Budapest – one of the world’s most beautiful cities - has succeeded in preserving its soul, although the city has been rapidly modernised in recent years. Today the river Danube, the old Art Nouveau palace and the wide boulevards have been joined by gourmet restaurants and trendy bars. This is where those who are interested in history or likes to party come - and anyone who wants to relax in the city’s many steam baths.
Welcome to Hungary
Hungary does not have a coast anymore but it does have the Hungarian Sea, otherwise known as Lake Balaton. The lake has been popular since the Magyar tribes first galloped into the Carpathian Basin in 896 and shows no signs of losing its appeal. Around the 77 kilometre long lake is a collection of towns and resorts. Hévíz-Balaton Airport is situated 20 kilometres from Keszthely at the southern end of the lake. From there, hire a car or take a bus and explore some of the resorts. Balaton is not one single town but a collection of resorts dotted along the shore, each with its unique character: Balatonfüred’s elegant spa, Tihany’s abbey, Siófok’s nightlife, Keszthely’s history, Hévíz’s giant thermal lake and of course, all manner of water sports on the lake itself.