Northern Hungary

The north of Hungary is home to the country's highest peak, miles and miles of hiking trails, vast cave complexes, lakes, waterfalls, sweet golden and robust red wines, UNESCO world heritage sights and old industrial towns where time has stopped.

Tokaj-Hegyalja, a World Heritage site since 2002, is the most famous among Hungary's wine regions, and not without a reason. It has a very special climate around the perfectly shaped, volcanic Tokaj Mountain, which helps noble rot to evolve thus giving an extraordinary aroma and texture to certain wines. The liquid gold produced here is called Tokaji Aszú, and carries the highandmighty title of ‘king of wines, wine of kings'. If you feel like being a king for a day, or just drinking like one, all you need is a bottle of Tokaji and some fancy glassware. For a general idea about how village people might have lived in the area, visit World Heritage Listed Hollókő, named the most beautiful village in Hungary in several surveys. Time has really stopped here some hundreds of years ago, girls and women still wear voluminous, multicolored skirts and billowing blouses as they stroll the streets with men in black boots, felt waistcoats and round hats. Visit this whitewashed and wooden-roofed northern village any day of the year, but for a truly old school folk festivity go at Easter. You might get sprinkled with a bucketload of cold spring water, but only in the name of fertility and eternal youth.