Lake Balaton, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Central Europe, has been a popular vacation destination in Hungary for centuries, and is the second most-popular destination for visitors to Hungary after Budapest. Whether you want to enjoy a thermal spa, be one with nature at a wildlife preserve, ride a jet ski or laze the day away in a boat on the lake, or sun yourself on the shore at one of the lake`s numerous beaches, there is something to interest everyone. Siofok, the most popular resort town, is one of the richest towns in Hungary and is the playground for all of Hungary`s top celebrities. Tourists also visit such towns as Balatonalmádi, Balatonfüred, Keszthely, Hévíz, and Zalakaros.
Budapest, Hungary`s capital, is two cities in one! Buda is on a hill and Pest is on a plain, with both sides separated by the Danube River and connected by four magnificent bridges. Budapest is one of Europe`s most delightful and enjoyable cities. It throbs with life morning, noon and night.
Transdanubia comprises roughly the western half of Hungary and includes many popular destinations and sights, such as Pannonhalma Archabbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the cities of Gyor and Pécs; spa towns such as Sarvar and Szekesfehervar; and of course the enduringly popular Lake Balaton.
The Great Hungarian Plain comprises much of eastern Hungary. It is known for such historic cities as Debrecen and Szeged, both integral places in Hungary`s fight for independence and to the country`s culture. Hortobagy National Park, Europe`s largest grassland, is also located here.