Hungary, formerly the Republic of Hungary, is a landlocked Central European country, bordered by Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria. The country is filled with architectural gems and offers scrumptious Hungarian cuisine. The capital and largest city is Budapest, which was regarded as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. Hungary is relatively small and it houses several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as other significant destinations.
Where to go
Lake Balaton - Found in the Transdanubian region, Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake bearing the title of the largest lake in Central Europe. It is a popular tourist destination for its clear blue waters, public and private beaches, and beautiful scenery.
Széchenyi Medicinal Bath - The largest medicinal bath in Europe is the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath located in the City Park in Budapest. The water is supplied by two thermal springs, with sulphate, magnesium, bicarbonate, calcium, metaboric acid, and fluoride acid components. The water is said to alleviate joint illnesses, and chronic and sub-acute joint inflammations, among others.
Birdwatching Tours - There are quite a few companies in Hungary that arrange birdwatching tours for small groups and to different sites, depending on which tour you choose. Birdwatching or birding is popular in the country due to the abundant and diverse species of birds present, with at least 424 species recorded; 6 of these species were introduced by humans, while 19 are rare or 'accidental'.
From Hungary, you can visit the capital city of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, which is less than two hours away by plane. Düsseldorf is the location of the Esprit Arena, originally the LTU Arena, a multi-functional football stadium with a special heating system that hosts events even on the coldest days of winter. It has been used not only for football games but also for music events. Düsseldorf also hosts the Largest Fair on the Rhine, one of Germany's biggest funfairs that involve amusement park rides, beer and food tents, and more. Other short-haul destinations to choose from include Vienna, Paris, Dublin, Prague, and Barcelona.
There are seasonal flights from Budapest Airport to Canada's most populous city, Toronto. Tourist attractions in Toronto include the Ontario Science Centre, the Centreville Amusement Park for children, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Visitors might also want to check out the Distillery District, a historic and entertainment precinct east of downtown Toronto, which boasts of many shops, restaurants, and cafes. The district encompasses 10 streets and over 40 heritage buildings, including North America's largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture.
How to get out
Hungary has two main international airports, one in Budapest and another in Debrecen. Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, formerly Budapest Ferihegy International Airport, is the largest. It works with airlines such as British Airways, easyJet, EgyptAir, Ryanair, Transavia.com, Turkish Airlines, and Wizz Air to provide flights to destinations mostly in Europe, but also in Africa and the Middle East. Debrecen International Airport on the other hand operates mostly to Moscow, London, and Eindhoven (the Netherlands).
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