Hungary

When: March 2016 for a 5-day getaway

Where: Szeged and Budapest

Relevant Posts:

Views of the Afternoon in Szeged, Hungary

Books & Bridges: Budapest for the Quiet Solo Traveller

Reasons to Go:

Architecture: Exploring magnificent Churches, castles and Parliamentary buildings will remind you of what Europe has that other continents don’t.

Cakes: There are so many Hungarian specialties that you can literally get a taste of the country’s culture through sampling these treats.

Folk Culture:  Try to watch some live folk dancing and check out the many antique craft shops around. If this isn’t your thing, you can always catch a thrilling game of ice hockey!

History: Hungary was inhabited by many different ethnic groups before becoming a Christian kingdom in the year 1000. Ottoman occupation was followed by Habsburg rule within the Austro-Hungarian empire, which incorporated land from the likes of modern-day Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The current borders were created after WW1. Occupation by the Nazis during WW2 was followed by four decades of Communist rule. Now Hungary is a democratic member state of the EU. Learn more about Hungarian life during and after WW2 at the House of Terror in Budapest.

Photography: Budapest is very walkable, the Buda side being particularly great for outdoorsy sorts looking for a leafy haven from where to witness picturesque views of the city. It’s also a safe and attractive place to go walking with your camera at night to capture the illuminated bridges, castles and Parliament that surround the river Danube.