Sanderson Consultancy and Hungary Tourism had both a morning and an evening training session at Strand Palace Hotel
Hungary is largely forgotten as it is landlocked, wedged between Poland, Slovakia and Romania. This is shame because it has so much to offer.
Of course Budapest is a well established city break with BA, Wizzair and Easyjet offering flights from London.
Budapest is a city of two halves with Buda being the quieter, hillier and greener side offering views from the castle and Fishermans Bastion and on the other side of the river is the busier Pest side. Most of the hotels, restaurants, embassies and museums are on the Pest side and also Andrassy Palace and the Jewish Quarter.
The Arts Centre opened in March 2005 and is one of the best concert halls in Europe for classical music, opera and dance
Dividing Buda and Pest is the Danube and some of the loveliest bridges in Europe including Chain Bridge
I went to Budapest shortly after Easyjet introduced flights there and I think the two things that impressed me most were the cuisine which is very imaginitive and inexpensive and also the Szobor Park. This is now known as Memento Park. It isn’t that easy to get to but the effort is very worthwhile. All the immense and terrifyingly powerful communist statues were torn down from town squares and are now living in this park.
Apart from Budapest and a holiday I sold once to Lake Balaton, I have to confess that I knew very little about Hungary. I vaguely knew of the new Wizzair route from Luton to Debrecen only because I was doing some research into getting clients to Slovakia.
One thing I learnt today is that Debrecen isn’t just a Ryanair type of obscure airport in the middle of Eastern Europe but a destination that deserves to be taken seriously in its own right
Debrecen itself is Hungary’s second city at the Eastern side of Hungary. It is a UNESCO World Heritage city with a distinctive Protestant Church in the centre. Within half an hour of Debrecen are the spas of Hajduszoboszlo where the waters have healing properties and it is an area that is famous for dentistry and medical specialists. The spas are probably the cheapest in Europe
Hortobagy is the largest continuous grassland in Europe and an area for nature, birdwatching and ecotourism
Within an hour or so of Debrecen you can find culture, nature, spas, medical tourism gastronomy and vineyards so there are many reasons to go to Debrecen and as Budapest is only a two and a half hour train ride away costing very little it is entirely feasible to do two nights in Budapest and two nights in Debrecen to experience both sides of Hungary
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