stately, slightly dusty Hotel Gellért (built in 1918) might be the most famous. The communal bath in the center of the hotel spa is for everyone, but the most...
Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 5, 1051 Hungary
It’s hard to say what’s most appealing about the ultraluxurious Four Seasons Gresham Palace, a stately Art Nouveau hotel on the banks of the Danube. Perhaps it’s the central location, on the Pest side of the iconic Chain Bridge,...
Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary
An edgy crowd gathers at Szimpla Kert, a wacky ruin pub in the old Jewish Quarter. On entering, you’ll be overwhelmed by the maze of rooms, where you might find recycled computer monitors, towering piles of books, hookah pipes, or live...
Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
The Great Market Hall in Budapest should be any visitors first stop in order to get acquainted to the people, goods and grub of Hungary. The market is one of those strange places that caters to both locals and tourists alike without losing its...
Budapest, Szent Gellért tér 2, 1114 Hungary
An Art Nouveau hotel on the western (Buda) side of the River Danube, just below Géllert Hill, Danubius Hotel Gellért first opened its doors in 1918, and quickly became one of the city’s most popular places to stay,...
Budapest, Baross tér, Hungary
If you're an avid train traveler, you must visit this railway terminal in Budapest, Hungary. It's one of the main international and intercity terminal which was built around 1881. This image highlights the allegorical statues that are part of the...
Budapest, Szabadság tér 9, 1054 Hungary
Barcelona has Gaudí, and Budapest has Ödön Lechner. One of Hungary’s most influential architects, Lechner (1845–1914) created the country’s distinctive National Style. His work blended art nouveau with folk motifs and Asian elements, such as...
Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary
Budapest, Hungary is brimming with art, culture and a touch of decadence. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Hungarian State Opera House on the luxurious Andrássy Way. If you don't have the time or money to take in a concert in this...
Budapest, Tabán, Hungary
The Rácz Hotel and Thermal Spahas its own hot spring, which supplies the extensive spa. The complex includes a 16th-century Turkish bath with a domed roof, saunas, steam rooms, and five pools. The oldest parts of the spa have no electricity, so...
Budapest, Felvonulási tér, 1146 Hungary
For a different type of thrill in Hungary, try renting a communist era car to drive around Budapest or out to any of the fascinating cities in the small country. Their are several agencies, such as Rent A Trabant, that offer these quirky cold war...
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