Outdoor Activities Sports

GOLF For information, contact the Hungarian Golf Club, V. Becsi ut 5 (& 1 317-6025 www.golfhungary.hu). The nearest course is located on Szentendre Island, 25 minutes north of Budapest by car. Call the course directly at & 26 392-465- For putting practice, the 19th Hole Golf Driving Range is located at II. Adyliget, Fekete-fej u. 6 (& 1 354-1510). HORSEBACK RIDING Riding remains a popular activity in Hungary, land of the widely feared Magyar horsemen of a bygone era. A good place to...

Exploring Kazimierz

Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter, is an absolute must that defies easy description. It's at once a tumbled-down, decrepit former ghetto, filled with the haunting artifacts of a culture that was brutally uprooted and destroyed a generation ago. It also happens to be Krakow's coolest nightclub district, filled with cafes, cocktail bars, and trendy eateries that would not be out of place in New York's Soho or East Village. The juxtaposition is enlivening and jarring at the same time. To their...

Gdansk

Gdansk (www.Gdarisk.pl or http guide.trojmiasto.pl) is a pleasant surprise. If you were expecting a dingy Baltic seaport, maybe reinforced by those foggy, black-and-white TV memories of Lech Walgsa and embattled Solidarity dockworkers, you'll be in for a shock. Modern-day Gdarisk is a beautiful seaside town, with a lovingly restored Old Town and an easy, laid-back feel. On arrival, you'll immediately want to extend your stay, so plan on spending at least an extra day longer than budgeted. Even...

The Yearold City Of Pecs

Pecs (pronounced Paych) is a delightful, exuberant place, the largest and loveliest city in the Mecsek Hill region. Situated 32km (20 miles) or so from the Croatian border, the city enjoys a particularly warm and arid climate in fact, the rolling hills around Pecs are the source of some of Hungary's finest fresh fruit. Few places in Hungary possess a more Mediterranean quality than Pecs, the city that was recently named to share the title of Cultural Capital of Europe in 2010. Known as the...

Moments Drinking Wine with Six Fingers Manolev

Ironically, given how famous the region is for its red wines, there is no wine shop dedicated to promoting a selection of the winemakers in the village, nor is it possible to arrange a wine tasting (as an individual at any rate) with the region's best cellar Damianitza Cellar (www.melnikwine.bg) which caters only to groups. If you're not a wine snob, there is, however, a delightful wine-tasting experience to be had in a 250-year-old cave cellar overlooking the village. As you leave Kerdopulova...

Timisoara

Timijoara is 562km (348 miles) W of Bucharest Timi oara (pronounced tim-u -schwara, and called Temesvar by Hungarians) is considered Romania's most cosmopolitan city, defined by its strong associations with western European culture and progressive aspirations This was the first European city to install street lighting, and the first to run off hydroelectric power. You'd never guess that this peaceful place, with its languid parks and gardens and gorgeous, lively squares, was once a hotbed of...

Specialized Travel Resources

Most disabilities shouldn't stop anyone from traveling. There are more options and resources available than ever before. However, accommodations for disabled travelers in Eastern European countries are sporadic at best and usually concentrated in upscale establishments in larger cities. If disabled access is a concern, it's best to book through a travel agency that caters to those with this concern. Many travel agencies offer customized tours and itineraries for travelers with disabilities....

Where To Stay Dine Village Stays

Home stays are a fine way of discovering the region and its people, and locals have discovered that they are an excellent way to supplement their incomes in some villages, it seems as though every second house is open for business, offering beds and home-cooked meals. The quality of the experience may differ from home to home a firmer mattress here, a larger shower room there , but ultimately, it is dealings with your convivial hosts that translate into memories. The three options described...