As a Romanian, my general perception about the country and its looks is not that good (excepting, of course, outdoors which I find just amazing). But for towns and cities, besides a few like Bucharest, Sibiu and Cluj Napoca, I’ve always had this idea that they’re not in a really good shape. This was also the case for Oradea, but I guess that our stay in the city completely changed my perspective.

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To Bupdapest we’ve been before, more than once. And yes, it’s a proper country capital city in all aspects – history, culture, nightlife, cuisine. But this time, during our 4 days road trip in Hungary, we decided to leave Budapest behind and see what the smaller towns of the country have to offer.

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We put Hollókő on our map for the Hungary road trip for two main reasons: 1. It’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site and 2. It has a Romanian brother – Rimetea, which we visited this May and we wanted to see some more.

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During our road trip in Hungary, we chose to forget about driving around and sightseeing, and we spent half a day doing nothing, but relax in a rather unusual place.

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Hungary first formed as a state in the year 1000, when King Istvan (Stephen) was crowned. About 200 years later the Mongols invaded eastern Europe, including Hungary, during the dynamic westward expansion of the Mongol Empire and of course left the country a complete mess. It was after this that the rulers of the country decided to invest time and effort in a stronger defense mechanism and this is how the first fortified castles appeared.

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We always have a vacation in September as it’s not that hot anymore, not that full of tourists everywhere, the prices are lower and the weather is still quite good for staying outside. This year, we changed plans a few times before actually choosing the final destination, and as the weather up in the mountains was not looking too good, we said that a road trip in Hungary will do the trick.

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In the recent years, Romania has been going through a boom regarding the production of craft beer. Craft beer is normally produced in small independent breweries, where the ones producing it, put all the accent on quality, and not quantity. It’s all about mingling with flavors, about mixing all sorts of hops to get that special taste. From Indian Pale Ale, to Weiss beer, to Stout, to Pils,  you name it, they have it and produce it.

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Summer weekend, perfect weather forecast, in the mood for sleeping under the stars, but also for doing some proper workout. Enough reasons to leave from work one Friday afternoon directly to the Râmețului Gorges (Cheile Râmețului).

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