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Although Halloween activities are popular with some families with young children, it is not a big event in Hungary.

Hungarians traditionally head to the cemeteries, starting the evening before All Saints’ Day.

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On the evening of 31 October, it is difficult to find parking at the cemeteries in Hungary. Dressed warmly against the autumn chills, you may have to walk some distance to get inside. It is a time when Hungarians remember the dead, and everyone is in on it. Young and old. 

It is customary to clean and tidy graves on this day, and buy fresh flowers on the outside of the cemetery’s gate, or come prepared. Most people I’ve seen came prepared with flowers, candles, and even small decorations to place on the grave.

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The cemeteries are open to all. Whether you have a loved one in memory inside the gates, or not. Not having a loved inside the gates, we entered as guests to witness the fascinating, and touching celebration of the dead. Families arrived, happily chatting away and stocked with bunches of flowers, flower pot plants, and all types and sizes of candles. Suddenly it became clear to me why, in the weeks leading up to All Saints’ Day, there were so many different candles and candle holders to buy on the shelves.

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Something I picked up very early on, as we entered the cemetery, was the number of benches placed next to a grave. Some traditional park benches, some in marble, some in stone…

As I was meandering through the amazingly beautiful “park” I found myself hearing a woman at one such bench, getting up whilst merrily chatting away as if her loved one was alive, and arranging the flowers… I quickly and respectfully turned around, choosing to rather walk right back. That said, it was quite touching to witness such a warm and loving celebration of the dead. There was no sadness. 

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November, 1st: All Saints’ Day

Also referred to as the Day of the Dead, the Christian holiday (a Solemnity in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church) was officially recognized by the church in 835 AD.

Hungarian folklore tradition

According to folklore tradition, on All Saints’ Day, the table is set for the dead too with bread, salt, and water. In Bukovina, Hungarians bake and cook meals for the dead which they distribute at the cemetery. Also according to folklore tradition, it was believed that whoever’s candle (lit at home) burnt out first, would be the first person to die in the family!

In Szeged, Hungarians used to bake “the beggar’s cake” which was a hollow cake, and distributed to beggars at the cemetery’s gate so they too could commemorate their dead.

Similarly, the freshly baked cake was distributed to praying beggars at Csallóköz’s cemetery gates so the dead would not return home.

Changing tradition

Folklore traditions have changed over time. According to folklore superstition, working on this day was equal to attacking the dead.

However, today All Saints Day is a national public holiday in Hungary with a focus on family ties and remembering the dead

Families attend church and enjoy a meal together at home. Where we are in Szeged, all the shops and restaurants were closed, allowing families to be together.

Another tradition that remained in part, is to light a candle for every loved one that has passed on.

Ordinarily, we would not have celebrated such a day in my country of birth. It turned out to be a very special day, following our visit to the cemetery. When I lit the candles, it was with a sense of awareness and in loving memory of my parents. 

And so I found myself once again being joyfully aware that no matter where I am in the world, my deceased loved ones are present in spirit. 

November, 2nd: All Souls’ Day

Despite this day not being a national public holiday, it is seen as an extension of All Saint’s Day, commemorating the souls of the dead, independent from religious beliefs. Similar to All Saint’s Day, people light candles (burning all day long) and reflect on the happy memories of the deceased loved ones.

