HUNGARY

Here you can find all the Hungarian Travel Stories by Besides the Obvious.

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Spanning 93,030 square kilometers of the Carpathian Basin. It is bordered by Slovakia to the north. Ukraine to the northeast, Romania to the east and southeast, Serbia to the south. Croatia and Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west.

As you might know our mission is to share something relevant, something authentic, something real, something cool, something interesting, something personal & something different, via our travel stories & images. We are focusing on ideas from local sources, giving tips that are usually unknown for travelers and foreigners, guides to secret places which only the guy from the given neighborhood could know about, to the hidden picturesque view, with recommending everything besides the obvious: the local real feel, the adventure of discovering the unknown, the authenticity, culinary guide to the meals that locals are really cooking and eating at home, and much more. Hope you will read our Hungarian Travel Stories, feel inspired, and enjoy the journey, as much as we do!

Tátika Castle Zalaszántó

Tátika Castle – Zalaszántó

In this article, Tátika Castle – Zalaszántó, we would like to share with you a hidden medieval castle in the heart of Hungary, in Zalaszántó, the Tátika Castle – which is called in Hungarian: Tátika Fellegvár.

The medieval castle of Visegrád

Maybe the most emblematic building of Visegrád which is commonly just referred as the medieval castle of Visegrád, and with this emphasising the cultural value of the respect-demanding complex peaking on the top of the Várhegy. 1 About the medieval castle of Visegrád2 Danube Bend – Dunakanyar3 Entry fees4 How to get to Visegrád4.1 By …

The fishermen lake of Bokod – The Hungarian Bora Bora

1 A floating village on water2 The history of the lake3 How to visit the fishermen lake of Bokod4 Services around the lake of Bokod5 Where to stay around the lake of Bokod A floating village on water One of the hidden treasures of Hungary is the Fishermen Lake of Bokod (in Hungarian: Bokodi tó). …

Bory Castle, Székesfehérvár – The symbol of eternal love

The Bory Castle – in Hungarian is called the Bory-vár – is a special group of buildings in the Old Valley of Székesfehérvár, in the Mária Valley, built and decorated by Jenő Bory (1879–1959), an architect, sculptor and painter from Székesfehérvár, Hungary. 1 The history of Bory Castle in Székesfehérvár 2 About the architecture of …

What to do in Veszprém – Much more than handball

If you wonder what to do in Veszprém, you have arrived at the right site. The first thing you need to know is that Veszprém is a handball capital. Indeed, Veszprém is a very important town for worldwide handball but is much more than handball.  Probably, you have planned to visit the town as a …

The castle of Sümeg – The Hungarian medieval icon

The castle of Sümeg is one of the most interesting fortresses in Hungary. Even though it is still under renovation it is open again for visitors. Some works are going on the inner building façades but it is possible to visit and enjoy the activities inside.   1 Ready for visitors2 How to get to …

Szigligeti Vár – The Balaton Castle

Szigligeti Vár, the Balaton Castle, as many locals and tourists call it, is an impressive medieval fortress with awesome lake views. Actually, it is the only castle of its type visitable on the shore of Lake Balaton.  Click here for more information about Lake Balaton and discover one of its most hidden secrets! The castle dates …

The Hungarian Queen of the Vallbona Abbey

1 About the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vallbona2 The Hungarian Queen of Aragon3 How to get to Vallbona de les Monges4 Where to stay in Vallbona de les Monges5 What to visit around Vallbona de les Monges About the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vallbona Vallbona Abbey, otherwise the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vallbona (Catalan: Santa …

