by Adrian Phillips and Jo Scotchmer


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About this book

With numerous air and rail links, keen foreign interest in the local property market, a solid spot in the world's top-10 conference destinations for business, and significant recent investment in hotels, spas and other facilities, Hungary's tourist industry is booming. The first edition of Bradt's Hungary was voted Best Guide Book of the Year by the British Guild of Travel Writers; this thoroughly updated second edition further strengthens the guide, offering expanded coverage of the resort-destination of Lake Balaton (which now has its own airport), new walking trails in the countryside, details of the best thermal baths, information on dental and medical tourism, and much more.

About the author

Adrian Phillips is Managing Director at Bradt Travel Guides and an award-winning travel writer/broadcaster who is married to a Hungarian and travels regularly to the country. Jo Scotchmer is a public-relations director; she has contributed to a number of national magazines as a freelance journalist.

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'Bradt's award-winning Hungary is the most comprehensive guide on the market ..... Entertaining and engaging this is a book for reading - not just for reference.'
RCI magazine

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Review by Boliches
I have bought this book last year in preparation for a trip to Pécs and to see what other cities in Hungary are worth visiting.

The book is well written and very comprehensive. I think there isn’t a place in Hungary with more than a house and a shed that escaped the attention of the authors. History and culture are discussed in full. The authors do not shy away from telling things as they are.

After centuries of war, few places of historic interest remain and many that do are either ruins or reconstructed. I did not sense the infatuation many people have with Budapest and that I just don’t understand. Yet, the section on Budapest was very handy for the one evening I spent in Buda.

Before I bought the guide, I had been to Eger. I found the description very accurate. Even if it seems I am a bigger fan of that town than the authors. I found the description of what there is in Pécs was very accurate and helpful. However, the lively city described by the authors turns into a ghost town at the end of October. So, after reading that the authors love Sopron, I was cautious. I shouldn’t have been. The description was comprehensive and helpful as usual. And this time, I agree with the authors. Sopron enchants even at the end of October when most tourists have left and you can enjoy the sights without the selfie crowd getting into your picture frame. I am looking forward to visiting one or two other places. And I shall use the guide again to prepare for those visits.

This is yet another excellent Bradt Travel Guide.
(Posted on 04/11/2015)
Review by Alan & Claire Terrill
Thank you for providing us with such a wealth of information in your Hungary guide.'John Chan'We enjoyed it so much we determined to go again in the spring to see some more of it.
(Posted on 15/11/2010)
Review by Reg Butler, travel writer, Hen
Congratulations on two superbly detailed books [Hungary & Budapest]. They will certainly get the warmest possible recommendation in any relevant story I write.
(Posted on 09/03/2010)

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Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Politics, Economy, People, Religion, Culture

Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Tourist offices, Tour operators, Red tape, Hungarian embassies and consulates, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Electricity, Money, banking and budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Thermal baths, Sport and activities, Media, Communications, Maps, Business, Time, Public toilets, Cultural dos and don'ts, Giving something back


Chapter 3 Budapest

Chapter 4 Around Budapest and the Danube Bend

Chapter 5 Northern Uplands

Chapter 6 Northern Great Plain

Chapter 7 Southern Great Plain

Chapter 8 Southern Transdanubia

Chapter 9 Central and Western Transdanubia

Chapter 10 Lake Balaton

Appendix 1 Language

Appendix 2 Further reading


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