Hungary is a small land locked country in the centre of Europe offering a good mix of holiday destinations. If you are looking for the Great Outdoors then a trip to Lake Balaton would be an ideal choice. The nice resorts and shallow waters of the lake make this a great destination for a family holiday. If you are looking for a trip with a city vibe then the pretty capital, Budapest, would be an excellent choice. An alternative city holiday destination would be the southern city of Szeged.
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The capital of Hungary is a great destination for a coach tour if you are looking for a city break with culture, a dynamic feel and plenty to see and do. The city known as Budapest actually consists of three cities: Óbuda, the oldest section, with Celtic and Roman ruins on the Buda side of the Danube; Buda in the gently rolling hills on the western bank, famous for its historic Castle Hill and beautiful residential area; and bustling Pest with its shopping, government and commercial districts on the flat plain of the east bank. United in 1873, Budapest is renowned as the location of one of the most beautiful World Heritage sites.
The visitor will find side by side the remains of fortresses and buildings from Roman times, still operating Turkish baths, Gothic and Baroque buildings, and the incredibly rich Art Nouveau architectural heritage.
Szeged is called the "Sunny City" with 2100-hour sunshine per year. It is the biggest city of the Southern Great Plain, situated at the confluence of the rivers Tisza and Maros.
After the great floods of the "Blonde Tisza" in 1879, a well-planned new city was built. There are many wonderful buildings in Eclectic and Art Nouveau style. The traditional sparkling cultural atmosphere and the good schools of Szeged nurtured many a great writer, poet and scientist. The Nobel-prize laureate Albert Szent-Györgyi gained global renown when he separated pure vitamin C from paprika, the spice of Szeged.
Kecskemét is famous far and wide for the Kecskemét apricot brandy, the colourful Art Nouveau buildings decorated with ceramics and the Kodály method of musical education.
Fancy Palace, Kecskemét The famous buildings around the wide, impressive Kossuth Square are: the tile-roofed Town Hall, the 600 year-old Franciscan church of St. Nicholas, and the Great Church. The Cifrapalota (Fancy Palace), ornamented with colourful floral patterns, is an outstanding example of Hungarian Art Nouveau architecture. Inside, the works of Hungarian painters of the 19th and 20th centuries are displayed.
Lake Balaton coach tours are becoming ever more popular as more people discover this delighful area of Hungary. The "Hungarian Sea", is the people's name for the 50 mile long lake with silky green-yellow water in the middle of Transdanubia. Lake Balaton is one of Hungary's most precious treasures and most frequented resort. It is the largest lake in Central Europe. At its center, the depth is 52.5 ft. The southern shores are ideal for small children because of the shallow water. On the north shore the water gets deeper immediately. The summer water temperature of around 80 °F is warmer than the air in the morning and in the evening. The water and the silky mud of the lake are very good remedies for nervous complaints, anemia and nervous fatigue.
Rich vineyards in the region produce an assortment of excellent wines that go very well with the delicious local food. Large numbers of inns and restaurants welcome guests from home and abroad.