Kadarka Wine from Szekszard photo credit: Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com
Wine from the Bock Winery in Villany photo credit: Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com
Herend porcelain is a classic Hungarian product. The factory which produces it was founded almost two centuries ago and the techniques its master artists developed to create delicate works of art are still followed today. These hand-created pieces, whether functional or merely beautiful, demonstrate the care of their creators: lace-like cutouts make the porcelain even more fragile-seeming, lifelike sculpted flowers adorn vases and boxes, and painted flowers or scenes accented with real gold reveal why Herend has been used by royalty and sought after by collectors for generations. If you want to buy something truly special, Herend porcelain makes an excellent Christmas gift from Hungary!
Herend Porcelain photo credit: Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com
Heviz Spa is described as a Hungarian national treasure. And no wonder--its waters, which never dip below 70 degrees F in the winter and which can warm to as high as 100 degrees F in the summer, have a remarkable mineral makeup that is said to contribute to health and healing. This opportunity to have a wholly Hungarian experience may be less convenient than the thermal baths in Budapest and more tranquil than recreational activities around Lake Balaton, but if you make the effort to visit Heviz Spa, you won't be disappointed. Either make a day trip and spend a few hours in the water, or book a wellness package from the hotel and stay overnight.
Heviz Lake photo credit: Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com
In some parts of Eastern Europe, including Poland and Lithuania, All Souls' and All Saints' holidays mark the occasion when the worlds of the dead and the living are said to collide. These holidays, which occur on November 1st and 2nd, see cemeteries aglow with the lights of thousands of candles, making otherwise spooky places of rest into venues for celebration and memory.
<p>While Halloween is not widely celebrated in Eastern Europe, at least in the sense that it is in the United States, you can still tap into the fun of this holiday by learning more about some of Eastern Europe's creepiest places.
Are you looking for a reason to visit Budapest? If you are considering the Hungarian capital city as your next travel destination, you'll encounter many reasons to go there. Hungarian food and drink is excellent, whether you're into the finer points of savory cooking, pastries with towering layers, fine wine, or hard spirits. Budapest is a large city with a thriving cultural life, and festivals and events can be attended all through the year. Budapest also makes a great base for exploring the rest of the country, with attractions such as Lake Balaton within a couple hours' drive from the city center.
Fountain in Budapest photo credit: Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com
Hungary has the largest Jewish population in Eastern Europe, so it's no wonder that the opportunity to discover Jewish Budapest is an important reason for its popularity as a travel destination. With one of the largest synagogues in the world and numerous sights, landmarks, and memorials, it is possible to understand the history and culture of Jews living in Budapest from medieval times until today. Whether your main purpose for visiting Budapest is its Jewish heritage or you only chance upon its Jewish landmarks casually while sightseeing, the prominence of its culture will impress you.
Heroes Memorial Temple photo credit: Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com