If you’re heading to Europe there is no way you can miss a visit to Budapest. The Hungarian capital is a great destination for culture, food, nightlife, and just about everything else you could look for in a vacation. With so many things to do in Budapest, it can be … Read More
While London, Paris, and Rome used to top most travelers’ must-visit European capitals list, people are finally recognizing the just-as-exciting and less-expensive city of Budapest. Though it’s become known for its ruin pubs (bars built in unused spaces), public baths, and escape rooms, Budapest is constantly coming up with unique and exciting things to do. Here’s what to do, what to see, and where to go while you’re in Budapest, Hungary.
Travelo.hu listed the most beautiful castles in the country; the trick lies in deciding which one you want to see first. Do you want to take a carriage ride along the black pines in Keszthely, maybe have a picnic and treat yourself to a wine tasting? Or do you want to get a glimpse of the life of count Almásy and his servants in Gyula? Or maybe you would rather start by experiencing the extravagance of 19th century aristocratic balls in Tolcsva? History lessons have never been this fun!
SZÉCHENYI CASTLE IN NAGYCENK
This castle is on our list mainly because its park was once the most popular venue for taking wedding pictures. Also, the rows of linden-trees in front of the entrance are so unique that they made it onto the UNESCO world heritage list. One and a half years ago a permanent exhibition was opened. This lets the visitors walk through the castle, room by room, and experience a day in the Count’s life.
The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest wine regions in the world, where you’ll find enchanting valleys and steep slopes that make it a premier wine destination. Just a short drive from Porto and its famous Port wine aged in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia across the river, the Douro Valley is home to grapes that create sweet red wines. Travel from Porto to Pocinho for a scenic train journey.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is one of the largest wine regions in Europe. It’s captivating combination of history, medieval culture and delectable local cuisine make it popular for non-wine enthusiasts, while those looking to indulge in a glass of vino are spoiled with the region’s elegant blends. Fermenting grapes since the 8th century, you can go on guided tours on foot, boat or bike through the picturesque wine country that produces sweet white wine.
Piedmont is a beautiful wine-growing region in the northwest region of Italy, where notable names like Barolo and Barbaresco dominate the region.
Here you’ll find five fantastic yet lesser known Hungarian World Heritage Sites, along with why they’re so special. On the other hand, Budapest – including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue – is not described in detail although it has UNESCO World Heritage status as you probably know why the capital is so sublime. So read on for the low-down about the five UNESCO ranked wonders @expatsintheloop find most fascinating.
1. The Tokaj Wine Region Historical Landscape
Known among the sommelier community for its unique grape cultivation and “aszu” production, Tokaj is regarded as a world heritage site based on its landscape and traditional land use as well as its methodology in wine tradition that has survived intact for a thousand years.
This intact universal property value that meets UNESCO’s criteria includes specific environmental conditions conducive for wine growing as well as long term settlements that reflect cultural heritage in terms of ethnic diversity and long-standing cellars still in use for wine production.