Where is Hungary? Hungary lies in Central Europe in the Carpathian Basin. To the north of Hungary is Slovakia, to the east it meets Romania, to the south it touches borders with Serbia, to the west of it lies Slovenia, to the southwest lies Croatia, to the northeast is Ukraine and to the northwest lays Austria. Its capital is Budapest, which is also the largest city. Hungary is a NATO, European Union, Visegrad Group and OECD member.
Where is Hungary historically? It has been occupied by the Celts, Romans, Gepids, Huns, Avars, and Slavs over the centuries and its foundation was laid by the Hungarian grand prince in the late 9th century. Its current borders were established after World War l by the Treaty of Trianon and it became a democratic republic in 1989. It attracts over 10 million tourists each year and has the largest thermal cave system and second largest thermal lake in the world, Lake Heviz. It is also home to the largest lake in Central Europe, Lake Balaton and Europe's largest natural grassland, the Hortobagy National Park. Hungary is spread over an area of 93,030 square kilometers.
From historic relics to grand architectural buildings, there are many places to visit in Hungary and things to do which keeps tourists on their toes. There are many places to explore in Budapest alone. Starting from the historic Castle Hill, take a Danube Cruise to explore the scenic beauty of Buda and Pest. Shop at the Central Market Hall or relax on one of the baths in Budapest, which are famous all over the world.
Then, take a walk over the Chain Bridge, which connects Buda and Pest or stroll along the Andrassy Avenue to the Heroes' Square, which is also called the Paris of the East. Visit the picturesque town of Kecskemet en route to Szeged from Budapest, which is home to several museums and many varieties of fruit brandy. Visit the Hungarian National Museum to learn about the rich history of the area.
One of the most interesting places to visit in Hungary is Pecs, which is the fifth largest city and home to one of Europe's oldest universities. You can spot many fine architecture marvels from the Ottoman period and bask in the glory of the 16th century mosque of Gazi Kaszim Pasha. Fishing in the River Tisza is another memorable experience while visiting the most colorful and oldest city Eger that lies towards the north of Hungary is also a must.