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Life in Hungary… Festival Time at the end of April Another bit of my life in Hungary…  Specifically, the past weekend in UjSzeged. Uj, meaning new. It’s the suburb of Szeged where we live. The last festival for April ran from the 29th to 1st May. We decided to go on the last day since we knew it would be a popular event. Especially since all COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. It is the first day of May. The spring flowers are in bloom, young and old are in festival mode, laughter all around me, families spend time together and it is one big party! The ambiance was great. Not a single piece of paper lying around (it was very noticeable) and no pushing. Another relaxing family weekend that we’ll remember for a long, long time. Hungarian Street Food Traditional Hungarian cuisine was out for all to indulge. Like Halászlé, the mixed freshwater/river fish soup, and Körtöskalács, a type of spit cake, which is prepared with dough that is wrapped around a stick, before being baked on an open fire. Also known as the Chimney cake, it is topped with cinnamon sugar or a mixture of sugar and walnut.Popular nowMadeira Portugal – The Best and Beautiful Places to Stay Halászlé (fisherman’s soup) is a Hungarian dish, prepared for centuries by fishermen and their families along the banks of the Danube with generous amounts of hot paprika. The soup is not only a popular street food at festivals but also very much part of a traditional Christmas. The cotton candy floss was out in traditional pinks and blues, which I knew as “Spook Asem” as a child. Directly translated, it is ghosts’ breath! Life in Hungary connects with my childhood memories The adventure park was a nostalgic trip down memory lane about my early and formative festivals as a child in South Africa. And as you know by now (if you follow me on Facebook), I got into the bumper cars but stayed away from the rest, except the Octopus. Especially the XXL Extreme! SO, happy I skipped the hammer swing. It sure was the extreme of the theme park. Not everybody got off gracefully. Some had an oops. As for the Octopus… well, yours truly could not finish the ride. It was either get off or have an oops! Despite having an empty tummy, it was going to take whatever there was!! So, I got off just in time. Not something I will do again. Even though I knew I was in a “game,” I couldn’t command my brain and body. My limbs and muscles twitched involuntarily. My whole body was fighting death. Although I am not the typical fearful and frightening kind, this experience has far surpassed all the feelings I have ever experienced. apuci.blog Tweet I live it. Hope you love it. During my life in Hungary, I got to enjoy ice cream. Something I easily gave a miss in the past. So, I ended the festival with, of course, Hungarian ice cream. Hungary is known for its award-winning ice creams and has a very definite ice cream season. Ice cream kiosks close for the winter. Whenever you come to Hungary, try Pistachio Fruit (Frutta di Pistacchio), a creation by Hungarian confectioner Ádám Fazekas. It blew away the 11-member jury of experts and subsequently fetched gold for best ice cream at the 2021 World Ice Cream Championship (Gelato Festival World Masters) held in Bologna.  However, no matter which ice cream you get, you are set for pure enjoyment. Whether you like ice cream or not! And on that happy note, I conclude today’s chat about my experiences in what I call “Paprika-land”. I hope you enjoyed the chat!? 

40 of the Most Familiar & Bizarre Hungarian Superstitions

