Hungary, 2nd

Overview

With increasing airline coverage of Budapest, keen foreign interest in the local property market, a weak currency, and significant recent investment in hotels and other visitor facilities, Hungary’s tourist industry is booming. The first edition of Bradt’s Hungary won the Best Guide Book Award from the British Guild of Travel Writers; this thoroughly updated second edition further strengthens the guide, offering expanded coverage of Lake Balaton (which ...

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Overview

With increasing airline coverage of Budapest, keen foreign interest in the local property market, a weak currency, and significant recent investment in hotels and other visitor facilities, Hungary’s tourist industry is booming. The first edition of Bradt’s Hungary won the Best Guide Book Award from the British Guild of Travel Writers; this thoroughly updated second edition further strengthens the guide, offering expanded coverage of Lake Balaton (which now has its own airport and is a popular resort destination), new walking trails in the countryside, details of the best thermal baths, information on dental and medical tourism, and much more.   

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841622859
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 944,028
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Phillips is Editorial Director at Bradt Travel Guides; he has travelled regularly to Hungary for the last ten years. Jo Scotchmer  is a public-relations director; she has contributed to a number of national magazines in her capacity as a freelance journalist.

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One Man and His Mop

When we first saw a puli running down the street in Budapest, we looked around with some chagrin for the joker who was throwing mop heads around. It is one of the oddest dogs you’ll see, a compact canine whose shaggy coat forms a series of natural cords—often mistaken for dreadlocks—that reach to the ground, covering its whole body. If the dog is standing still, it can be difficult to tell whether it is wagging a tail or shaking a head. When lying flat, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a bath mat—although it would be a poor performer in this respect, for the puli can take three days to air dry, and will walk carefully around a small puddle.

Despite appearances, the puli is highly agile. It looks more sheep than shepherd, but was brought to Hungary by Magyar tribesmen over 1,000 years ago as a herder of livestock on the plains. The dogs gathered the stock from the villages, and drove them between grazing areas or to market. Pulik differed from other working dogs, such as border collies, in having to move huge numbers of sheep—often upwards of 400, many with foot rot—in tall grass. As a result, theirs was a vigorous and less-refined method than other breeds—bounding to see over the grass and yelping to spur the flock into motion. They are usually black in colour (originally to distinguish them from the sheep), highly intelligent, extremely active, and expressive watchdogs. Bred to be the sole companion of the shepherd during months of isolation, they are also affectionate and loyal.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: GENERAL INFORMATION

Chapter 1: Background information

Chapter 2: Practical information

PART TWO: THE GUIDE

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 Tansdanubia

Chapter 10: Lake Balaton

Appendix 1: Language

Appendix 2: Further Reading

Index

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