Destinations/europe / Hungary

Hungary is positioned right in the centre of western and eastern Europe - bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. This makes it perfectly situated for a multi-country Europe tour itinerary! Like many of its neighbours, Hungary is a country of contrasts; pastoral countryside scenes against opulent architecture and communist-era decay against a thoroughly modern revival.

Hungary’s history goes back many centuries and nowhere is that epitomised more than the capital, Budapest. As the Habsburg Empire drew to an end in the 19th century, a sense of national pride swept through Hungary, and Budapest later became the second capital of the powerful Austro-Hungarian Empire. The region experienced a period of great prosperity, which is evident in Budapest's many grand buildings.

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe - often described as the ‘Paris of the East’, Budapest has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the banks of the River Danube, Budapest Castle and the Hungarian Parliament Building. It also has the second-oldest metro line in the world and more than 80 thermal baths and spas - perfect for relaxing in after a long day sightseeing around the city!

Expat Explore has several European tours that visit Budapest, including the Europe JewelBest of Europe and Taste of Eastern Europe. The Eastern Highlights and Croatian & Eastern Delights tours enjoy a two-night stay so that you have a full free day in the capital to explore to your heart’s content.