The Secrets of Hungary
When it comes to visiting Hungary, be prepared to be impressed. This Central-European country packs history, food, and entertainment all into one excellent mix. You’ve probably seen pictures of the parliament building, but that isn’t all the country has to offer—not by a long shot.
Honestly, when it comes to museums, you’ll find that Hungary isn’t on par with most of its Western European counterparts. There are art museums, but if you’re limited on time in the country, it’s probably best to give these a pass. But if you’re interested in the Soviet influence on the country you are in the right place! Check out the House of Terror Museum on Andrassy Avenue. You can also take a very interesting free walking tour that will tell you about the communist influence on the country, complete with letting you see relics from this time period.
budapest parliament – image source: pixabay
Hungary is actually home to some remarkable therapeutic and relaxing baths. This might be no surprise considering the Romans once occupied this area, but most people don’t think of baths when they think of Hungary. Believe it or not, most cities—even smaller cities—have their own baths. If you decide to use in Budapest, check out the Szechenyi or Gellert Baths or any number of others.
Hungary baths and spas are the perfect way to relax and unwind after days of busy traveling. These thermal baths and spas are so common in Hungary there is even an app to help you find the best spas around. However if you are using WiFi while traveling, it is a wise decision to find a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for your smartphone. A VPN encrypts your connection and protects your data from hackers who seek to prey on travelers. Don’t let these hackers spoil your relaxing trip.
You’ve probably heard of Hungarian goulash, but Hungary is famous for more than that! Try the chicken paprikash, or try langós, a type of fried bread usually topped with sour cream and cheese. And be prepared to find paprika in every form you could imagine—from the powdered spice to flavored cream cheeses to paste and everything in between.
When you think of wine regions in Europe, you probably think of France, Italy, and other more traditional regions. But did you know that Hungary has a burgeoning wine region as well? It’s not a new thing—in fact, King Louis XIV called Hungary’s Tokaj wine the wine of kings. This white wine ranges from dry to sweet, and all versions of it are spectacular—plus they’re pretty cheap if you head out into the wine region. If red wine is more your thing, head to Eger and try some of the “Bull’s Blood”.
Looking to see babushkas bicycling home after work? Take a train out to any of the local areas. Or, head to some of the picturesque villages near Budapest like Szentendre or Godollo and you’ll see the artistic culture and quaint architecture that make this country so comfortable and lovely.
If you’re looking for a cheap, alternative destination in Europe, Hungary is your place! Get out and see the quaint, artsy towns, as well as the idyllic countryside. Then head back to Budapest for its museums and ruin pubs. Whatever your interests, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic time.
About the author: Jess Signet is an avid traveler and travel writer. She enjoys sharing her experiences and tips with those planning their adventures.