To truly understand Hungary, you need to witness the sun rise over Budapest, listen to the sound of the wind on the Carpathian heights or acquaint your soul with folk traditions. Fed by the abundant Danube river, this is a country whose grandeur goes far beyond its stunning capital, Budapest.
In addition to the city that's nicknamed the "Pearl of the Danube", the country has many regions to explore; starting with the charming little city of Eger, to name just one. Renowned for its wine-making culture tinged with warrior legends, Eger and its region are an essential stop-over for any traveler wishing to soak up the sophistication of the local culture. In particular, you'll admire its architectural treasures such as the opulent Liceum, the minaret or the Basilica of Eger, giving the city a very Baroque and olden days feel, offering a feeling of tranquility to the traveler. Once you're sitting on one of its terraces, why not order a glass of "bull's blood" (a local wine) to accompany your goulash, the famous Hungarian soup. Taking the road alongside Lake Balaton lets you explore a different side of Hungary. In addition to the water activities it offers, this dazzling immensity exudes a gentleness, something very characteristic of the country. You just need to follow the bucolic banks of the thermal lake of Hévíz, wreathed in languorous hills, to find this out for yourself. The most romantic among you are sure to go for a stroll around the sumptuous corridors of Keszthely castle, a heavenly interlude which perfectly lends itself to a tasting of some fruity white wines. Admiring the soothing, clear waters of the lake and enjoying a little sunset snooze will provide unforgettable memories; especially when grand and sumptuous Budapest still has so many things to teach you about the beauty of Hungary.