Hungary: 5 Beautiful Cities

Hungary's capital

Hungary is an Eastern European landlocked country in the Carpathian Basin. It is one of the top tourist destinations on the continent, with Budapest, the capital, being one of the world's most beautiful cities. Although the country is relatively small, it has several other cities that are attractive and worth visiting.

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Even though it may seem a bit far off, Hungary is one of Europe's best travel destinations. Due to its EU and Schengen membership, the country has the same entry rules as most of the continent. Hungary has seven neighboring countries, including three that are Schengen members: Austria, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

The Hungarian language, similar to Estonian and Finnish, is somewhat of a mystery, and it has little in common with any of its neighbors. I would recommend learning a few Hungarian words or phrases like Szia (hello), Jó Napot kivánok (good day), Köszönöm (thank you), or Köszönöm szépen (thank you very much). It will make you happy as you travel through Hungary and would be greatly appreciated, especially by older people who are unlikely to be fluent in English. The following are my top five favorite Hungarian cities.

5 Beautiful Cities You Should Visit in Hungary

1. Budapest

Budapest is one of Hungary's most well-known tourist destinations, and it is ideal for a visit during any season. Divided into two halves – Buda and Pest – it packs beautiful buildings, indigenous wines, and huge boulevards into its Danube-straddling footprint. The city is known as the "Paris of the East" because of its scenic setting and architecture.

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2. Debrecen

Budapest's second-largest city, Debrecen, has a rich history, a vibrant culture, and natural beauty. All major tourist attractions and sights in Debrecen are easily accessible on foot. The city is also the gateway to Hortobágy National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stunning natural rock formations dating back ten thousand years and rare flora and fauna.

3. Eger

Eger, lying on the hills of the Bükk Mountains, is famous for its medieval fortress and red wine, Egri Bikavér. Once dominated by the Ottoman Empire, it now boasts numerous beautiful Baroque buildings, cozy streets lined with cafes, and the picturesque Dobo Square. You may think that Eger is a small town that you can explore in a half-day, but three days may not even be enough to enjoy it fully, even in the winter.

4. Győr

Győr is the largest city in northwestern Hungary, halfway between Budapest and Vienna. It is also known as the City of Water because it is located on the banks of the Rába River and has thermal water resources. As a result, the city is a popular starting or ending point for boat or canoe excursions.

5. Esztergom

Esztergom, Hungary's former capital, is the seat of the Hungarian Catholic Church and home to architectural treasures such as the Royal Castle Palace and the Basilica, the third-largest church in Europe, standing on the banks of the Danube overlooking Slovakia. The city lies on the border between Slovakia and Hungary.

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