Hungary in the press

From time to time, Hungary is mentioned in the press and online. Here's our ongoing list of links to web articles about Hungary: Recent stories: "Pest Side Story" and Minube ranks Budapest in its prestige list of "50 cities to see in your lifetime."

The Irish Times Newspaper: "Top 5 Restaurants in Budapest"
Fionn Davenport of the Irish daily has published a collection of 5 great restaurants in the capital. It is a small enough list to tick off the lot, and providea  pretty good cross-section of all the city has to offer including the genuine Csárda-style Kárpátia, fancy Arany Szárvas, and Michelin star-winning Bórkonyha.  

The Guardian newspaper: "10 of the best European museums ...that you've probably never heard of"
18 May 2015
In part of The Guardian's ongoing series of little-known european sights, Will Coldwell describes collections and galleries from all over the continet that deserve a greater following. In HUngary, the he selected the museum devoted to opp-art master Victor Vasarely, as the perfect place to just gaze at the beffudling images and lose oneself in the simple enjoyment of modern art.

The Guardian newspaper: "10 of the best European islands you've probably never heard of" 11 May 2015
Eleanor Ross lists 10 island across Europe that one has probably never heard of. While we hop she is wrong about that, She is completely right that Margaret Island in Budapest is worthy of a visit. Padal Car trips around beautiful gardens, a wordl class 5km running track, an outdoor auditorium and an illuminated fountain-to-music at set times through the day all add interest to a stop on Margaret Island.

London Evening Standard: "Pest Side Story" 27 March 2015

A writer from the London Evening paper tells the tale of a weekend break, with accommodation at the artistic Brody House, culture from the museums of Pest and nightlfie at the city's ruin bars.

The beautiful evening image of the Danube was somehow not credited to the talented Hungarian photographer Hlinka Zsolt. Here is the original:

Momondo: Best Budget Holiday destinations of 2015 January 2015
British Travel booking site targets one great holiday location after another throughout the year. Here Budapest is recommended for July, with special emphasis on the thermal baths, antique-hunting and great nightlife of the "Paris of the East".

Minube: "Top 50 Cities to see in your lifetime" December 2014
The popular accommodation booking serice and mart device app Minube compiled a special list of top "Must-see" destinations, using recommendations and tips from its force of 1.2 million international users. The list is not in numbered order, but Budapest has secured a place among such giants as New York, Venice and Rio de janeiro!

Condé Nast Traveller: "The Best University Towns in Europe" 15 December 2014
The 4th largest city in Hungary is home to a well-known university, which ranks among the top 10 in Europe (though the criteria are unclear) The cool southern vibe, the good food such as spicy fish stew and the excellent annual outdoor music festival definitely helped Szeged and its uni to make the grade!  

The Guardian Newspaper: "Top 10 Food Markets in Europe" 1 December 2014
Christopher Beanland includes Budapest's Great Market Hall in his list of Europe's top 10 Food markets, making particular mention of the beautiful architecture Samu Pecz'  building and the great Lángos and other snacks that can be found on the first floor. 

Condé Nast Traveller: "The most photgraphed places in Europe"  25 November 2014
Budapest is listed among the top 10 places for holiday snaps, according to an informal study carried out using Sightsmap and Panoramio. The most popular sights were St Stephen's Basilca, the Gresham Palace and most of all, the Széchenyi Thermal Baths.

BBC Travel slideshow: "The Great Hungarian Plain" 14 August 2014
This set of 6 beautiful images is complemented by a decent description of each of the aspects of the Great Plain shown, such as breeds of cattle, horse and the curly-horned Racka sheep, as well as the  skills, traditions and clothing of Hungarian cowboys, the Csikós and Gulyás. We also provide plenty of info about places to visit, eat and stay, on the great plain.

The Guardian "10 of the best budget hotels in Budapest"  19 June 2014
The British newspaper lists 10 of the best hotels for the price-conscious. It is worth noting that "budget" is a relative term. The accommodation mentioned are not backpacker price range, but rather very affordable for a typical UK family holiday.

"Budapest as a new Foodie Capital" 12 June 2014
This 3-page report by John Brunton of The National, actually has lots of good ideas for things to see and do here, and all at moderate prices, given the country is within Europe but not in the Euro zone. However he does also explains a little about modern Hungarian cuisine and mentions some great places to visit.

CNN: "Caffeine Kicks - Budapest's battling Coffee Houses" 7 June 2014
Charles Hebbert writs a no-holds barred overview of coffee opportunities in Budapest, Hungary, from grumpy retro coffee experience, to a selection of new sophisticated barista-driven craft coffee houses.

LaModa Fashion, Dubai: "Travel Notebook: Budapest, Hungary"  4 June 2014
A fashion-conscious look at the luxury side of thermal baths,  design centres, dining opportunities and even ruin bars.

Touropia: "The most-photographed cities in Europe" 27 April 2014
Budapest, the Paris of the East, is lauded for its Beautiful bridges, Historic Spas, grand museums and monuments. Truly a capital worth comitting to memory.

UK Post Office News: "No beating Eastern European cities" 31 March 2014
Andrew Brown at Post Office Travel Money reports that due to a strong pound, it is hard to beat the value for money that UK tourists can "win" in Eastern Europe. He noted that Budapest was unbeatabe, with a two-night break including accommodation, meals and a little entertainment possible for the great low figure of just 117GBP.

