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Introducing Hungary

Discover Hungary.
Hungary wears its history on its sleeve. You can see it as you walk the streets of Budapest, a grand European capital and kaleidoscope of architectural styles from Gothic to neo-renaissance. The country's timeline is long: it started as a Christian kingdom in the Middle Ages, eventually rising to become the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 18th century. Hungary's once-great geopolitical power may have dimmed, but it hasn’t lost any of its splendor. Indeed, it’s the perfect Central European country to explore and discover.

When is the best time to visit?
If possible, avoid the summer crowds and winter chill, and travel during the shoulder seasons instead: March-May and September-November offer mild temperatures and fewer fellow travelers to contend with. But if you do visit in winter, it will make a dip in Budapest’s famous thermal baths all the more enjoyable (water temps hover in the 90°F/32°C range).

Where should you go?
Budapest is a must-visit. First, there are the capital city's many thermal springs, the biggest of which is the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath. You'll also want to see the late-19th-century Great Market Hall: with three stories to peruse, this is Budapest’s largest market. Here you’ll find everything from fresh produce and cured meats to spices and Hungary’s famous Tokaji sweet wines. The 100-year-old Parliament Building is another gem and features 609 rooms.

You can also head out of the capital and enjoy the postcard villages of Tihany and Tapolca. Outdoors enthusiasts should travel to Bükk National Park, located in the northeast of the country—it has limestone cliffs and a network of over 1,000 caves and archeological sites.

How many days do you need?
If you base yourself in Budapest you should be able to enjoy a comprehensive Hungarian holiday in seven days or less. It’s only a two-hour drive from Budapest to the northeast and Bükk National Park—this is a small gem of a country that makes a perfect trip for travelers with limited time.

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Trip Reviews for Hungary

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Florin is at the top of his profession as a tour guide!
Hungary | May 12 - May 19, 2023

William
William B.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on May 24, 2023
9 fantastic days with Florin! Travels through Bulgaria , Romania and Hungary were very spacious & comfortable in his large passenger van, we named “Bluey!” Florin is very knowledgeable with the history of the castle & citadels & the beautiful cities we got to explore. We began to feel like he was more a friend / younger brother than tour guide! We shared dinners together, stories of places we’ve traveled & yet to visit! He was mindful of my getting carsick, stopped at all the best gas... Read more

9 fantastic days with Florin! Travels through Bulgaria , Romania and Hungary were very spacious & comfortable in his large passenger van, we named “Bluey!” Florin is very knowledgeable with the history of the castle & citadels & the beautiful cities we got to explore. We began to feel like he was more a friend / younger brother than tour guide! We shared dinners together, stories of places we’ve traveled & yet to visit! He was mindful of my getting carsick, stopped at all the best gas stations for restroom, coffee, & a coke! Oh and lots of stops if I wanted a photo of flowers!!! Also, found me the best asiago cheese bread for snacks on the road trip between cities!
Florin is the “BEST TOUR GUIDE” in our experience! We hit 71 while on this trip. Already talking with him about our next adventure! He only works with top notch drivers & local guides if he needs someone with more expertise of a city than he.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Tresor le Palais
Timisoara

The Hotel Tresor le Palais in Timisoara was extremely nice and upscale. We had a great stay there.

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Noblesse Boutique Hotel
sibiu

Florin booked us at the Noblesse Boutique Hotel which was very clean. We enjoyed our stay there and had no problems.

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Yantra Hotel
Veliko Tarnovo

The Yantra Hotel was in the heart of Veliko Tarnovo and was very luxurious. We loved our stay there.

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Activity Reviews
On the way from Brasov to Sibiu stop and visit  Sighisoara Citadel
On the way from Brasov to Sibiu stop and visit Sighisoara Citadel
Hungary

Florin took us to Sibiu and we were amazed by the beautiful, storybook-like village. We really enjoyed our time there.

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 Bucharest city tour
Bucharest city tour
Bucharest

Florin took us on a city tour of Bucharest and specifically catered to our interests in the communist history of the country. We even visited Ceausescu's mansion which was fascinating!

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 Marvel at the Citadel of Veliko Tarnovo
Marvel at the Citadel of Veliko Tarnovo
Hungary

The Citadel of Veliko Tarnovo was fabulous! The town is built into a mountain and is full of quaint stores and restaurants. We really enjoyed our time there.

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Transfer from the airport and Sofia tour
Transfer from the airport and Sofia tour
Hungary

Florin picked us up from the airport and gave us a tour of Sofia. He was very attentive and informative, making it a great start to our trip.

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Bucharest to Brasov with Peles Castle, Bran Castle and Brasov walking tour
Bucharest to Brasov with Peles Castle, Bran Castle and Brasov walking tour
Hungary

Florin heard me say I collect rock everywhere we go, especially ones that are shaped like a heart! When we came down from exploring the castle, he handed me a rock that had a heart on the rock!

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Local specialist: Florin Preda
Florin
Florin Preda
Local specialist in Bucharest | Replied on May 26, 2023

Dear Michelle and Threy (William ),

It was a pleasure to meet you and thank you for your kind words.
It means a lot to me coming from you (after 71 private tours)
Hopefully, we are going to meet again sometime in the future.

Have a great summer,
Florin