MOST FAMILIAR AND BIZARRE HUNGARIAN SUPERSTITIONS Are you superstitious? Whether or not, most people can’t help but think twice before acting out something that could be superstitious. Like, who wants to lose money? Nope, not me. And for that reason, I very quickly picked up my handbag from the floor when I was told about the Hungarian superstitions around purses on the floor! Despite not being a superstitious person that little voice on my shoulder whispered, “just in case…let’s play it safe!” If you are on your way to visit Hungary, it will not harm to know a bit more about the Hungarian culture. There are quite a few Hungarian superstitions of which some have even more than one superstition attached to the actual event (like when a spider comes down on you). Some are laughed at, and some are taken much more seriously even up to today despite their ancient origin. Travel and Home gathered a few common and crazy superstitions.Popular nowVerona Italy – The Beautiful City of Romance A squabble is expected… if the salt spills unless you throw salt over your left shoulder. if someone has an itchy nose. if a knife falls to the ground. It is good luck… if your left eye is itching. if a black cat crosses the road in front of you from right to left. if your right eye twitches. There will soon be a child blessing in the family. if you carry a coin in your purse or wallet so you are never poor. if you find a four-leaf clover. if you first put on your left shoe. if you accidentally drop an egg and it breaks. Good news is on their way! if you come across a wedding ceremony because it brings luck in love and childbirth. if you see a chimney sweep and reach for the nearest button while making a wish. if a horseshoe is placed over a house’s front door. It protects the inhabitants from trouble and disease. if Friday falls on the 13th calendar day. Yes, the exact opposite of general superstitions! Ill health and even death are expected… if you do your laundry on Christmas Day. if a picture falls off the wall. The worst is expected when the glass is broken too! An unexpected guest arrives, … if the door opens by itself. if a spider descends on a human. if you bump your elbow. Nightmarish dreams are driven away, … if a horseshoe is posted in the bedroom. Family troubles are looming, … if any furniture is crunching. Fast childbirth expected, … if the water spills out towards the person who will have the child. Expect to come into money, … if a spider descends on you because it will bring money to the house. if your left palm is itchy. Expect to lose money… if your right palm is itchy. if your handbag, purse, or wallet is on the floor. A purse on the floor is money out the door. if your wardrobe door opens automatically. It is bad luck… if your right eye is itching. Grief is on its way! if a black cat crosses the road in front of you from left to right. if your left eye twitches. I could mean there will be death. if you leave new shoes on the table. if you give someone an empty wallet, and the bad luck is on you because the giver will never be rich. if you drop an egg and it only cracks or stays intact. if you break a mirror because there will be no marriage on the cards for seven years. You have the chance to reverse the bad luck if you collect and bury the mirror shards in the moonlight. That said, some Hungarians believe you will be lucky for seven years, which is once again the opposite of general superstitions around the world. if it suddenly rained on the day of the wedding. South Africans believe it is good luck if you have rain on your wedding day because it is God’s blessing on you! if your house’s door opens to the street, and not inwards. Bad luck will hit the house. if you eat poultry meat on New Year’s Day because the chicken can scrape your luck off the ground. if you break a plate that was not cracked before. if an unmarried person sits at the corner of the table. Forget about getting married for at least seven years. if you walk under an opened triangle ladder unless, of course, you cross your fingers while doing so. So, there you have it. Many of the Hungarian superstitions are also practiced in other cultures. Every culture has their own, and sometimes even bizarre, superstitions. Some people believe that God overrides all these superstitions. However, some people do indeed follow a few superstitions despite their religious orientation, if only to solidify that Lady Luck stays friendly to them! Best Europe Travel Deals | How to Save Don’t forget to join us on Facebook where you have the ideal opportunity to request travel articles specific to your needs. We want to make travel fun and point you to more rewarding ways to travel. 

