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    About Hungary

    What shall I know about this small country in the heart of Europe? Before visiting Hungary, you may wish to know more about the centre of European dental tourism. Below you’ll find some interesting information you’ll find useful when you’re planning how you will spend your time here.

    Parliament in Budapest
    Parliament in Budapest

    Budapest

    The stunning capital of Hungary is a must-see for every traveller once in a lifetime. Budapest is deemed to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its diverse geographical features, the spectacular bridges crossing the river Danube and its vibrating atmosphere. There are cultural events and festivals throughout the year at various points of the city not to mention more than 120 thermal baths or the exciting food markets.

    Balaton

    The biggest lake in Central Europe is not only popular amongst Hungarians. Each year, thousands of visitors spend their annual holidays in one of the tourist-centered villages enjoying the hot Hungarian summer, leisure and sport activities this area of Hungary is known for. The best time to visit this area of Hungary is indeed summer, from late spring to early autumn it is a great destination to spend a few days at. Balaton is easily accessible from Budapest by car, coach or rail and you can’t get enough of it in a lifetime.

    Wine regions

    Ever tried the Bull’s Blood of Eger? Well, if you are a fan of quality wine, you can sign up to a wine tasting tour to get more familiar with Hungary’s five large wine regions, enjoy their products and maybe even take a bottle or two home. The traditions of wine making date back to the Roman times, so Hungarian wine culture became a national heritage every Hungarian is proud of. As a refresher, you may try different varieties of wine mixed with sparkling water.

    Hiking

    For those more interested in the active ways of relaxation, we recommend checking out the oldest walking path in Europe. With its total length of 1130 km, this path is called the National Blue Trail. The tour is divided into several shorter sections which you can take individually if you’d like to discover wonderful villages, medieval ruins or even spent volcanos along your journey. The tour is accessible for the public free of charge.

    Festivals

    May it be craft beer, cheese, sausage, chocolate, wine, pumpkin, chestnut or fish soup – Hungary has a festival dedicated to literally everything. Smaller venues are taking place every day in and outside the capital, but the real festival high-season begins in May. Until late September, large music festivals are being held countrywide with the biggest one still being the famous Sziget Fesztivál in Budapest.

    Gastronomy

    Fancy some traditional Hungarian goulash? Hungry for a rich hot plate of stuffed cabbage? Hungarian meals are rich in flavour, spices and –let’s be honest- often in fat too. But once you’re here, you must make sure you don’t miss out these iconic dishes. A pack of good quality paprika is a great souvenir you can take home or just use yourself for preparing authentic Hungarian meals at home. These pleasures are not necessarily guilt-free, but why not enjoy a slice of Dobos cake after an entire day of sightseeing?

    Traditional folk music & dances

    Did you know you don’t need to book concert tickets to enjoy Hungarian folk music? It is quite common to listen to live musicians while enjoying a delicious meal for dinner in one of the famous Hungarian restaurants. These bands are usually performing mainly traditional instrumental peasant music, folk songs, and military recruitment songs from the 19th century. The music genres range from heart-warming songs to tight rhythm dances so there is a good song for any occasion.

    Folk art

    When walking on the most frequented streets on any bigger Hungarian city, one can find various pieces of clothing, drapery or ceramics with a rich colourful floral decoration. If you love folk art, you’ll surely fall in love with this so-called ‘kalocsa pattern’. You may wish to discover other varieties of Hungarian folk art at the Museum of Ethnography that is located right in front of the Parliament building in Budapest where you can purchase authentic pieces of folk art at reasonable costs.

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