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TRAVEL GUIDE: HUNGARY




Welcome to the country that gave us Liszt, Bartók, Nobel Prize-winning writer Imre Kertész and goulash. Throughout the Republic of Hungary you can check out the historic, such as Heroes' Square, join the crowd at Pécs' bustling Main Square or learn more about such village customs as watering at Easter (which doesn't involve plants at all, but boys watering girls in a ritualistic attempt to make the girls bloom throughout the year). The capital city Budapest is the new Prague — or so they say. The City of Spas is even less expensive and with fewer ex-pats than its Czech counterpart. It's also the site of the Buda Castle, the National Museum, Bauhaus architecture, a major stretch of the Danube River and allegedly more shopping centers than any other city in Europe.

BUDAPEST

INSIDE BUDAPEST
Budapest in a Nutshell

We tour the city known as "Paris of the East," from Budapest's famous thermal baths to majestic royal palaces, historic landmarks and even outdoor marketplaces immersed in paprika.
The largest European thermal spa, Szechenyi Bath in Budapest

Get some R&R at the Budapest Marriott Hotel
BEST HOTELS IN HUNGARY
Top 10 Hotels

If you plan to visit Hungary, you should know that Budapest boasts the best hotels. After scouring the country for the most comfortable accommodations, we picked the ten best hotels—and they're all nestled in the country's capital.

FEATURED HOTEL
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

The Gresham Palace was originally built to house a British life insurance company in 1906, when the Art Nouveau movement was at its height. It remains a world of graceful curves and arches, rich with stone carvings and hand-crafted ceramics.

Unwind at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

The beautiful Gresham Palace in Hungary is one of the city's many treats for sightseers
HOT TOPIC
Is Budapest The Paris of the East?

With beautiful boulevards, green parks and impressive landmarks like the Gresham Palace, it's no wonder that we're calling Budapest the "Paris on the Danube."

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BUSINESS TRAVEL GUIDE
Budapest

This city is not just a tourist destination, but an attraction for investors from around the globe who have their sights on construction and production opportunities. When you're in Budapest on business, find out where to stay, where to take clients to dinner, and what to do after the day is over.
A synagogue in Budapest, Hungary

The Buda Castle adds to Budapest's undeniable glamour

72-HOUR VACATION
Budapest: Glamour on the Danube
Hungary's capital city, perhaps the most glamorous of Eastern European cities, is located on the bank of the river Danube. The hub of political, cultural and industrial activities, Budapest attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the "Pearl of the Danube."


BEST SPAS IN THE WORLD
Kempinski Spa

Here's our list of the best spas all over the globe, such as Budapest's Kempinski Spa, pictured. Check out the best of what Hungary and countries all over have to offer when it comes to places for massages, facials, wraps and more.
Rest easy in the thermal waters at Kempinski Spa

HUNGARY

Relax in the pool at Danubius Gellert in Budapest, Hungary

THERMAL BUBBLES OF BUDAPEST & BEYOND
Danubius Health Spa Resorts
The Danubius Health Spa Resorts offer extravagant baths to indulge in at a minimal cost. With the neo-Baroque Széchenyi complex and amazing aquatic facilities, this Eastern European metropolis has earned its reputation as the medicinal "Bathing City."
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BOOK A ROOM
Hotels in Hungary

Planning a trip to Hungary? Regardless of what you're looking for, these hotel reviews, ratings and room photos should help you find accommodations that meet all of your needs.

Rest easy at Hotel Romantik in Eger, Hungary

TOKAJ-HEGYALJA

Chateau Dereszla's 2006 Tokaji Aszú pairs well with aged cheeses, foie gras and duck confit
OUR FAVORITE HUNGARIAN WINE
2006 Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos

On May 28, 2012, Chateau Dereszla's 2006 Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos was our "Wine of the Week." With layers of fruit flavors, the delightful wine pairs with sweet and savory items. Read our review for a taste-by-taste analysis!

WINES OF HUNGARY
Top Rated Tokaji

Some of the best wines in the world come from the Tokaj-Hegyalja region of Hungary, which is the world's first wine appellation. Check out which of these superb wines we deem best.

The vineyard where the grapes for Chateua Dereszla wines are grown

* Banner images courtesy of The Photo Archive of the Hungarian National Tourist Office.

Visit the official website of Hungary

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(Updated: 10/19/12 KK)

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