The Best of Hungary | Your Travel Guide

The Best of Hungary | Your Ultimate Travel Guide Today I will give you the highlights this beautiful landlocked country has to offer. From Hungary’s hidden gems to the best accommodation and saving tips to keep your travel budget in check. “With 10 beautiful national parks, 37 landscape protection areas, 162 nature conservation areas, 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and several outstanding national treasures, Hungary is a country of immense beauty. If you visit Hungary, definitely make time to explore the country’s spectacular lakes, thermal baths, vast wine regions, and charming historic towns.” Places to go Museums UNESCO World Heritage Sites Wine region Eger Culture Festivals All Saints’ Day & All Souls’ Day Superstitions Christmas Markets Christmas trees Destinations Budapest Szeged Hidden Gem Balatonberény Outdoor activities Snow Ski ‘Seaside’ Food Lángos & What To Eat Popular nowExperience The Best of Singapore in one Day Not to be missed around Balaton Best Budapest Accommodation Not to be missed around Budapest Most popular Day trip from Budapest Llist of museums in Budapest Hungary Three most beautiful coffee houses The New York Café looks like Versailles! The iconic Centrál Coffee House dates to 1887. Gerbeaud, one of Hungary’s most famous gastronomic assets. Must Read The best of Budapest Hungary’s Award-Winning capital city Find out what you should NOT miss, and then some…! More Don’t do this in Hungary Don’t wear shoes in other people’s houses. Unless your host tells you it’s OK to keep them on, take them off immediately when you enter.  It’s expensive to have house-cleaning staff.  Generally, domestic cleaning staff are paid by the hour, so be respectful. Don’t make fun of names, and don’t make mean comments. Jokes such as being “hungry in Hungary” are viewed as inappropriate and disrespectful to the country. Hungarians are immensely proud of their cultural heritage. Consider the cultural differences. Don’t decline food or drinks. Hungarians are extremely hospitable. They will go out of their way to prepare something special for their guests, and so it is seen as rude to decline to taste something or at least have a small bite.  This brings me to the next “don’t”… Don’t drink and drive. Hungary has a zero-tolerance for drinking and driving. And they take it seriously. If you arrive with your own car your host will not feel offended if you decline their traditional Unicum or Pálinka liqueur or any other alcoholic drink they may serve. Also, your host will understand if you are not drinking any alcohol at all, or if you’re taking medication. Unless you really want to know, don’t greet people with “How are you?” Usually, the question is answered with an “OK”, “good and you?” or “fine, thank you”. However, not in Hungary. Hungarians take this question seriously and will tell you in detail how they feel and what happened. Largest Lake of Central Europe Hungary’s Historic Castles Quality Gift Shopping Herend Porcelain Visit the world-famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory in the city of Herend. The Herend Porcelain Manufactory (Hungarian: Herendi Porcelánmanufaktúra Zrt.) is a Hungarian manufacturing company, specializing in luxury hand-painted and gilded porcelain. Founded in 1826, it is based in the town of Herend near the city of Veszprém. From Budapest, Herend is around 1 hour 30 minutes by car; or about 15 minutes by car from Veszprém. Website: Herend Porcelain >> Shopping Ideas to thank someone special If you’re staying with friends while in Hungary, it is no point in giving them something local. They can get that themselves. Some of my best thank you gifts that I’ve received are e-books and then, of course, a surprise gift about a country I was about to travel to soon, like a city pass or a big bus ticket. Click for some of the most amazing thank you gift ideas! Best Views in Hungary Prédikálószék (Pulpit) – Danube Bend, Visegrád Mountains Szépkilátó – Balatongyörök Tar-kő (Tar-stone) − Bükk Mountains Kékestető (also a great spot for skiers), and the Galya Lookout − Galyatető − Mátra Mountains Hungarian Culture Hungarian Dog You’re in for a big surprise if you think you’re picking up a mop! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u_sHQSvBoQ Folk Art The ancient city of Győr A perfect Day Trip from Budapest Győr lies in the north-western part of Hungary on one of the most important roads of Central Europe, halfway between Budapest and Vienna. Győr, an enchanting town abundant in beautiful baroque buildings, hosted the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2017.  The oldest part of the town is Káptalan Hill at the confluence of the Danube, Rába, and Rábca rivers. The ancient city is also a university town and a popular tourist destination. Whether you visit Győr on your own, join a small tour group on a day trip, or as part of a multi-day tour to or from Vienna or Prague, it is worth a stop. Short Trips and Multi-Day Tours Travel Deals Sightseeing With the Budapest Card you get free public transport within Budapest, up to 50% discounts at baths, sights, churches, museums, restaurants, bars, sightseeing tours, boat trips, and concerts. Get Yours Now Flights to Budapest Extend your trip – Countries Bordering Hungary Ukraine’s Spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites Cavtat, One of Croatia’s Most Stunning Hidden Gems Lake Ossiach | One of Austria’s Hidden Gems? Orșova Romania – Beautiful Places To See Immerse Yourself in the Incredible Ljubljana Two more countries share borders with Hungary, namely Serbia and Slovakia.

