Hungary for a week – tasty and colorful

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Hungary – in the heart of Europe, without capricious, unstable in feelings weather, with the largest lake in this part of the continent. Strong competition for Croatia, but also for the Polish coast. The ideal at hand? Let’s discover the attractions of Hungary, whose people are said to be like pals to us! Friendly people, delectable cuisine and picturesque landscape. All this makes a trip to Hungary a chance to get the perfect balance of lazy relaxation and active sightseeing. Just the way we like it!

Hungary’s location in a temperate climate zone allows the country to be explored all year round. In the meantime, check out what we can’t leave out here…. because we’ve tried to gather as many impressions as possible from our trips to Hungary.

Hungary is also a fascinating place to travel by convertible car, offering many attractions and reasons to choose it as your destination. As a lover of roofless travel, we can share with you information on what to see and why Hungary is a great choice.

Budapest:

  • You definitely need to visit Budapest, the capital of Hungary, which is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
  • Buda Castle, St. Peter’s Basilica. St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hungarian Parliament are just some of the many beautiful buildings in Budapest.
  • Bathing in the famous Gellert or Szechenyi thermae is an unforgettable experience.

Lake Balaton:

  • It is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe and is an ideal place for relaxation and water sports.
  • The picturesque towns around the lake offer excellent vineyards and the opportunity to taste local wines.

Eger:

  • This charming town is famous for its beautiful landscapes and excellent Egri Bikavér (Bykery of Eger) wine.
  • You can explore the old town, including Eger Castle and the cathedral.

Pushta:

  • Hungarian Pushta is a flat area where you can learn about the traditions of Hungarian cowboys, known as “csikós.”
  • Horse performances, horse-drawn carriage rides and tastings of traditional foods are part of the attractions.

Etyek-Budai Grapevine:

  • If you are a wine lover, be sure to visit the Etyek-Budai Winery, which offers excellent wines and beautiful scenery.

Culture and History:

  • Hungary has a rich history and culture, which is evident in its many museums, art galleries and monuments.
  • You should also try traditional Hungarian cuisine, such as goulash and langos.

Why Hungary and not another country? Hungary has much to offer travelers, especially those who appreciate its rich history, culture, beautiful landscapes and delicious food. It’s also a great place to travel by convertible car, as it offers many scenic routes and views that are sure to make your trip more enjoyable. Hungary is relatively easy to reach, and its hospitality and friendliness to tourists will make you feel right at home.

But Hungary is not only monuments and beautiful scenic spots, it is also excellent cuisine…. So let’s start with what we ask right after the start of the expedition, which is what time the food will be!

The flavors of Hungarian cuisine are recognized around the world. Among her favorite ingredients are peppers, onions and garlic. Besides, Hungarians, in love with spices, do not spare cumin, saffron and pepper. The most popular dish is porkolt, served in various compositions. The dish is a kind of meat stew, stewed in a small amount of sauce, with the addition of potatoes and watered down with a fair amount of water. The perfect accompaniment to a filling dinner would be tokaj, which is a traditional sweet white wine. Hungarian cuisine is not only tasty, but also rich in tradition and history. It is characterized by distinct flavors, often using spices, peppers and meat. Here are some key elements of Hungarian cuisine:

Goulash (gulyás): This is probably the most iconic Hungarian dish. Stew is a thick meat soup made with beef or lamb, peppers, onions, and potatoes. It is often served with pieces of bread.

Pörkölt: This is another popular meat dish that, like stew, uses peppers and onions. The difference is that pörkölt is stewed without adding water, so it is denser. You can find it with pork, beef or poultry meat.

Langos: This is a type of fried dough that can be served as an appetizer or main course. Traditionally, they are sprinkled with garlic, cream cheese and cream sauce.

Hortobágyi palacsinta: This is a type of pancake stuffed with meat (usually chicken), mushrooms and paprika sauce. This dish is a classic example of Hungarian cuisine.

Kolbasz: Hungary is famous for producing a variety of sausages, which are often eaten as snacks or side dishes.

Rakott krumpli: This is a baked dish with layers of potatoes, eggs, sausage and cheese. It is very filling and tasty.

Fish dishes: Hungary also has many tasty fish dishes, especially from Hungarian rivers and lakes.

Wine: Hungary is famous for producing excellent wine, especially sweet Tokaj wine. It is worth trying different varieties of wine during your visit.

Desserts: Hungarian cuisine also has many delicious desserts, such as Dobosz cake (Dobos torta), somlói galuska (cake with whipped cream and nuts) and apple strudel.

Paprika: Paprika is an integral ingredient in many Hungarian dishes. Hungary is famous for producing paprika in various varieties, as well as for preparing red peppers in dried or ground form.

Therefore, Hungarian cuisine is full of flavor and tradition. If you’re a lover of meat, spice and distinctive dishes, you’re sure to appreciate the wealth of culinary experiences Hungary offers. Hungary is also a well-known wine producer and has many wine regions that offer excellent wines. Here are some of Hungary’s most important wineries and types of wine:

Tokaj: Tokaj is Hungary’s most famous wine region and is particularly famous for its production of sweet Tokaji Aszú wine. The wine is often referred to as the “king of wines” or “wine of kings” and has a long production history dating back centuries. Tokaj is also a region with many wineries, such as the Disznókő winery and the Royal Tokaji winery.

Eger: Eger is another major wine region of Hungarian wine production. It is known for its Egri Bikavér red wine, which is sometimes called “the blood of heroes.” The quality of wines from Eger is excellent, and vineyards like St. Andrea or Thummerer offer excellent wines.

Villány: Villány is a wine region known for producing excellent red wines, especially from the Cabernet Sauvignon variety. It is one of the warmest places in Hungary, which is conducive to ripening grapes and creating full and rich wines. Wineries like Gere Attila and Vylyan are highly recommended.

Szekszárd: This is another wine region specializing in red wines, especially from the Kadarka variety. Szekszárd is considered the cradle of Kadarka and offers many wineries that produce this unique wine.

Balaton: The region around Lake Balaton is known for producing a variety of wines, including white, red and rosé wines. Lakeside vineyards offer beautiful views and excellent wine.

Somló: This is a small wine region of volcanic origin, where white wines are produced, particularly from the Furmint variety. Kreinbacher Vineyard is one of the leading producers of wines from the region.

It’s worth noting that Hungary has many other wine regions, each with its own unique grape varieties and winemaking styles. This is a great opportunity to discover the variety of Hungarian wines and visit different wineries while traveling around the country. After such an introduction, are you wondering whether to embark with us on an Expedition in Hungary! A week of excellent fun, full of beautiful sights, excellent cuisine and wine…. only in the pilot edition, of course! More information will soon be available on our pages under the events tab. Stay tuned, the number of seats is limited!

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