Hungary in the UK media

Read the articles published about Hungary in the UK press and media. These can be really useful for planning your own trip as they contain plenty of hints and tips from journalists who have already visited.

National Geographic Traveller introduces "Europe's best budget breaks" with Budapest on the first place (3 September 2015)

Kaye Holland tells us how "Surviving Sziget" the winner of Europe`s Best Major Music Festival in 2014 (August 2015)

"Sziget: more gap-year spirit than Glastonbury hedonism" The Guardian travel writer discovered the Sziget Festival (17 August 2015)

"Budapest summer city break: From leafy Buda to trendy Pest" discover the city with the help of The Independent (9 July 2015)

"Best Things to Do with Kids in Budapest" kid-friendly attractions in Budapest by Minitime (June 2015)

A must-to-read article for beer lovers before visiting Budapest: "Top 10 craft beer bars in Budapest" by John Brunton for The Guardian (5 June 2015)

"Wild Debrecen: a weekend in Hungary's refreshing second city" with the recommendation of Lonely Planet (2 June 2015)

Silver Travel Advisor`s writer KAy wiseman introduces Hungary for the 50+ generation "Hungary - No more big moustaches" (May 2015)

An interesting article about "Erno Rubik: how we made Rubik's Cube" the best selling toy of all time by The Guardian (26 May 2015)

"5 Must-Dos: Budapest" The essential quick guide for discerning travellers by Adrian Phillips (4 May 2015)

"The weekender: Budapest" Which? Magazine shows you how to make the most of your city break in Budapest (May 2015)

"Music festivals 2015: compare the costs of the world's biggest parties" Hungary biggest music festival, Sziget Festival is one of the cheapest one. (13 April 2015)

"7 things you never knew about Hungary" according to the Business Insider (2 April 2015)

The Guardian`s writer Jennifer Walker gives a local's lowdown on the Hungarian capital's cultural gems: "The insider's cultural guide to Budapest: 'ruin bars are the city's social hubs' " (30 March 2015)

"Pest Side Story: hanging out with the hipsters in the lesser known half od Budapest" Evening Standard`s writer introduces the modern Pest and it`s hidden treasures. (25 March 2015)

"Go rail hopping to see the finest cities in Europe" among them Budapest, says Rob Ryan travel writer of The Times. (21 March 2015)

"Budapest meanwhile was the best capital city for service" according to the more than six million reviews left on the website (19 March 2015)

"The Big Weekend: Budapest" discover the Hungarian capital which offers high art, fine dining and ruinous drinking at low, low prices, by the The Sunday Times (1 March 2015) 

"District VIII: Budapest`s neighbourhood on the up" Conde Nast Traveller discovered Budapest`s VIII. dictrict. Read the article for hint and tips, what to see, where to shop and what to do in Budapest`s upcoming district. (5 January 2015)

"Budapest - Inspiring Luxury In Hungary" Wes Anderson's hit film, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel' helps a lot put Budapest and The Corinthia Hotel Budapest on the map. Luxurious Magazine writer visited to see the hotel and the luxurious side of the city. (4 January 2015) 

"Holiday in Hungary: Dancing All Night Outside In Your Bathing Suit In Budapest" Not only relaxing in a thermal bath can be an experience if you are visiting Budapest. There are the so called `Cinetrip` spa parties, so if you are around grab your towel and boogie on down. (24 December 2014) 

BBC News, Budapest reporter, Lucy Hooker helps explore "The secrets behind Hungary's escape games craze" with her article. (19 December 2014)

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.

Budapest has one of the most beautiful maraton running track in Europe. If you are palning to run you first marathon, the city is perfect to start wit - says Men`s Health Magazin writer Rick Pearson. (December 2014) 

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.

"Christmas in Budapest"- The Gay UK Magazine recommend Budapest as the perfect Christmas break destination. (19 November 2014)

IN! Magazine Northern Ireland`s populare lifestyle magazine discoverd "Budapest, A tale of two cities" (November 2014)

"Budapest - 10 Top Experiences" by (14 November 2014)

Life etc Magazine travel writer, Lucy Holloway shows readers "The best of...BUDAPEST" in her piece. (7. November 2014)

Urban Travel Blog writer Ben Rhodes fall in love with Budapest at the first sight, so he become a returning visitor and publish his articles one after the other on the city and festivals he visited: "Budapest Essentials Festival 2014" (August 2014), "Top five: Rooftop Bars in Budapest" (7 October 2014), "The Sziget Festival: Dancing & Delirium on the Danube" (29 November 2014)

