The northern reaches of Hungary offer the height of civilization in Budapest as well as natural wonder in the hills and greenscapes of the Danube River valley and the mystery of the underworld within Aggtelek National Park. There are also several flourishes in the region left by the Romans.
The southern environs of Hungary embody the great natural beauty of the country as well as some of its best weather. The towns of Kecskemet, Pecs and Szeged are the major metropolitan areas of Southern Hungary. Kecskemet has more than 100,000 people but still boasts the feel of a hamlet with its wide-open spaces, broad avenues and Art Nouveau buildings. Pecs has a Mediterranean feel but nods to many other cultures given its place about 20 miles from Croatia, its early history of Roman rule, and its subsequent occupation by the Turks.
Visitors to Western Hungary delight in the authenticity of regal castles and cathedrals from bygone eras as well as some of the most alluring natural phenomena in all of Hungary. Whether seeking a holiday of leisure, adventure or healing, visitors find pleasure and rest in Sopron, Gyor, the Lake Balaton region and elsewhere in Western Hungary.
Two cities waltz along the banks of the Danube. Buda is an Old World beauty adorned with the treasures of the Royal Palace and Hungarian National Gallery. Her partner Pest holds the Hungarian crown jewels in the Parliament building, as well as a holy relic in St. Stephen's Basilica.
The grasslands of Southern Hungary's steppe are perfect for hiking and bird-watching. The city of Pecs was named a "European Capital of Culture," while the near- Mediterranean climate and sheltered hills of Villany have given rise to one of the country's best-known wine regions.
Breathtaking views enhance the gothic and baroque architecture of Sopron. Gyor on the Danube bears evidence of Celtic origins and Roman rule. Balatonfured is considered a place of healing due to its 11 natural springs and proximity to Lake Heviz, the largest thermal lake in Europe.