Travelers already have so many incredible choices for things to do in Hungary. So when you visit this great country you may need a bucket list! Hungary is most famous for the ancient Roman ruins, baroque churches, medieval towns, fascinating architecture and its vibrant capital city, Budapest. Whether you prefer to explore the Aggtelek Karst Caves, National Parks, the Hungarian Parliament or just chill in a mineral spa or at the thermal Lake Hévíz, Hungary has something for everyone. Foodies won’t be disappointed either, with goulash and főzelék on most menus. So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do in Hungary, worthy of being on your Hungary Bucket List that’s for sure.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do in Hungary
Miskolc Cave Bath
This Cave Bath in Miskolc city (Miskolctapolca), is supposed to reduce joint pain, and since it has a lower salt content than most thermal waters (around 1000 mg/liter), people can bathe in it for as long as they want. This thermal spa can be enjoyed only by entering the cave and the complex has a variety of pools and an onsite spa. The Cave Bath attracts thousands of visitors annually and is immensely popular, it can be visited all year, except in January.
When it comes to classic good looks steeped in history and culture, Hungary’s capital totally delivers. Budapest has something for everyone! From dramatic history and fantastic architecture to outdoor spas and ruin bars. Budapest’s therapeutic thermal spas and hearty restaurants serving Hungarian fare like Goulash, make it perfect for a winter trip. Summer is for open air pools and leafy strolls on Margaret’s Island in the middle of the majestic Danube.
Visit Lake Balaton, a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of western Hungary. Travelers go for beaches, volcanic hills, resort towns and high-rise hotels along the 197km shoreline. The hilly north shore is a wine-growing region, with protected wetlands and hiking trails at Balaton Uplands National Park. On the northern shores of Lake Balaton lies the enchanting town of Szigliget, host to one of the most impressive castles in Hungary.
Hortobagy National Park
Hortobágy National Park is a unique example of the harmonic interaction of man and nature. It’s Hungary’s first national park and became a World Heritage site in 1999. Rich with cultural history and folklore, the park, a part of the Alföld, was designated as a national park in 1973. A part of the park is used for farming, and the visitors can learn a few traditional agricultural techniques of Hungary. On the other side of the National Park, you can find a vast range of plants and wildlife, including semi-wild and rare Przewalski Horses.
Aggtelek Karst Caves
The Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst is a UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of 712 caves spread out over a total area of 55,800 ha (138,000 acres) along the border of Hungary and Slovakia. It is the largest stalactite cave system in Europe, and its stalactite and stalagmite formations are spectacular. Why not go in the cave in Hungary and come out in Slovakia!
Hungarian Parliament is a notable landmark of Hungary and a top tourist destination in Budapest. It’s a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture and just over 100 years old. You can find the Hungarian Parliament in Kossuth Square, in the Pest side of the city, standing tall on the banks of the Danube. Across from the parliament building is a large square where rallies are often held. A number of tours in different languages run every day. Book online and explore the beauty of the Hungarian Parliament.
Danube River Cruise
Seeing all of Budapest’s top sites from a river boat by taking a cruise along the Danube. The Danube is Europe’s second longest river and was once a long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire. Today the Danube flows through 10 countries, more than any other river in the world. There are several cruise options, including a leisurely night cruise through Budapest or an all-day cruise through Visegrad, Szentendre, and Estergom. Boat companies are situated at the banks of the River and cruises run daily, throughout the year.
Budapest’s Dohany Street Synagogue
The Dohány Street Synagogue, also known as Tabakgasse Synagogue, is a historical building in the 7th district of Budapest, Erzsébetváros. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and is a centre of Neolog Judaism. Germany bombed and destroyed the original Synagogue during WWII and the building was restored during the 1990’s. In the garden you’ll find the weeping willow memorial. The memorial of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Diplomat who saved a large number of Hungarian Jews also lies nearby.
Tokaj Wine Region
The Tokaj Wine Region is home to some of Hungary’s most beloved varieties of wine. Tokaj wine region or Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region is a historical wine region located in northeastern Hungary and is about a thousand years old. The Emperor Fraz Josef would send the best wine from these vineyards as gifts to other leaders. Visit the wine yard to learn about its history and get to know how the best wines of the country are made.
The Buda Hills are a low mountain range of numerous hills which dot the Buda side of Budapest. The most popular ones are Gellért Hill, Jánoshegy, Széchenyi-hegy, Castle Hill, Normafa, Svábhegy and Sas-hegy. The Buda Hills offer a variety of adventurous outdoor activities, along with some spectacular views.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do in Hungary.
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