Eastern Europe has many fascinating underdog destinations, and Hungary is definitely one of them. Now that they have one of the easiest digital nomad visas available this year, its popularity will probably increase soon, so hurry up if you want to avoid large crowds!
The protagonist of this country is, of course, Budapest, the capital, also considered “The Paris of the East” for its amazing architecture, history, unique activities, and beautiful landscapes. The best part? It’s not only beautiful but also a budget-friendly destination, and one of the countries in Europe where dollars have a high advantage over the local currency, the forint.
From the traditional spa towns to impressive buildings to special cake competitions where dessert shops and cafes offer their best products, there’s so much to do and see in this country in 2023. Here’s a list of the top 5 reasons why travelers should add Hungary to their travel itinerary:
1) Great Hotels Opening This Year
Where to stay? There are great and brand-new options available this year! Travelers might have the perfect opportunity to stay at a luxury hotel for a reasonable price!
Marriott Hotels & Resorts is opening three of its new hotels in 2023 in Budapest, including a new iconic W Hotel, the W Budapest, right on Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO Heritage site, and the luxurious St. Regis Klotild Palace with rooms overlooking the Danube river and a spectacular restaurant run by Chef Wolfgang Puck. Also, the popular D8 Hotel has just been renovated, and the 5-star boutique hotel Verno House opened its doors just a few weeks ago.
2) Amazing Spa Towns
Did you know that there are more than 1,300 thermal water springs in Hungary? And over 100 in Budapest! Hungarians love spas and thermal waters, and they have towns and amazing spas designed for this purpose. Now that in 2023 more travelers are interested in wellness and relaxing experiences, it’s the perfect moment to visit these fantastic places.
Travelers will find great options across the country. From impressive swimming baths in historical sites with marble balconies like the Gellért Thermal Bath to an amazing cave bath in Miskolc, to a Turkish experience at the Árpád Bath in Szekesfehervar.
3) Incredible Museums, Monuments, And Events
The historic Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is definitely a must-visit in Budapest. Museum lovers should also explore the Hungarian National Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the House of Terror. The impressive Liget Budapest Project and the House of Music are also worth visiting. But there are a few special events happening this year, such as:
Budapest Marathon (October 14-15): a two-day festival where runners from all over the world gather to enjoy this amazing city.
Cake of Hungary: (August) local restaurants and coffee shops prepare the most delicious desserts in August to earn the recognition of the best cake in the country.
The Lions Of Budapest: This is the best moment for those looking for the perfect Instagram photo in Budapest. Replicas of the guarding lions have been placed at iconic spots in the city.
4) Hungary’s Beautiful Nature
Even though Budapest usually gets all the attention, there are other destinations and places to explore. Hungary has beautiful landscapes and lakes. The impressive Lake Balaton is usually a great place to visit for its beauty and wildlife, and tourists also enjoy visiting Lake Hévíz, Europe’s largest Thermal lake.
The natural phenomenon of the Salt Hills in Egerszalók is also fascinating. There are only three places like this in the world, and one is in Hungary. The waters contain 30 different minerals, and bathing here is considered a healing experience. Hikers will definitely enjoy the tarn of Megyer-hegy with its beautiful mountains and lake.
5) Fun Activities And Interesting Culture
How about spending the day visiting the Fisherman’s Bastion—a 19th-century fortress— and then going for drinks at ruin bars? The Szimpla, a huge bar in Budapest, is one of these popular places known for its decoration with old mismatched items and great ambiance. There’s always something fun and interesting to do, especially in Budapest.
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