Dec 22nd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Moments in Magyar: Hungary Is Ready for Senior Visitors

Why Hungary? Well, there are several reasons. I have an Hungarian friend so this blog will have special meaning to me as I seek to better understand what draws senior tourists to that country and what draws Ella back to her homeland at least once a year. I did write a blog earlier on Budapest and that is one great reason to visit that country but have discovered that there are many more.  So let’s leave the capital and check out some other super sites and things to see and do around Hungary.

For centuries Hungary has been a nation in flux, its territories expanding or diminishing through a series of invasions, occupations and liberations. It is today undergoing yet more change after emerging from 40 years of life behind the Iron Curtain. So let’s take a trip to Magyarorszag, (as Hungarians call their country)

Hungary brings many images to mind: forbidden Eastern Europe, coffee houses, and Hapsburg Empire. It has all that yet a hidden side as well…eco-tourism and adventure. These might not be associated with this rural, beautiful country, but maybe it’s time to change that.

Hungary, officially the Republic of Hungary, is a landlocked country. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. The capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary’s location in the center of Europe along with its hospitable attitude makes it one of the best places from which to embark on an Eastern European journey. It is both European and distinctly Hungarian, incorporating a mixture of history and the present-day. The country proudly upholds its traditions, culture and arts, but is attentive to what is new and fashionable in the outside world.

There are 22 wine regions to visit in Hungary.  Where should we start? The heirloom grapes from Hungary’s Lake Balaton are unlike any other in the world—and the local wines remain utterly authentic. Most seniors have heard of Tokay – the toast of pontiffs and tyrants alike, and famously dubbed the “king of wines and the wine of kings” by Louis XIV of France. It is one of the world’s finest dessert wines.

This small country is one of the oldest European countries, situated in the middle of the continent in Central Europe. Hungarians speak a language and form a culture unlike any other in the region: this distinctiveness has been both a source of pride and an obstacle for more than 1100 years. This is a country:

- which boasts one of the world’s most beautiful cities: Budapest, the “Pearl of the Danube”

- where 2000 year old Roman ruins and 400 year old Turkish monuments can be found side by side

- where Central Europe’s largest fresh water lake – Balaton – is located, providing a natural paradise – where hundreds of therapeutic mineral springs gush up from the depths.

Size isn’t everything! Hungary may be a small country, but it packs an awful lot within its borders. There is diversity in its landscape, which ranges from flat and grassy plains to lush peaks and valleys, and in its culture, which makes room for both traditional wooden churches and vibrant modern nightclubs. The natural, cultural and historical riches to be experienced in Hungary are reflected in its high concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Seniors Find Enjoyment From Goulash to Thermal Baths

Hungary is famous for its magnificent landscapes, rich cultural heritage, goulash and warm hospitality. Set off on a magical journey of discovery. Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is also known as the “Queen of the Danube”. With its rich history and unique cultural inheritance, the city has kept its old magic and charm intact. Over a hundred thermal springs and twelve thermal baths await you. Don’t miss a visit to the stalactite-filled caves in the city itself and be sure to partake of the traditional Hungarian specialities and traditional coffeehouse culture. In the “City of Rivers”, you will find an atmospheric Old Town featuring beautiful Baroque buildings and other fascinating architecture.

While Budapest has lots of tourists, there are many other cities that catch the eye of senior travelers to this country. Golfaholics will find plenty of championship and three par courses, many built around lakes.  You should also consider a stop in Gyõr, whose position on the Vienna–Budapest railway line makes it an easy diversion.

Vacations to Go has a variety of tours to Hungary. You will probably arrive in Budapest so here’s a list of some good hotels to choose from. Go Hungary Tours will take you all over the country if you so desire. Rhapsody Tours will even provide you with an Hungarian Rhapsody with visits usually up to 11 days. Affordable Tours can save you up to 30% on your trip to eastern Europe. Viator has 26 choices all in Hungary. Lastly Absolute Tours features absolute walks in all the major sites in Hungary, so if you enjoy walking, this may be the one for you. Seniors, kellemes kirándulás Magyarországon – (Have a great trip to Hungary) - jeb

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