Rural holidays in Hungary

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Photo from Wikipedia showing the Lillafüred Valley in Bükk mountains.

Just over half of Hungary consists of the flat and rolling plains, but to the west of the country is the fantastic Lake Balton and the beautiful Balaton hills, while the highest mountains skirt the north of the country in the Eger-Tokaj region.

Travelling in Hungary (Excess Baggage – Online BBC Radio 4 documentary) Two musicians travelled recently through the Carpathian mountains, only eating what they were given in exchange for playing their music, in search of Hungarian and other specialities, including Hungary’s classic dish goulash.

Hungary’s lake district The 50-mile long Lake Balaton is Europe’s largest piece of fresh water, earning its empitaph the Hungarian sea, and attracting Hungarian holidaymakers for many years. Water sports is very much on the agenda.

The Balaton Uplands National Park, near the lake,  is home to Lynx, red deer and wild boar as well as several varieties of birds. Most of the countryside is fairly flat so there is no serious hiking to be done, but there are plenty of easily conquered vantage points that reward you with spectacular views across the lake.

If you aren’t lucky enough to spot the wildlife you can enjoy a taste of them instead – wild boar and venison, and game birds are all popular in Hungarian cooking. Lake fish such as the famed Balaton pike and perch star on local menus. Also worth eating out on is the world famous goulash, which is really a paprika-laced soup instead of a stew.

Balaton Uplands National Park

Kikelet winery located in the region of  Tokaj. Learn about how the wine of this enchanting region. Very much off the beaten track.

Country holidays and accommodation and in Hungary

Horse riding holidays in Hungary With loads of history and a fabulous unspoilt landscape Hungary offers a perfect backdrop to  riding holidays. Its variety of terrains, from gently rolling foothills to the more mountainous region north of Budapest, means you will never be treading the same steps twice and, because much of Hungary remains largely unspoilt, enabling you to enjoy all the riding you could wish for.

Rural Tourism in Hungary -selection of rural holidays and accommodation – Before the  World War II, many of the holidays in Hungary were rural in nature. However, the rural tourism of that period entirely disappeared, unsurprisingly after 1945. Since the fall of communism however there has been a Renaissance in rural tourism in Hungary.

Books about travel in Hungary

The Rough Guide to Hungary the best single guidebook


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