Eger | The Legend of The Bull’s Blood

EGER, A BUCKET LIST ITEM when you visit Hungary When you talk about wine to Hungarians, they are quick to point out that you simply must explore Eger, also known as “The Baroque Pearl” of Europe. And that’s exactly what ‘Travel and Home’ did.  Best time to visit Eger This charming city is one of the travel bucket list destinations of Hungary. You’ll know you’re nearby when out of nowhere, the vineyards start popping up on the outskirts of the city. Indeed, a beautiful sight in the summer with juicy grapes hanging from the vines, ready to be turned into wine. You’ll enjoy warm sunny days between June to August, generally ranging from the upper 20’s to around the mid-’30s. The humidity in July/early-August can be quite high, sometimes exceeding your comfort level. (We visited Eger in August – re photos and video material.)Popular nowBeautiful Capri: The Best 1-Day Itinerary In autumn (September to November) you have the warm autumn-colored leaves (especially around end-October / mid-November), putting on a spectacular display. Winter is most definitely not a season for tourism in Hungary. Days are grey, there’s little sunshine, daylight hours are short, and it is cold. In addition, most noteworthy attractions close during the winter months. Weather forecast for Eger. Best month to travel Hungary – weather and climate travel guide. Have You Had Your Lángos Today? When in Hungary it is almost compulsory to try the country’s national street food. More About Lángos, With Recipe Eger is famous for Eger is known for superior wines (both reds, and whites), healing and family-friendly thermal baths (dating back to 1932), noteworthy monuments and sightseeing, and beautiful baroque buildings. For instance, the County Hall, with its fine wrought-iron gate, and Minorite Church (constructed in 1771) dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua. It’s also known for its 4-kilometer underground cellar system, The City Under The City.  Keep reading… Get Your Visa Approved Seamless, Simple, Reliable At the same time, check the travel requirements. Online VIsa Application Things to do and places to see in Eger Follow our attractions on the map, and you have yourself a free itinerary, with the compliments of Travel and Home, of the top attractions in Eger!  Eger Castle is a fascinating medieval castle overlooking the city. For this excursion, you need to plan your trip to have a half-day allocated for sightseeing. Also, the castle’s history is exhibited in a picture gallery in the István Dobó Castle Museum, on the very same grounds. (Address: Vár 1) The Marzipan Museum is an amazing collection of marzipan pieces sculpted to sheer perfection. (Address: Harangöntő utca. 4)  Opposite the museum, you can not help to notice the Minaret. Go up the 40-meter high Minaret, a cultural heritage that dates back to 1596 (during the Ottoman Empire), and climb the almost 100 steps to the top for exquisite views.  (Address: Knézich Károly utca) Dobó István Square (Dobó István tér) is well-positioned for a stop at one of the many outdoor cafes with a view of the summer fountain and the Baroque Church of Anthony of Padua. Egri Road Beatles Museum is a fascinating exhibition of the world-famous music band, their performances, souvenirs, magazines featuring the Beatles, photo galleries, a few outfits, and more…  (Address: Csiky Sándor utca 30) When arriving in Eger, it’s almost impossible to miss the beautiful Neoclassical building that is home to the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Apostle. A visit to the Basilica is a must-do for cathedral-lovers and one of the best places where you can regain your quietude.  Now, for a bit more about the City Under The City. Having enjoyed the tranquility of the cathedral, turn to your left as you go down the stairs. Look out for a small entrance, which is where you enter the former cellar used by the Bishop to store the tax wine. Unfortunately, none of the up to 12 million liters of wine that he stored, are there today!  Thermal baths to Hungarians are a way of life. They grew up with them. After all, in Budapest alone, there are more than 1,300 thermal water springs! Therefore, live like a local and find out what’s it all about at the Eger’s Thermal Baths. (Address: Petőfi tér 2.) Minaret The Valley of Beautiful Women is more about wine than about beautiful women First, let me clarify the how-to-get-there part. It’s about a half hour’s walk from Dobó István Square. Alternatively, catch a taxi or take the sightseeing train that leaves every 15 minutes from Egeségház Utca 4. Whatever you do, don’t drive there if you intend to do some wine-tasting. Hungary has a very firm zero-tolerance policy as far as drink and drive is concerned.  