A lot needs to be talked about Hungary, a gorgeous landlocked country in Central Europe. Often overlooked by avid travellers, this nation presents neoclassical buildings, architectural landmarks, richest folk traditions, and amicable locals. The best time to explore the fascinating hotspots of this beautiful land is during summers, from March to May. Those who wish to enjoy the snow, can head to Hungary between November and February i.e. the winters. Here are some exciting travel facts about Hungary, that make it stand out against other nations and regions of the world. Make sure you include these absolutely amazing tourist destinations and travel experiences in your itinerary!
1. Hungary is one of the best places to go horse-riding!
The equestrian tradition of Hungarians dates back over a thousand years. That’s how the Hungarians invaded the Carpathian Basin. Today, if you wish to enjoy a horse ride, do it in Hungary! The nation is full of horse farms, providing well-built horses and riding courses. The quality of service offered is impeccable too. The top 3 equestrian parks of the country are Tanyacsárda, Hétkúti Wellness Hotel and Horse Park, and Kabala Stud.
2. Hungary has the largest lake in Central Europe
Lake Balaton is what we are talking about! Acting as a resort centre for the Hungarian aristocracy, this 80-kilometer long water body has been a favourite of locals since centuries. Its water and mud have therapeutic properties, successfully eradicating nervous problems and Anaemia. The lake is shallow (except on the north shores), and thus suitable for kids.
3. Want to become a great writer? Touch this statue in Budapest!
The ‘Anonymous Statue’ has a surprising legend associated with it – whoever touches the shiny surface of the pen, is blessed with amazing writing abilities! Located at Budapest’s City Park, the statue was made by Miklós Ligeti, a contemporary sculptor. The statue depicts a historical figure with a hidden face under a hood, holding a pen. The sculptor has honoured a nameless yet famous storyteller by doing so!
4. The national dish ‘Goulash’ is pure comfort!
A popular dish of the nation, Goulash (gulyás) comes in diverse forms depending on the region it is offered in. The basic one stands somewhere between a soup and stew, and contains beef. The kettle-made Goulash is considered as the most authentic version. Step into ‘Budapest Bisztró’ located in the capital of the country, to relish this delicious dish.
5. Hungary is the best destination for sports lovers
Hungarians love sports! They have won numerous Olympic medals and are nearly experts in the field of swimming, gymnastics, kayaking and fencing. Like football is to Brazil, water polo is to Hungary. The locals are highly interested in water polo. If possible, become an audience to a LIVE match or a game. This will surely be a memorable experience!
6. Affordable country with low-priced public transport
The public transport system of Hungary is cheap and efficient, especially in Budapest. Buses run from 5:30 AM to 9:00 PM. The city buses aptly connect with long-distance trains, making them more reliable. Budapest has a metro system, making travelling easier. Trams are operational in certain cities like Szeged, Debrecen, and Miskolc. For hiring taxis, make sure you get in touch with reputed taxi companies only, as regular cabs in the street may overcharge you.
7. Enjoy a train ride on a train run by kids!
Yes, you read it right! There’s a train in Budapest called ‘The Children’s Railway’ that is run by children, under the supervision of railway workers. It was created after World War II and was initially named ‘Pioneer’s Railway’. It has seven stops, all of which are recreational spots. Spend some time in the on-site museum flaunting relics of the Communist era.