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Introduction and Information
A Brief Introduction to Hungary
Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist and holiday destinations in the world, with a capital city - Budapest - regarded as one of the most beautiful. Despite its relatively small size, Hungary has numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere reserves, Lake Heviz, the second largest thermal lake in the world, the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobagy). You can expect to find safe food and water, good safety and a generally stable political climate.
Hungarians are quite proud of their cuisine and most of the time not without good reason. Foods are usually spicy, but not hot by general standards, and it's tasty rather than healthy — many dishes are prepared with lard or deep-fried. The national spice is paprika, made from ground sweet bell peppers and which has some flavor when fresh. The national dish is, of course, goulash, but Hungarians call the thick paprika-laden stew known as goulash elsewhere by the term porkolt and reserve the term 'gulyas' for a lighter paprika-flavoured soup.
The area surrounding Lake Balaton in Hungary has been attracting visitors since the 19th century to admire the beautiful landscape that has now been declared as a National Park. Hikers, nature lovers, photographers and painters all agree that the panoramas around the lake are the best in Hungary with forests, small towns, beaches and vineyards all well worth visiting. The town of Balatonfured is on the northern shore, known as a health and spa resort and now famous for its parks and gardens.
A visit to Hungary would not be complete without seeing the capital city Budapest, offering centuries old architecture with modern life. Don't miss Buda Castle, Andrassy Avenue, the Opera, the Ottoman architecture of the Medicinal Baths, Statue Park with communist monuments and over 40 museums.