Hungary

Posts on Hungary by Kyle the Vagabond:

Overview:

Home to the Magyars, Hungary still proudly holds on to its unique heritage in the heart of Central Europe. With a language and culture distinctly different than that of surrounding nations

Buda Castle lt up at night, Budapest

once under the crown of the Habsburg’s, Hungary to this day remains a charismatic bridge between Central and Eastern Europe. It’s brilliant capital city of Budapest is home to monumental architecture, traditional Hungarian cuisine around every street corner, and all set along the mighty Danube River that bisects the tow former cities. Overall, modern day Hungary is a fascinating look into a nation that maintains its unique heritage even through long-term political and ideological occupation.

Currency:

Forint; Exchange Rate: $1 =220 Forint (Sept. 5,  2010). For currency conversion info visit xe.com

When to Go:

Not surprisingly, winter in Hungary is cold, dark, and bleak. Summers can be hot and crowded, particularly in July and August, and the shoulder seasons of spring and fall are the best times to visit. Spring can be a little wet, but the crowds are minimal and the wildflowers and pastures are at their most vibrant state. hungary_map_update

The Vagabond’s Personal Top Picks:

1. Stand atop Gellert Hill and the Liberation Monument, Budapest

A raised perch with a stunning view of the capital city and the Danube, the Liberation Monument is a massive structure erected in 1947 to commemorate the end of a fascist regime.

2. Tour the Hungarian Parliament, Budapest

Not only is it the most expensive building ever built in Hungary, but it is wildly expansive, with nearly 700 rooms and 10 separate courtyards.

3. Unwind in a cafe on the Vati utca, Budpaest

The heart of Budapest’s downtown, this bustling promenade offers superb people watching and is smack in the physical heart of the bustling capital city.

Posts on Hungary by Kyle the Vagabond:

Bridges, Baths, Budapest (2004)

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