In the 9th century, the Magyars - a group of tribes from the region north of the Black Sea - arrived in the Carpathian Basin of modern-day Hungary. Over a millennium later, the 10 million residents of this central European nation still know their home as Magyarország (the "Land of Magyars"), and speak a unique language unrelated to any other major European tongue.
Today, Hungary is known as a land of rolling hills, of vast grasslands, and of one of Europe's most picturesque capital cities. You'll stroll the streets of Budapest, "take the waters" in natural hot springs, and enjoy vibrant musical traditions in the birthplace of Béla Bartók - and you'll do it all with ease and comfort at our Hungary vacation rentals.
Landlocked between Slovakia and Ukraine to the north, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Romania to the east, and Slovenia and Austria to the west, Hungary is well-connected by air, rail, river, and road to the rest of central Europe. Take a flight into Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, sail in on the Danube River, or drive the short distance from Bratislava, Vienna, or Zagreb.
Your visit begins in Budapest, the capital city that has been at the center of Hungary's turns as a medieval kingdom, a part of the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires, a Soviet satellite, and an independent member of the European Union. The Danube separates the western reaches of Buda from the eastern side of Pest, creating a stunning metropolis for café-hopping, bathing, and admiring Art Nouveau architecture. Take a tour of the Hungarian Parliament Building, or spend your days unwinding with the locals in the Széchenyi or Gellért Thermal Baths.
Head west from the capital to relax on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in central Europe at 229 square miles. Spend summer days swimming, lounging on the beach, or taking a short detour to Lake Hévíz - a mineral-rich oasis that ranks as the world's largest natural thermal lake.
To the east of Budapest is the lovingly preserved town of Eger, an epicenter of local wine and Baroque architecture. Up in the country's northeasternmost reaches, you'll find hundreds of fascinating caves to tour at Aggtelek National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the border with Slovakia.
Come and make yourself at home in the heart of Europe - reserve one of our Hungary vacation rentals for a romantic trip or spa retreat you'll never forget!
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