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There is so much to see and do in Budapest that you can be forgiven for spending your entire visit there, but those who go beyond the capital are richly rewarded.
Lake Balaton is a popular tourist destination among both international visitors and locals alike who are attracted by the abundance of spots to swim, fish, sunbathe, hike, cycle, or simply kick back and relax next to Europe’s largest fresh water lake.
Hungary doesn’t immediately spring to mind when one thinks of the world’s best wine regions, but it should. It boasts no fewer than 22 different wine-producing areas that yield a broad selection of wines, including the famous sweet Tokaji (Tokay.) It’s also known for many food products such as paprika, salami, marzipan, and foie gras. If you’re looking for ways to burn off some calories, try exploring the stalactites in Aggtelek Caves, or experience some of the 2,000 km of cycling trails.
Totally distinct from that of surrounding countries, Hungarian language and culture are unique. You’ll find music that appeals to every taste, from world-class opera performances, to open air jazz, to the 100-piece Gypsy Orchestra, not to mention enough fascinating art and architecture to fill a lifetime’s worth of vacations.
Finding flights to Hungary from Canada is easy because dozens of airlines fly there. Hungary has five international airports, but you’ll find the greatest selection on flights from Canada to Budapest (BUD.) From there you can fly domestically to Debrecen (DEB), Sarmellek (SOB), Gyor-Per (QGY), and Pecs-Phogany (QPJ) or take the train. Budapest is a major European hub that is served by all kinds of carriers both large and small including Air Canada, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, KLM, Lufthansa, and Malev, as well as budget airlines such as Ryanair and Wizz Air.
Hungary’s weather is mild so travellers can safely visit at any time of year. The country is at its best in the summer, but that also makes it the peak travel season. Shoulder seasons in spring and fall are great times to visit for those looking for lower airfares and accommodation rates, and fewer crowds. Winters are tame by Canadian standards. Average temperatures hover around freezing and when it does snow, it rarely stays on the ground.