River Cruise: The Ultimate Shopping Shuttle

We cruised aboard the AMABella

You’ve done Paris, you’ve seen Rome but when’s the last time you’ve dug for vintage treasures in Budapest? Or shopped off-the-runway furs in Vienna? For true shopaholics looking to welcome 2015 with a (fashion) bang there’s no better place than Eastern Europe. With local Christmas markets popping up across the region, from big cities to small hamlets, it really is the most wonderful time of the ... Read Full Article

A Christmas Market River Cruise on the Viking Baldur

The Vienna Christmas Market set in front of the Vienna City Hall

My husband Bill and I were invited to take a cruise with Viking River Cruises and decided that a Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube could be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. Our 7 day cruise started in Passau, Germany and ended in Budapest, Hungary. This was our first river cruise on Viking. A few weeks before the trip, our documents arrived along with our full itinerary, ... Read Full Article

Warm Yourself in the Thermal Baths of Budapest

The Szecheyni Baths are classic and good for half a day

If you leave Budapest without soaking in a Hungarian thermal bath, you have cheated yourself of a memorable experience. Last visit, I found myself floating naked in a body-temperature pool under a 500-year old Ottoman dome pierced by jewel-colored glass “eyes”. The Rudas (ROO-das) bath experience left me as relaxed as I’ve ever been in my life, I have to say. The Turkish bath experience is all ... Read Full Article

Vintage Heaven in Budapest

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We’re just going to cut right to the chase on this one. If vintage fashion makes your heart beat a little faster, if you’re a treasure hunter, if you’re crazy for antiques, Budapest is THE shopping destination for you. What is a rarity in other parts of Europe, what takes painstaking research and relentless digging, is an overflowing fountain of vintage goodness in Budapest. Clothes, ... Read Full Article

Goulash Soup Recipe: Eating Hungarian with The Ravenous Traveler

Paprika by Takkk

Hungarian cuisine merges flavorful spices, such as paprika, with hearty stews and meat dishes, and a trip to Hungary wouldn’t be complete without sampling one of the country’s national dishes, Goulash Soup. Perhaps surprisingly, a lot of controversy surrounds goulash, and the definition of goulash changes depending on which Eastern European country you’re in. To find out why so many people are ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Budapest

St. George Residence In The Buda Castle

A city of almost 2 million, Budapest, Hungary is a great European cultural and financial center that offers a fantastic selection of hotels. When choosing where to stay in Budapest, note that the forint-to-dollar exchange rate works in the dollar’s favor, and many hotels come at an exceptional value. For this reason, our ‘where to stay’ options do not include a section for budget hotels. However, ... Read Full Article

Beautiful Budapest: a Bargain for Travelers

szechenyi baths are budapest's most famous and visited baths

Budapest is a bargain for  travelers: it is the new Prague. Western travelers are discovering this exciting city, and prices are still much lower than in Western Europe’s top cities. Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti summed up Budapest beautifully when he once said, “If you come from Paris to Budapest you think you are in Moscow. If you come from Moscow to Budapest, you think you are in ... Read Full Article

Hungary Tourist Information

Budapest Parliament Houses

  Hungarians have contributed some of the world's best musicians, world class cuisine and a glorious medieval legacy. Budapest is a cosmopolitan city of old lanes and flashy people and has a lot to offer to everyone. The surrounding countryside is dotted with castles, fortresses, monasteries and beautiful villages and towns that hark back to the days when Hungary was a great empire. The ... Read Full Article

Try These Great Budapest Cafés

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One of the nice things about being a tourist in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is that you can stop for a coffee as often as you like and claim that it’s all part of the cultural experience. Hopping from one Budapest café to the next, you can sample a range of different versions of the caffeinated beverage while admiring the architecture of the establishments, dating from the 19th century to ... Read Full Article

A Guide to Hungarian Food

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Hungary has a rich culinary tradition - and not just in the sense of being the result of many intertwining cultural influences. Hungarians make filling and flavourful food, heavy on meat - especially pork - and featuring plentiful spices, garlic, cream, and fruit. The best-known Hungarian dish is goulash, a substantial stew in which chunks of beef, onion and potato swim in a thick, ... Read Full Article