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.
European getaways are often associated with high costs, and when you’re talking about cities like London, Madrid, or Paris, that is often true. However, if you stay away from the traditional European hot spots, you can find destinations that are much friendlier on your wallet while still providing that old world European charm. Many of these places give even the best budget destinations in the world a run for their money.
Though you can find bargains all over the continent, Eastern and Central Europe, in particular, provide a lot of bang for your buck. These regions also have many lesser known, and therefore less busy, destinations just waiting to be discovered.
*All costs have been estimated using Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, and hotel booking site Booking.com.
1. Sofia, Bulgaria
The majority of visitors to Bulgaria head to the popular coastal regions, but the country’s historic capital is worth spending a few days in.
Do you get more excited about visiting a place when you find out that it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage? Well, we definitely do, because the certification proves that the given site is of immense value. Listed below you find our 8 Hungarian World Heritage Sites and also the reasons why they are special
According to vilagorokseg.hu, Hungary joined the World Heritage Convention in 1985 and included the conditions in the Hungarian rule of law in the form of a statutory rule. Two years later, the World Heritage Committee decided on the first Hungarian sites to be added to the collection.
Since the summer of 2002, Hungary is the proud owner of 8 World Heritage sites. Out of them, seven belong to the ‘cultural’ category while one is listed in the ‘natural’ category. We share two of the sites (Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, Fertő/ Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape) with our neighbours, Slovakia and Austria.
BUDAPEST: BANKS OF THE DANUBE, THE BUDA CASTLE QUARTER AND ANDRÁSSY AVENUE
Nicknamed the “Paris of the East,” Budapest is Hungary’s thriving capital city known for its thermal baths and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are plenty of cultural attractions to keep your itinerary full, including Castle Hill and its medieval history to beautiful churches, classic concerts and quaint outdoor cafes. From soaking in the city’s famous baths to river cruises down the Danube, here are the best things to do in Budapest.
Marvel at Buda Castle
Start your exploration of Budapest at Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 11th century when protective walls were created to keep Mongolian attackers out. Towering over the Danube, the 18th century Buda Castle is a massive 200-room palace that houses the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Make sure to see the other iconic landmarks on Castle Hill, such as Matthias Church, to admire its beautiful architecture and learn about its historical symbolism.
Soak in the Széchenyi Baths Considered a quintessential Budapest experience, you can’t leave the city without soaking in its thermal baths.
These eight splendid travel destinations are absolutely perfect for group travel – get the old squad together and off the Whatsapp Group Chat.
We all feel a warm, tender thrill when we are with people we love; there is something about the company we keep that makes otherwise dull life events extraordinary. That’s why, when it comes to life-changing travel plans, you should give serious thought to who you are traveling with: there’s nothing like sharing an adventure with family-and by that of course, I am including our closest friends; the family we choose!
These eight gorgeous spots are both relaxing and adventurous, absolutely perfect to bring out the wanderlust that’s in all of us and get the old friend-group off the Whatsapp Group Chat and on an adventure together. Take your friendship to epic heights and share memories like legends for years to come.
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is known for their world-class vineyards but there is much more to these rolling green hills.
The bustling area attracts international investors and diplomats
A classic beauty draped along the ancient Danube River, Budapest is a vibrant capital city and one of Europe’s most populous. It’s a global center of art, architecture, fashion, politics and commerce that attracts an international crowd. The city is marked by 23 districts, with District V at the business, political and historical center of Budapest.
“District V makes up the heart of Budapest, the political, financial, commercial and tourist center of Hungary,” said Kornélia Pásztor of Engel & Völkers Budapest. “The name of the district is Belváros-Lipótváros (Inner City-Leopold Town), referring to the two historical neighborhoods located in the district. Leopold Town was established in the early 19th century, and became the political and financial center of Hungary in the early 20th century when theHungarian Parliament was built.”
“The District V neighborhood is a totally different market than the rest of the city,” said Daniel Toth, co-founder of Matthew & Daniel’s Realty Budapest. “There is a limited number of homes, and there are no empty plots available where you can build new buildings.”
Magical Hungarian villages in all parts of the country provide great opportunity for peaceful relaxation and immersion in culture and history.
Magyarorszagom.hu reports that it is not necessary to go abroad to experience magical things as Hungary is abundant in breathtaking sites that are worth a visit. In the following, you can get to know 5 Hungarian villages that must be visited at least once when you are in Hungary. Get ready for the journey!
Jósvafő is located in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, along the Jósva stream. It is around 65 kilometres away from Miskolc, exactly in the middle of the Aggtelek National Park. It has a more than 600-year-old history: it was 1st mentioned in 1272 when it was already named Ilsuafey that refers to “being located at the root of the stream”.
The village gives home to the Directorate of the Aggtelek National Park the karst formations and caves of which is part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage since 1995.
Fertőrákos is located in Győr-Moson-Sopron county. It is outstanding among other Hungarian villages because of its rich historical and cultural background.
Buzzfeed wrote about why it is worth visiting Hungary, highlighting festivals, different cities and traditions, hungaricums
If you google Hungary or Budapest, you will find numerous travel journals, videos, articles written by foreigners, telling you why Hungary and the capital city is worth a trip. Buzzfeed did as well, highlighting festivals, different towns and traditions, hungaricums, also providing the reader with useful tips related to each item.
1 – BUDA CASTLE
It is no wonder the Buda Castle is featured on the UNESCO World Heritage list, as it is possibly the most beautiful combination in the world, consisting of the hillside, architecture and the Danube. Tip: try and visit the castle district after sundown, the lights are magical at those hours.
2 – HORTOBÁGY
Hortobágy is the most plain-like plain not only in the Hungarian Great Plain but whole Europe. It is worth visiting because of the beautiful sunsets, the traditional Hungarian wells, and because of the trick shows of the Hungarian cowboys (‘csikós’). Tip: Check out the Nine-holed Bridge, the symbol of Hortobágy.