Cheap Flights to Hungary
Flights to Hungary
One of the oldest countries in Europe, Hungary was founded in the year 896 in the Early Middle Ages. With over a thousand years of history, this country boasts an amazing wealth of traditions and cultural heritage. Hungary is brimming with tourist appeal with its rich culture, natural resources and vibrant economy, it is no wonder that Hungary is considered one of the top travel destinations in the world.
Located in Central Europe, Hungary borders Slovakia to the north, Austria to the west, Slovenia and Croatia to the south west, Serbia to the south, Romania to the east and Ukraine to the north east. It is a member of the European Union and Schengen Agreement.
Hungary offers a great diversity of landscapes, from the hilly region in the north, the Great Hungarian plain in the east, the Danube and Tisza rivers, and its beautiful lakes. Despite being a relatively small country in terms of area, Hungary is packed with interesting sights and superlative attractions. The country has numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the largest lake in Central Europe, the largest medicinal bath in Europe, the largest synagogue in Europe, and many other standout structures.
Paris of the East
The capital of Hungary is Budapest, also known as the Paris of the East. It is also Hungary’s biggest attraction, with millions of tourists visiting the capital every year. Budapest is one of the largest cities in Central Europe and is often regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. It is a vibrant and modern metropolis with a strong sense of history and tradition. Here you can enjoy verdant parks, pulsating nightlife, classical performances, medieval architecture, and and enchanting bridges.
Hungarians, also known as Magyars, are descendants of nomadic tribes from Central Asia. Majority of the country’s 10 million population today are ethnic Hungarians, and the rest are an ethnically diverse minority of Slovaks, Romanians, Germans and other races. People speak the Hungarian language, a unique and expressive language widely regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn. Most Hungarians are speak good English and German.
There are an amazing number of things to see and do in Hungary, that making up and itinerary can be quite a challenge. Here are some of the must visit places in Hungary —
Thermal baths are one of Hungary’s highlights. The country is blessed with over a thousand thermal springs which have been developed into baths and spas. The most famous and largest of these baths is the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath.
In the capital, take a ride up the 140-year old Buda Castle Funicular. This historic railway takes you up to the World Heritage Site, Buda Castle where you can enjoy views of the city. Do take note of the timings of the lively festivals held here.
At almost 80 kilometers long, and having an area of almost 600-square-kilometers, Lake Balaton is so big that it is also known as the Hungarian Sea. Tihany is a popular resort town and nature reserve on Lake Balaton. The city of Siófok, on the southern shores of the lake is also a popular leisure destination.
Pecs is a city in Southern Hungary which has a uniquely Mediterranean character. It also has numerous Turkish heritage structures and attracts visitors to its World Heritage site of ancient christian tombs, the Early Christian Necropolis.
The Tokaji Wine region is also a popular attraction and notable for its unique character and quaint villages. Tokajii is so good that Louis XIV of France called it the "Wine of Kings, the King of Wine.
Flights to Hungary
Hungary has two main international airports— Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest and Airport Debrecen in Debrecen. These airports handle most of the international and domestic flights in the country. Alternatively, the Vienna International Airport is just a 3-hour bus ride to Budapest.
The public transport system in Hungary is extensive and well-developed. You can get anywhere by bus, rail or taxi. The country also boasts one of the oldest underground in Europe. In fact, the Line 1 of Budapest Metro, built in 1896, has been declared a World Heritage Site.
There are also commuter riverboat and hydrofoil services from Budapest to towns in the Danubebend, as well as sightseeing and night cruises.
Hungary has its share of fashion boutiques and shopping malls, but the best things to buy in Hungary apart from the usual souvenirs are its trademark food — cold smoked sausages, spices like paprika and saffron, Gundel cheese, plank brandy and the famous Tokaji wine.
Magyar cuisine is distinctive for its strong taste and variety of meat dishes. Paprika is the most common spice used, and of course the national dish is the Hungarian goulash. You will be surprised to know that the goulash is actually a soup rather than a stew as what most people know. Another must try is the popular langos which deep fried bread with a variety of fillings.
An interesting trivia to note when socialising with the locals is that most Hungarians do not make toasts over beer. This is due to an old tradition due to remembering soldiers killed in the 1848 revolution, whereby it was decreed no Hungarian would toast with beer for 150 years. To this day, this ban is still widely observed by the older generations.
Best time to visit
Hungary enjoys the four seasons, but spring in May and June, is the best time to visit. Summer is also a great time to enjoy the outdoor attractions. Most museums and public places are usually closed during winters.
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