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Home Page > Travelogues > Hungary (a.k.a. Ungarn, Magyar)

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Click on the colored areas of the map to access a travelogue.  The colors indicate different regions of the Hungary -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook)

IntroductionHungary was once part of the dual-empire of Austria-Hungary, which Hungaryfelt apart after World War I.  This influence, combined with the decades of Soviet-era Communism, produced a country with strong ties to the West but saddled with having to rebuild from its recent past.

Hungary has plenty to be proud of and showcase.  Its capital, Budapest, is one of the largest and best-loved cities on the Danube River.  The west bank has Buda Castle and the Old Buda city, a wonderful walled city that's a major tourist draw.  The east bank is more modern with great shopping and all those Parliamentary and government buildings.  The environs include the beautiful town of Szentendre, the ancient Roman ruins of Aquincum, and the fabulous spa city of Godolloe.  Lake Batalon in the west is among the largest lakes in Europe and is become a favorite summer resort.  In the northeast, along the Carpathian Mountains is Eger, a fabulous citadel town with a classic market square and massive basilicas.

Lake Batalon rates number one on my "list" of places yet to visit.  I also hope to visit Gyor in the northwest, with its classic Danube downtown, plus visit some other cities on the Danube.

Travelogues.  The coloring of the locations on the map above indicate different locations in Hungary, as shown below.  

RED:  Budapest and Central Danube.  The Danube The Chain Bridge and Old Buda Castleis a plenty might river by the time it takes its southern turn from Slovakia and cuts through Hungary.  The capital city of Budapest is the main draw here, and I have three chapters to offer -- an introductory page, a page on the West Bank region of Buda with the Chain Bridge and Vajdahunyad Castle in the eastOld Buda Castle with the ancient city, and the East Bank region of Pest with its more modern architecture, the National Museums, the warrior monuments, and Budapests' famous bathhouses!  Further up river is the small town of Szentendre, which picturesquely overlooks the Danube and provides plenty of wonderful souvenir shopping opportunities. GREEN:  EGER.  The city of Eger is very special, and a popular attraction for local Hungarians.  It was the site where the The Beautiful Town of EgerMagyars first pushed the occupying Ottoman Turks out of their land in the late medieval era, but much of the Turkish influence remains amidst the gorgeous Austro-Hungarian market squares.  The main square is sandwiched between Eger Castle, a massive ruin looming over the city from where this photograph was taken, and St. Stephen's Basilica in the distance.  A worthy day trip for anyone visiting Hungary.

LinksThe below links connect you to external sites in a new window.  All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated.  These links will open to the Hungarian-language home page, which will offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content).  If an English language link is not available, click on the "Turizmus" section.  This is for the tourism page, which should have English content available.  Links updated 3 January 2006.

Country Links:

bullet Hungarian National Tourism Page 
bulletUS Embassy to Hungary
bullet US Consular Information Sheet to Hungary
bullet Hungarian Embassy to US 

City and Town Links:

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Budapest City Home Page

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Eger Home Page (Hungarian only)

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Szentendre Home Page (Hungarian only)

   
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