There are several cellars where you can do a wine tasting. If you’ve done wine tasting in South Africa or Napa Valley in California, don’t expect the same. Instead of visiting a single wine estate at a time, here you have several cellars in quaint cave-like little hides. Here, instead of pub crawling, you so cellar crawling. At this point, you must know that should a Hungarian find out you were here, the first question will most probably be: “So how did you find our famous Bull’s Blood?” Therefore, make a point of tasting Egri Bikavér, with a rich history going back to the 16th century. Legend holds that the very same István Dobó after which the city’s square is named, thought to give the soldiers a bit of motivation by giving them red wine. Lots of it. The disheartened soldiers made good use of it, dripping onto their beards, and the enemy, the Turks, interpreted it as bulls’ blood, not knowing it was actually wine. Needless to say, the Turks were too scared to attack the soldiers of Eger because after all, the soldiers were believed to have the power of the bull, having drunk the blood! But, alas, all of this is only a legend. Today, we’d call it fake news. In addition to the cellars, there are a wide variety of street cafes. And if you were wondering about the language factor? At this valley, they’re keen to explain which wine is which. Hiking near Eger Beehive stones at the southern foot of the Bükk Mountains The stone culture refers to the installations that the population here made out of stone or carved into stone: cave homes, wine cellars, pens for hundreds of sheep. The most intriguing ones are the hive-stones: man-made niches of an unknown purpose, which are under natural and archaeological protection. Hiking in the Bükk Mountains near Eger Our meeting point will be at the central bus station of Eger, where we will catch the bus that will take us to the starting point of our hiking activity about 20km away. From there we will walk and climb the highest peaks in the Bükk area to check observation points with the most stunning views in the country. The excursion will be 16km long with 700m elevation. The route is moderately difficult, not recommended for people without previous hiking experience. At the end of the trip we will arrive to the village of Szilvásvárad where participants will have a chance to have a meal at the local restaurants. Afterwards we will catch the bus back to the central bus station of Eger. Viator Additional Info Reserve Now & Pay Later Secure your spot while staying flexible Free cancellation Up to 24 hours in advance UNESCO World Heritage sites near Eger – perfect day-trips #TravelAndHome recommendation: Before you embark on a road trip to any one of the below sites, first click on the links to find out what you can expect. Hortobágy National Park – the Puszta. A cultural landscape of plains and wetlands. Distance from Eger: 1 hr (66.4 km) via Route 33 #TravelAndHome review: This is an excursion for passionate conservationists. The old 16th-century village of Hollókő and its surroundings. A living example of rural life during the 17th and 18th centuries. Distance from Eger: 1 hr 24 min (87.1 km) via Route 23 Baradla Aggtelek Cave (Entrance). Over 712 caves provide insight into our geological history over tens of millions of years. Distance from Eger: 1 hr 28 min (84.9 km) via 25-ös főút/Route 25 Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape 2 hr 12 min (167.0 km) via Route 37 Where to stay in eger Best lodging options in Eger It was a toss-up to stay between the two hotels featured below. Hotel Eger & Park won in the end (and with no regrets, at all), so the next booking will be at the equally highly recommended Hunguest Hotel Flora.  When you look for places to stay, keep in mind that Hotellook compares prices including that of Booking.com . So you really get the best deal.  BOOKING.COM How to get to Eger from Budapest Budapest is the nearest airport to Eger.  From Budapest by car, it will take you about 1h30m to get to Eger (132 km, via the M3). From Budapest, Take Bem rkp., Lehel u., Róbert Károly körút and M3 bevezető to M3 – 21 min (12.7 km) Continue on the M3 to Eger – 59 min (115 km) Take 25-ös főút/Route 25 to Szúnyog köz – 13 min (6.8 km) You’ve arrived in Eger! Come, get lost with me in hungary… The Best Of Budapest | Free 4-Day Itinerary List Of Upside Down Houses In The World The Most Unusual Places in the World Síaréna Eplény, The Largest Ski Resort In Hungary Discover Hungary Tell us what you think, or give a review? We love sharing our experiences. Especially if they were as enjoyable as our visit to this beautiful destination in Hungary. That said, we also love hearing your version. It helps our other readers to make up their minds as to what to do, and where to stay. And so, they have more ideas for their next trip. All thanks to your feedback in addition to ours. Been here? Done it! Share it!!

