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Aug 09, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Top 10 reasons why Hungary is an ideal summer holiday destination

Despite the summer heat, tourists have flooded the streets of Budapest and the Hungarian countryside. Tourism remains one of the leading sectors of the Hungarian economy, and the numbers are growing exponentially.

If you’ve had a chance to visit Hungary, then you know there are plenty of good reasons we receive so many tourists each year. Below are our top ten reasons why this is the ideal place to spend your summer vacation.

  1. Stunning architecture and nature. If you’re visiting the capital or the countryside, Hungary never fails to provide a gorgeous setting for any activity you have in mind. The Parliament building, Buda Castle, Hortobágy National Park, and Lake Balaton are just a few examples. The list is endless and frankly, it would take years to see it all.

  2. Hungary is one of the safest countries in the world. Security is a growing concern for summer travelers and, unfortunately, has become a crucial part of selecting your vacation destination. With crime rates dropping and the government committed to keeping Hungary one of the most secure countries in Europe, it is guaranteed that unnecessary risks are minimized.  

  3. You get western quality at bargain prices. The general price index in Hungary has been consistently lower than in other, mainly Western European, countries. Meanwhile, the quality of Hungarian services, food, and leisure have dramatically improved over past decades. It is safe to say that Hungary is one of the best options for an all-around premium holiday with an affordable price tag. Quality will only continue to improve since the government has recently announced a 25 percent increase in tourism sector wages.

  4. Accessibility – we’re in the heart of Europe. Should you arrive by plane, car, or boat, traveling to Hungary won’t be overly complicated. Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport is served by many major international airlines including Europe's top low-cost carriers. From other parts of Europe, you can almost always book a direct flight. Upon landing, Budapest’s great public transportation services and Hungary’s extensive highway and railway system will come in handy.

  5. Hungary’s 1000-year history never runs out of stories to tell. Over the course of Hungary’s millenium, the nation involuntarily hosted a number of occupying forces on its soil. That means that in your wanderings around the country you might come across Roman or Turkish ruins or even traces of the Tatars.

  6. Budapest is a vibrant metropolis that rarely disappoints. Those who come to relax and heal will be satisfied by Budapest’s famous spas. Similarly, the youth will enjoy diving into the city’s dazzling nightlife. Obviously, these activities lie at the two endpoints of the spectrum, so we’ll leave it up to you to discover everything in between.

  7. Lake Balaton – the largest lake in Central Europe. It is surrounded by great wine regions and one can find all types of services nearby ranging from sailing to bicycling to castle touring. Enough said.

  8. Hungary’s exceptional, affordable wine selection and rising stars in fine dining. Villány, Szekszárd, Badacsony, and the UNESCO world heritage site Tokaj will surely sound familiar to any wine enthusiast. On the other hand, the four, Michelin star restaurants in Budapest and the local GMO-free and organic farm-to-table countryside eateries will provide you unforgettable culinary experiences.

  9. Festivals. There is not a single summer weekend without a festival somewhere in Hungary. Cultural and culinary events and varied local celebrations are exceptional opportunities to directly experience the rich Hungarian lifestyle and culture firsthand. Apart from these, of course, Hungary is home to the major music festivals: SZIGET, Balaton Sound and VOLT. Many visitors return again and again for these festivals.

  10. Hungarians are welcoming people who love to show off their country and culture.