Explore the wonderful country of Hungary
After 1100 years of repression and regeneration, Hungary now appears at ease with its new-found capitalist identity. The country's societal and economic foundation may still be Budapest, but travelers who skip the countryside for a brief tour of the capital will miss rolling hills with wine valleys to the north, a horseplay cowboy plain to the south, and a beach resort to the east.
Nevertheless Budapest is Hungary's capital with a huge population of 1,900,000 residents, and is quickly being discovered as Central Europe's most sophisticated city. Originally two separate cities, Budapest with the joining of Buda and Pest, soon becoming the most important Habsburg city after Vienna. The World War II destroyed the city, but the Hungarians rebuilt it from rubble with the same pride they retained while weathering the Soviet occupation. Neon lights and legions of tourists may draw attention away from the city's cultural and architectural gems - but beneath it all beats a truly Hungarian heart.
Close enough to Budapest to do a daytrip but lively enough to spend a week there is Eger, with a population of 58,200 people. Eger continues to seduce visitors with its charming cobblestone streets, mouth-watering delicacies, and contagious friendliness.
Pecs, with a population of 180,000, at the foot of the Mecsek mountains, is blessed with a pleasurable climate and stunning vistas and architecture. Outdoor activities in the surrounding region and an passionate nightlife fueled by university students make Pecs an attractive holiday destination.
In the perfect, far western region of Orseg, lively Gyor, overflows with religious monuments, well-kept museums, and 17th and 18th century architectural gems.
From shopping to sun tanning or hiking and sightseeing or simply relaxing in one of the baths, Hungary will not fail to thrill you.