In connection to our first Debrecen press trip - on the first Wizz Air flight to Debrecen from London Luton - there are still appearing articles. See this from Watford Observer: "Hungary`s wild east"

Corinthia Hotels started to convince the readers of their newsletter to choose Hungary in the autumn and winter season: "Budapest Festivals: The Best of the City's Autumn Food & Drink Events" (September 2014)

The press trip for the Sziget Festival has resulted so far an article in the Evening Standard: "Budapest: a real contender for a culture-packed European city break" (9 September 2014) 

A smaller mention in late deal travel news sections such as this autumn breaks in BA Highlife Magazine visited Budapest during the Sziget Festival and they also used the opportunity to discover the city. Read about their experiences: in the "Sziget to City"

The Telegraph report on the 25th years anniversary of "a diplomatic picnic helped bring down communism in Eastern Europe" :"Sopron, Hungary: the picnic that changed the world" (19 August 2014)

Wanderlust Magazine publishes a substantial feature, an 8-page article in the July/August issue on HortobagyNational Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The author of these magical piece has also written two articles on CNN Travel website: "Hungary's Wild East: Where cowboys and dreadlocked sheep roam" and "Debrecen, Hungary: Heavy metal and huge sausages" (August 2014)

The Food and Travel Magazine introduces Budapest as "creative, laid-back and full of character,...A rejuvenated restaurant scene leaves Alex Allen hankering for more" (July 2014)

"Hungary`s spa culture is a national compulsion shaped by waves if invaders, from the Romans and Ottomans to Cold War Soviets in search of damn good hot bath" wrote Tim Moore in the Lonely Planet Traveller (July 2014)

Escape Games in Budapest seems to enslaves more and more people as well as journalists. Mail on Sunday`s writer David Whitley wrote about one in his piece: "The perfect city break: trapped in a cellar in Budapest" (24 August 2014) as well as TNT Magazine picked another one: "Claustrophilia: Where visitors to Budapest pay to be locked in a room" (9 July 2014)

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.

"Visiting Budapest, Hungary: Accommodation, Transport, Food & Attractions" by the Bender family (30 July 2014) The Bender family left their home in Perth, Australia many moons ago in May 2012 and they have been travelling the world nomadically ever since. One of their stop was Budapest in 2014. Other than city guied they can recommend also "8 Things To Do With Kids In Budapest, Hungary"(31 July 2014)

Jewish Chronicle writer Anthony Nicholas posted two pieces straight away on Budapest during his stay: "Brilliant Budapest - The Gem of the Danube" and "Budapest`s Classic Chain Bridge". (25 July 2014) Look forward to reading his article in print as well.   

After a Travel-Tarde FAM trip organised by the Hungarian Tourism Ltd. Jacqueline Jeynes "Hungary at its best" articles give an idea for the 50+ travellers about Budapest and the eastern part of the country (Eger, Lake Tisza, Hortobagy National Park, Debrecen, Tokaj).

Mary Novakovich introduces "Hungar`s best spas to reader (27 Hune 2014)

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.

"A weekend in Budapest" (5 April 2014) The Times travel writer Louis Roddon finds a very changed city returning to Budapest after 20 years.

The Telegraph: "World's top 20 places for the good life" (2 April 2014)
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.

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.

The Telegraph`s  travel writer Adrien Bridge talks to Budapest's real-life concierges and introduces us the "Secrets of Budapest's grand hotels" (7 March 2014)

The Guardian travel writer Will Codwell spent his time discovering the Eights District of Budapest. In his oppinion it is shaking off its rough reputation. "A day in Budapest`s Eights District: city guide" (2 March 2014)
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" (3 February 2014)
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!

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!

Conde Naste Traveller Magazine - 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. (January 2014) 

CNN - Destination Hungary: "Guide to Hungary's signature dishes" (22 November 2013)
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" (21 November 2013)
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" (15 October 2013)
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" (17 October 2013) and
Condé Nast Traveller: "Top 10 Cities in Europe" (5 October 2013)
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 Guardian Newspaper, UK: "Europe's Cheapest Cities" ( 26 Septemberr 2013)
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.

Food and Travel Magazine `48 hours Guide to Debrecen` (2 August 2013)
Find out what Hungary`s second city has to offer you in gastronomy and culture.

Forbes Travel Guide (20 July 2013)
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" (18 JUne 2013)
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" (30 May 2013)
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.

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.