Interview with “Magyar Vándor” – the Hungarian Wanderer from Barcelona

For Hungarian version click here. A magyar verziót itt éred el. BTO – Could you please give us a short introduction to “Magyar Vándor Barcelona”? MV – The visitors to Barcelona have the opportunity to discover the mysteries of the city and the narrow alleys not known to everyone with the Hungarian-language tours led by …

magyar vándor barcelona

Interjú a Magyar Vándorral, Barcelónából

For the English version please click here. A Barcelonába látogatóknak lehetősége nyílik a “Magyar Vándor Barcelona” által vezetett magyar nyelvű túrákkal a város rejtélyeit felfedezni, a nem mindenki által ismert szűk sikátorokba betekinteni. Az élményt gazdagítják a város egyetlen idegenvezetői engedéllyel rendelkező magyar túravezető, Dani (aki immár 18 éve él a katalán fővárosban) szenvedéllyel teli …

Pogácsa - the Hungarian cheese biscuit

Pogácsa – The Hungarian cheese biscuit

Pogácsa, the Hungarian cheese biscuit – or as it’s simply called: ‘pogi’ – is one of the most popular baked biscuits in Hungary and all around the Carpathian – Pannonian Basin. Every kitchen makes its own version, everyone learned a version of the recipe usually from their mothers or grandmothers, and then adjusted it further …

Villany Besides the Obvious

Villány, wines and cellars in South Hungary – A European tour. Part V.

To speak about visiting Villány and its wines and cellars is just a pleasure. I am a wine lover. Actually, once open a time I wrote a novel about wines and honestly, I never had tasted a Villány wine before. That could sound contradictory but it’s not. As a Spanish guy I never heart about Villány before being personally …

Our top 20 places in 2020 – how & to where we were able to travel during the year of Covid-19…

2020 was not the year of traveling. Neither for us. We, who usually take every occasion to travel, whose everyday life looks like continuously checking options, calendars, travel deals, flight schedules, we also found ourselves in a new reality. The old days were gone, when ever we had free time, we just went to explore, …

Bordeaux Place de la Bourse

8 amazing non-capital cities to visit in Europe

Have you already visited all the big capital cities in Europe?! This is great! But let’s not forget that capitals are usually multinational melting points, and regardless of the amazing sightseeing spots, you can face many catchy tricks, standardized offers, a crowd of tourists, and less authenticity. As they say, to understand the real sense …

Where Joe Biden spent his honeymoon – Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton was mentioned related to where Joe Biden spent his honeymoon. As being Hungarian, always fills my heart with joy and pride when someone mentions my home country or when I can read some nice reviews from other travelers about their experiences in Hungary. Not to mention if they decide to visit Lake Balaton …

Budapest – Bucket list by a local, district by district – Top 44 things to do in the Hungarian capital

I’m usually reading bucket lists before traveling into a new city since the available time is limited, and I always want to be prepared which are the must-see places. And I do prefer the recommendations from locals. For me, it’s always more trustworthy, more reliable, as locals always know better their places, than a one-time …

Hévíz Besides the Obvious

El orgullo de Hungría: el lago Hévíz

El lago Hévíz (pronunciado “hey-wiz” que literalmente significa “hey-agua” en húngaro ☺️) es el segundo lago termal más grande del mundo, pero biológicamente el más activo de los lagos naturales. Además de eso, es el lago termal más grande de Europa. Impresionante, ¿no es así? A pesar de que visité incontables veces este lago en …

Villany Besides the Obvious

Tastant Villány, vins i cellers al sud d’Hongria

Sóc un amant del vi. En realitat, una vegada, vaig escriure una novel·la sobre vins i, sincerament, mai abans havia sentit a parlar del vi de Villány. Això pot sonar contradictori, però no ho és. De fet, a excepció de Budapest, Hongria (Magyarország per als hongaresos), tot i ser membre de la Unió Europea, és …

Hévíz Besides the Obvious

Hungary’s pride: Lake Hévíz

Lake Hévíz (pronounced ‘hey-wiz’ and literally means ‘hey-water’ in Hungarian ☺️) is the world’s second-largest thermal lake, but biologically the biggest active natural lake. Besides that it is the biggest thermal lake in Europe. Impressive, isn’t it? Even though I visited uncountable times this lake in my life, and indeed it’s very popular among locals, …

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