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For a quirky take on a European adventure set your sights on Hungary. It’s in the middle of everything – Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia – yet is a complete individual. The scenery, architecture, food and culture all bow to local tradition, providing endless tastes and sounds to enjoy in this exciting part of the continent.
From Roman ruins to Art Nouveau, the architecture here is a scenery in itself. Walk or ride through picturesque villages lined with sights and history to explore. Don’t forget the capital Budapest, where you can experience the wonders of the Basilica and the views of Gellért Hill. In the Castle District, check out the Royal Palace and other historic sites, before sinking your travel-weary bones into one of the city’s many thermal baths. Don’t forget to check out Ecseri piac, the huge flea market on the edge of Budapest.
If you fancy some fun in the sun, the town of Siófok, on the shores of Balaton, Europe’s largest lake, is like a freshwater version of Ibiza, with hordes of beautiful people and parties going strong all night.
Excuse the pun, but you better be hungry! There is more to Budapest than just goulash. Meat, cheese, pastry, they love it all, plus the country produces from great wine, including aszú, a sweet drop from the famous region of Tokaj.