Because it stayed behind the thick veil of the Iron Curtain for much of the twentieth century, spending the next couple of decades crawling back, only recently has the world awakened to the wonders of Hungary. Some of its appeal stems from those darker days, like the famous ruin bars in Budapest. But much also stems from the rich history predating that, like the Much of which you can find along the country’s National Blue Trail.

You’ll also find one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe in Budapest, where beyond the famous Buda cathedral it boasts some of the most spectacular architecture on the continent. Hungary also has wine country not far from the city, full of rolling hills lined with grape vines and some of the most sparingly great juice you’ll try. So check out our guide to all the best things to do in Budapest, and learn how to branch out from there.