From the fairytale castles of the north to the vast open plains of the east, Hungary is a country of immense drama and beauty. The country’s beating heart is its spectacular capital city, Budapest. Famously split by the Danube, as indeed the whole country is, Budapest is - literally and figuratively - a city of two halves. Pest, on the east bank, is flat, lively and buzzing, while hilly Buda is all about quiet nobility. The duality at the capital’s heart extends to its incredible old-meets-new atmosphere. Restore your energy in the authentic bathhouses, delve into the country’s rich folk heritage at traditional dance shows, and then dine at Michelin-starred restaurants. Beyond Budapest, culture-packed Pecs and historic Eger offer their own spin on the urban Hungarian experience. Though landlocked, Hungary is home to the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, Lake Balaton. Head to the southern banks of this vast body of water and you’ll find a number of charming resort towns. On the hilly northern banks, you can explore famed wine country. In the east of Hungary, you can visit national parks home to spectacular forested mountains, underground cave systems, and many rare bird species.