CNN: "5-minute guide to Lake Balaton" (First published 20 Dec 2013)
Rachel Sang-hee Han wrote a great summary of where to stay (from grand hotels to campsites), where and what to eat and what to see and do while down at the "Hungarian Sea",encompassing a range of tastes from wine-tastignto sky-diving!

The Telegraph: "World's top 20 places for the good life" 2014.04.02
Budapest is listed at number 16 in this list of great places to live or hold property. The Telegraph concentrated on the great restaurant and cafe scene, as well as the rich range of shopping opportunities from boutiques to flea markets. 2014.03.02
The city of surprises and wonder made a good impression on the European Best Destinations team, and was in the top 5 places to visit. Budapest was highly praised for its outstanding spas, Caste district, Andrássy Avenue and Margaret Island.

Rough Guides "Best Places to visit in 2014. Top City: Budapest" 2014.02.03
It's  always a special award when it comes from reader's votes; here Budapest was voted Top City to visit in 2014 (along with Berlin, Tallinn, Rome and Valparaiso in Chile.) It was specially recommended for its hip cafés and bars and the impressive downtown area. The images captured here are also top class!

El Economista Magazine "Las cinco piscinas mas impressionantes del mundo"  2014.01.08
Literally the top 5 most impressive swimming pools in the world, this is an article by the leading Spanish magazine El Economista, (the Economist) which puts the Gellért baths in herit top 5, heaping praise upon the chemical makeup of the thermal waters, as well as the building itself, which is deemed a landmark of the city.

Conde Naste Traveller Magazine: January 2014
A recent edition of the American travel Magazine Magazine featured has featured a 2-page-spread of the Budapest Gellert Hotel as part of a list oft he world's best spas. This is an off line (paper) publication, but here is a link to another part of the CN traveller website that features the Gellert Spa in Budapest.  

CNN - Destination Hungary: "Guide to Hungary's signature dishes" (2013.11.22 )
Mary Novakovich ravenously describes 12 favourite Hungarian dishes, from hearty one-pot meals to dessert dreams to die for! Places to actually taste these culinary wonders are also included, for those lucky enough to visit and try them in situ.

CNN Travel: " 11 things to know before visiting Hungary" (2013.11.21)
Robin Marshall deviates from the well travelled road of praising the buildings and sights and instead gives us a dozen neat little insights into the Hungharian mindset and traditions, such as the importance of water polo and equestrianism, Franz Liszt's Hungarian-ness, and he also sets us straight on Paprika and Goulash (yes, traditionally, it really is a soup)

Daily Mirror, UK:"Jaw-dropping pictures of mountain pool named as Hungary's top beauty spot" (2013.10.15)
An image feature on the attractive natural views at the mountain tarn at Sarospatak, in the northeastern corner of Hungary.

Condé Nast Traveller: "Top 25 Cities in the World" (2013.10.17) and
Condé Nast Traveller: "Top 10 Cities in Europe" (2013.10.05)
According to Reader's choices, The journal's editorial team created a list of the best cities to visit and Budapest came in joint 2nd place in the whole world, and in first place in the top 10 cities of Europe. Readers gave most points for Budapest's culture and atmosphere.

The Washington Post, USA: "In Budapest, ruin pubs, a cat cafe, thermal baths and a nightlife scene that hardly quits" (2013.10.11)
After a bumpy start, travel writer Kate Silver quickly grows to appreciate the uniqueness of Budapest, particularly enjoying the ruin bars and the party scene, as well as the thermal bath culture.

The Guardian Newspaper, UK: "Europe's Cheapest Cities" ( 2013.09.26 )
Hungary gets a pat on the back from the Guardian as the cheapest destination in Europe for a weekend break, beating rivals Madrid and Barcelona with great prices for accommodation, food and travel.

Huffington Post, USA: "The new stars of European travel" (2013.08.09
As part of the launch of a new travel portal, a massed opinion poll assessed the most popular European destinations. Budapest came in 8th place, praised for its archiectural elelgance, thermal baths and buzzing nightlife.

Forbes Travel Guide (2013.7.20)
issued a list of top cities that are off-the-beaten-path, Jo Caird praised Budapest for its beauty and the distinctive nature of the city's two halves. Foods both sweet (ckaes and pastries) as well as savoury (spicy meat, sausages and langos.) Hungarian wine and winebars also won a mention, as well as a few of the city's more well-known hotels. 

Lonely Planet: "Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2013" (2013.06.18)
LP illustrated the retro-hip trend, citing the recent rise in ruin bars and garden-based bars, and mentioned Szimpla Kert as particularly noteworthy. For Restaurants, old-school coffee shops and rustic  lunch canteens are now becoming hip once more. Normally called Étkezde or Ebédlő,  they  are out of necessity,  spread around the city but good examples are to be found near the city's market halls and rail stations.

Condé Nast Traveller  "Take a Waltz around Hungary" (2013.05.30)
A whirlwind tour of the country includes the fantastic wine region of Tokaj in the north and the rejuvinated Budapest, with its history on display for all to see in a wealth of monuments across both Buda and Pest.

UCityGuides: "The top 10 most-beautiful cities" (2011.10.19)
The reviewers loved the different natures of the two halves of Budapest, the eclectic architectural styles to be found in abundance, the wide avenues and of course, the Chain Bridge. Who wouldn't?

We would like to express our thanks to all the writers, journalists and researchers who have been kind enough to turn their attention to Hungary.If anyone disagrees with our summaries or has any problem with this list, do please let us know.