The Most Unusual Places in the World

Our planet is covered with the most unique places and sights you can possibly dream of. It is when you actually get to experience such a phenomenon that you stand in absolute awe of our creation. No matter what your religious orientation is, you know you are truly blessed with such an amazing planet with so many beautiful and unique destinations.  Let us know if you’ve been to any of our featured unique places in the world! What went through your mind when you saw such a wondrous sight? 1. Seven Colored Earths, Mauritius The dunes are the result of volcanic activity. You can buy a combined ticket for the Chamarel Waterfall and the Seven Colored Earths, which is worth it. Although maybe not the highest waterfall you’ve ever seen, but it is the highest waterfall in Mauritius. Adventure-seekers can abseil down the falls!Popular nowPositano: Proceed With Caution, You May Fall In Love! Although the sand dunes are protected from us humans with a fence, you have a lovely walkway around the edge of the 1-hectare dune area. While you’re here you may as well continue to the Black River Gorges Viewpoint for some of the most scenic routes ever. Full Article on Mauritius Accommodation in Mauritius Seven Colored Earths Entrance Tickets, Tours & Trips 2. Tunnel of Love, Rivne, Ukraine This picturesque Tunnel of Love is popular amongst couples. You’d never say it is part of an industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine, that links it with Orzhiv. A beautiful spot to take a 3 to 5-kilometer walk. Getting to this dreamy lush spot is not the easiest of things. You’ve got to put some work into it. From the city of Rivne drive to Klevan, about 30 km (18 miles) further. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Klevan. Another option is to catch a train to Lutsk. Via Rivne-Lutsk road, you’ll reach the crossroads at Zoria, a small village with signposts that will guide you further. Collect another precious memory – it’s worth it! 10 Best Hotels in Rivne Private Tour to Tuel of Love from Kiev 3. Danakil Depression, Ethiopia Also known as “the gateway to hell” the Danakil Depression is generally referred to as the hottest place on the planet! This alien-like landscape is the result of the continental drift of three tectonic plates. Salt lakes, lava lakes, volcanoes, and colorful acidic springs bake in temperatures of 34.5°C (94°F) to around 55°C (131°F), and even more! Thanks to geothermal heat caused by volcanic activity, the climate is challenging for salt miners, scientists, and travelers alike. You may very well feel you’re at the end of the Earth. Best Mekʼelē Hotels, Ethiopia Danakil Depression Tours & Trips 4. Vinicunca Mountain, Peru Yes, it does look like a painting, right? But, it’s not. Otherwise called Winikunka, Montaña de Siete Colores, or Montaña de Colores, it lies 5,200 meters above sea level. It is famous for the peaks and slopes’  colorful rainbow patterns. Thus also appropriately known as the “Rainbow Mountain”. It is believed that the unique colors are a result of sedimentary deposits over time. With the weather on your side, this is one amazing 4 km (2.5 miles) hike and worth exploring.  Where to stay in Cusco Vinicunca Tours & Trips 5. Canyonlands National Park, Moab, USA Canyonlands is known for its dramatic desert landscape carved by the Colorado River. Tourists tend to overlook Canyonlands National Park for Arches National Park on its doorstep. However, Canyonlands features no less than 80 impressive arches and is well worth discovering. Our photo is of Canyonlands’ most famous arch, namely Mesa Arch in Willow Flat in the Island in the Sky District. Whatever you do, don’t miss a sunset at this spectacular viewpoint.  Travel Tip: It’s an ideal RV holiday!  FREE DOWNLOAD: Canyonlands National Park Map Where To Stay In Moab Canyonlands National Park Tours & Trips 6. Caño Cristales, Columbia Also known as the River Of Colors, Caño Cristales lies in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. Other names include the “River of 5 Colors” and “Liquid Rainbow”. All of which are evident in summer when the river turns red thanks to a unique endemic plant species (Macarenia clavígera) on the Columbian river bed. Besides this unique phenomenon, you will be surrounded by “jaguars, cougars, anteaters, eight different kinds of monkeys, 550 species of birds, 1,200 species of insects, 100 species of reptiles, 50 different species of the orchid flower, as well as an amazing array of plant life”. Yes, all of this in the Serranía de la Macarena National Park. Pack your bags! Hotels near Caño Cristales, La Macarena Caño Cristales Tours & Trips 7. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska What you see is another natural phenomenon that has left scientists baffled for years. The different shades of blue in the ice crystals inside these caves in the Mendenhall Glacier are jaw-dropping scenes. The absolute best value for your buck is to join a tour group to experience the beauty of these natural ice formations. However, you can go by car to Glacier Spur Road. From here you’d have to walk the rest of the way, which is around 2.4 km (1.5 miles). Free Download: Mendenhall Glacier Trail The 10 best hotels & places to stay in Juneau Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour 8. The Crooked Forest, Poland There are so many different theories about the Crooked Forest (Polish: Krzywy Las) near Gryfino. Yet, the general take is that the trees were deliberately manipulated in the 1930s for shipbuilding. That said, nobody knows for sure. There is no record of why only these 400 pine trees grow as if they are part of a fairytale. The best hotels & places to stay in Gryfino, Poland 9. The Wave, Arizona, USA I don’t blame you for thinking you may be looking at Jurassic Park! In the Coyote Buttes ravine, some 1.6 km (5,225 feet) above sea level, stands Arizona’s The Wave. The incredible sandstone rock formation lies on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness of the Colorado Plateau. Because of the not-so-well-marked trails, I highly recommend teaming up with a guide. The 4.8 km (3 miles) hike is moderate in difficulty. At 190 million years old, this is one of the greatest geological wonders on our planet. Travel Tip: The only way to hike The Wave is with a permit. Don’t forget to take plenty of water.  The 10 Best Canyonlands National Park Hotels Canyonlands National Park Tours & Trekking 10. Dead Vlei, Namibia You will find this white clay pan inside the Namib-Naukluft Park, near Sossusvlei in Namibia. Dead Vlei, or Deadvlei, means “dead marsh”. You’re looking at trees that are around 1,000 years old, scorched by the sun. The area was not always this dry. On the contrary, it was brimming with life around 900 years ago. Then the climate changed, the landscape dried up and so Dead Vlei was eventually blocked off from water access by towering dunes. If your goal is to die with memories, and not dreams, then a trip to Sossusvlei will be one of your most outstanding memories. Full Article on Sossusvlei, Namibia The 10 Best Places to Stay in Sossusvlei, Namibia 11. NAZCA Lines, Peru Tour Nazca Lines | Book the Best Tours on Viator Places to stay near Nazca Lines 12. Lake Hévíz, Hungary Private Independent Thermal Lake Hévíz Visit from Budapest The 10 best resorts in Hévíz, Hungary | Booking.com

