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Friday, July 20, 2018 — We Love Balaton

Photo: Attila Polyák/We Love Budapest

A newly published pocket book provides tips for travellers venturing outside Budapest. Serving as a guide to the country’s prominent wine regions, soaring hills and historic towns, ‘We Love Hungary’ is an easy-to-use tool to help you make the most of your provincial perambulations. This spring-summer edition highlights authentic restaurants in Debrecen, the best wineries for golden Aszú in Tokaj, historic sights in Sopron and scenic tour routes of the Mátra hills. The book is available in English, German and Hungarian.

Reviews, interviews and features cover hundreds of select destinations in detail, illustrated by maps, photos and graphics in this first We Love Hungary pocket guide. Part of a periodic series of paperbacks presenting attractions around Budapest and Balaton, this newly added volume highlights provincial trends, events and venues around four distinct destinations – SopronTokajDebrecenEger – and their surroundings. Created by the team at We Love Budapest, the book shares tips and expertise for how to make the most of your journey around the Hungarian countryside.

Photo: Attila Polyák/We Love Budapest

The opening pages provide useful information on how to get around the country by train, bus or car, while a vocabulary page gives you a brief introduction into the Hungarian language with key words and terms presented alongside phonetics. Through the book, map features help you locate each region and key sights.

Photo: Attila Polyák/We Love Budapest

Heading to Sopron, where Hungary meets Austria? The guide covers top sights downtown, summer events and festivals, in addition to dining destinations just across the border. Another list helps you find intriguing museums displaying the history of baking, mining and pharmacies.

Planning a wine weekend? Our Tokaj tips take you to historic cellars and panoramic terraces, where sipping the region’s finest libations provides reason alone to visit. In this chapter, you can also learn about the painstaking process of making Tokaji Aszú, the area’s signature sweet wine. Ideas for child-friendly activities are covered, too.

Attractions in Debrecen, Hungary’s biggest city after Budapest, are also featured. From a visit at the contemporary MODEM gallery to stargazing in the Hortobágy National Park, unmissable attractions are in abundance. For dining out, We Love Hungary shortlists some of the most outstanding restaurants in town, serving anything from roast hock to curries and langoustines. For active visitors, this chapter also features seven routes for hikes and bike rides to nearby nature.

Photo: Attila Polyák/We Love Budapest

If you’re heading to Eger, the guide provides a wealth of information. Along with its famed deep red Bull’s Blood wine, the city has unmissable sights including a 40-metre-high minaret, an underground complex of wine cellars and a rather excellent museum filled with Beatles memorabilia. The surrounding scenes beckon travellers to get into the wild and conquer the Bükk and Mátra hills, where plunging waterfalls, prehistoric cave dwellings and a modern lookout tower are equally rewarding after a long day’s hike.

Hotel suggestions, background stories on local phenomena and interviews with industry insiders complete each chapter.

Photo: Attila Polyák/We Love Budapest

The We Love Hungary book is distributed across the country in English, German and Hungarian. You can pick up your free copy at tourist information offices, major hotels, museums, restaurants, bars and wineries across the provincial towns covered by the guide. In Budapest and at Lake Balaton, there are a limited number of guidebooks at tourist offices, hotels and locales that also stock the We Love Budapest and We Love Balaton books. 

Until you have a copy in your pocket, you can check out the entire publication online:

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