The question that visitors to Hungary always find themselves asking is this: how has a landlocked country that’s lived through countless invasions managed to retain such a distinct cultural identity? The Hungarian tongue is completely unconnected to any other European language other than Finnish or Estonian. Its cuisine is proudly unique, revolving around scented stews, stuffed pancakes and cream-laden cakes. Its architecture, too, is wonderfully exotic. Strolling through the streets of Budapest, Debrecen or Szeged, past medieval townhouses standing shoulder-to-shoulder with art nouveau schools, grandiose mosques and Baroque churches, you simply couldn’t be in any other country. The added pull of 300-plus natural thermal springs and thousands of square miles of unspoiled countryside makes this one of Europe’s most exciting travel destinations.