Síaréna Eplény, The Largest Ski Resort In Hungary

Ski you later! Hungarians are not blessed with a vast range of snow-ski-resorts, but all hope is not lost. Síaréna Eplény lies in Hungary’s Veszprém County, at an altitude of 388 meters above sea level.  With careful planning, you stand a good chance to get into your ski boots. And if it’s already autumn, best you start planning.  Road in the forest near Eplény. Your best options on how to get to Eplény Eplény is about 119 km outside Budapest. That makes it well under 2 hours driving by car (via Route 8 and M7), and an ideal weekend getaway.Popular nowJasper – Stargazing Paradise | All you need to know Alternatively, hop on a train that will take you into Eplény, operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV). Coming from Budapest (Budapest-Deli platform) the journey by train is around 1h52m (fastest option). You’ll have a 7-minute layover time which I’ve included in the time estimate. Skiing in Eplény Síaréna Eplény is the nearest ski resort about 3.4 km from the village. With 8 ski lifts you’ll ski across 7.7 km of which 5.4 km are easy skiing. Advanced skiers have a 1 km challenge, whereas expert skiers have 1.3 km to show off their skiing ability. Together, you have plenty of scenic downhill skiing across the 16 pistes. Incidentally, it’s Hungary’s only ski resort with a chairlift. Dress for the occasion No need to worry if you don’t have the necessary ski gear. There is a ski outlet that will gladly assist in complete ski and snowboard rentals and equipment.  You may as well follow Intersport Síaréna Eplény on Facebook. They have programs that run throughout the year, well worth a trip or two. Ski passes Intersport Síaréna Eplény is also the go-to for your ski passes. They run specials from time to time, so again, join their Facebook to stay in the know. Usually the season runs from early December to late March. Generally, the later (around March) you go, the better chance of snow you have at such low altitude. A day ticket can be from HUF 9,900 for adults, HUF 8,900 for students, and HUF 7,000 for children. Time for après ski Après ski and skiing goes together like butter and bread. In true tradition the refined practice of ending a long, cold day with spiked cider or mulled wine, huddling with friends to unwind before heading home can also be enjoyed at Síaréna Eplény. Hotels near Síaréna Eplény Veszprém is about 23 minutes (21 km) by car from Síaréna Eplény, and offers a wider range of places to stay, including hotel stays.  Eplény is a very small village (8.28 km²) with a small range of guesthouses in true Hungarian hospitality.  And as I’ve mentioned earlier, it’s the nearest village to the ski resort. Check availability in Veszprém Check availability in Eplény Source: Eplény – Intersport Ski Resort – Síaréna – Hungary Come, get lost with me in hungary… The Best of Hungary | Your Travel Guide Eger | The Legend of The Bull’s Blood The Best Of Budapest | Free 4-Day Itinerary List Of Upside Down Houses In The World Discover Hungary