Over ten million tourists a year fly into Hungary making it one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Hungary is a diverse and beautiful country with low mountains, the largest natural grasslands in Europe with rivers and lakes, including Lake Balaton the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, popular for its fishing, hiking and spas. The country is brimming with picturesque, historic villages and cities to explore.
The capital city of Budapest on the banks of the River Danube was formed when Buda on the west side of the river and Pest on the east bank were united in 1873. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, a UNESCO world heritage site and the former capital of the extensive Austro-Hungarian Empire until the country declared itself an independent republic at the end of the First World War, it's architecture is imposing and historic. One of the most noticeable buildings is the huge baroque Buda Castle, a former Royal Palace with 203 rooms.
Away from the capital, Eger city in the north nestles at the foot of the Matra Mountains famous for its thermal springs. Why not visit the wine-growing villages of Pecs, a small gem in Transdanubia or Toka on the edge of the world heritage site, the Zemplen Hills and Sopron. Historic 17th and 18th century towns like Szentendre and Gyor are bustling tourist attractions and Szegaed is the largest city on the southern plains famous for its salami, flavoured with Hungarian paprika and fish.
International flights to Hungary arrive either at the country's second largest city Hajdu-Bihar at Debrecan (DEB) airport, Sarmellek (SOB) in Zala or at Budapest's Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) named after the pianist who vies with Bartok for the accolade as Hungary's greatest composer.
Budapest is famous for its excellent public transport system with both direct local trains and buses running straight from the airport into the city centre. The city's tram network is extensive, reliable and runs the world's longest passenger trams at 54m (177ft). There are also three metro systems with a fourth under construction. The metro is continental Europe's oldest underground railway with the original stations remaining little changed since they were built in the 19th century.
There are three main railway terminals in Budapest, the east, west and south bound with domestic and internal rail services. The city is one of the main stops on the romantic Orient Express route. A hydrofoil service also operates from Budapest and runs up the river to Vienna in Austria.
Direct Hungary flights leave regularly from UK airports including Gatwick (LGW), Luton (LTN) and Heathrow (LHR) in London, Leeds Bradford (LBA), Bristol (BRS) and Birmingham (BHX). You can find cheap flights to Hungary by using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.