Visiting Hungary’s wineries from Budapest makes a fascinating day out for anyone interested in sampling fine wines and reveling in the untamed landscape of mountains and undulating plains.
The thermal waters coursing under Budapest have been in use as far back as the Romans, but Budapest’s bath culture is often associated with the Ottomans who occupied Hungary in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are three historic Turkish baths still in operation in Budapest.
Although Budapest is one of the less expensive cities in Europe, there is so much to see and do that expense soon starts to mount up. The best way doing justice to the myriad museums, galleries and sights of Hungary’s capital is to invest in a sightseer’s Budapest Card.
Before I took the Private Budapest Communist History Walking Tour, I knew very little about life behind the Iron Curtain. As a small child, I’d seen Soviet life depicted on television reports, but I questioned the accuracy of the black-and-white footage of people queuing up to buy bread that was so frequently showed in the west. All I really knew that Hungary’s “Goulash Communism” that dominated from the 1960s onward was more lax than what was found in other parts of the Eastern Bloc.