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Wildlife holidays in Hungary

Tell me about Hungary …

Hungary is a fascinating, land-locked country at the heart of central Europe, nestling in the Carpathian basin.

In contrast to the dramatic revolutions in Romania and East Germany, the transition in the late 1980s from the liberal Hungarian blend of communism, the so-called Goulash Communism, to today’s free democratic state was so peaceful and trouble-free that it went almost unnoticed. As a result Hungary is now one of the most prosperous and stable countries in the region.

Hungary is a land of rich scenic contrasts, from the distant horizons of the great Hungarian steppe, to the woodlands of the Bukk and Buda Hills, foothills of the Carpathian Mountain range that sweeps across central and eastern Europe

Our Hungary specialist recommends...

"Join our ‘Hungary in Summer’ tour for a general wildlife holiday where we search for the birds, butterflies, dragonflies and plants. For something a little more specialist then perhaps our ‘Hungary’s Bats, Mammals & Other Wildlife’ holiday is for you."

Paul Stanbury
Operations Manager

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Great Bittern (Paul Marshall)Otter feeding (Malcolm Stott)Garganey (Malcolm Stott)Cranes and full moon (Malcolm Stott)Common Cranes in flight (Malcolm Stott)Cranes flying in to roost (Malcolm Stott)Geranium Argus (Andy Daw)Woodland Brown (Andy Daw)Lesser Fiery Copper (David Ferguson)Hungarian Glider  (David Ferguson)Large Blue  (David Ferguson)Rural Hungary (Mr & Mrs McLennan)Hor valley, Bukk National ParkEarly morning Beech woodlands (Jon Stokes)Jon Stokes and Naturetrek group (Sandor)Erecting a mist net outside a bat swarming cave (Roy Taylor)Serotine BatPond Bat (Jon Stokes)

Whats special about the wildlife?

Hungarys varied habitats, much of which are still tended and farmed using wildlife friendly techniques, are home to a wonderful range of plant and animal life, all easily accessible within an excellent network of national parks.

Its birds, butterflies and rich flora are of particular interest.

Naturetrek tours to Hungary

Naturetrek offers a range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours to Hungary. Our choice of tours includes spring bird watching in the Aggtelek National Park, a holiday looking for a wide variety of butterflies in north-eastern Hungary, an exploration of the birds, butterflies, dragonflies and plants in the Bukk and Hortobagy National Parks, and an autumn bird watching holiday focusing on the migration of Common Cranes, together with wildfowl, raptors and Great Bustards.

What might I see?

  • Special birds such as Ural Owl, Imperial Eagle, Great Bustard, White-backed Woodpecker & Aquatic Warbler
  • One of the continents most impressive wildlife spectacles – the sight & sound of tens of thousands of Cranes flying to their autumnal roosts
  • There are 200 butterfly species on record for Hungary – more than three times the number found in the UK
  • The Hungarian wines are rather good, too!

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Hungary HOLIDAYS

N & M.
Dorset
Hungary in Spring

Hungary has so much wildlife in the spring and has so many excellent wildlife sites that 8 days proved far too short.

Mr & Mrs W.
London
Autumn in Hungary

Gerrard Gorman was an excellent guide with comprehensive local knowledge, who enabled us to see an amazing variety of birds and other wildlife and opened up much of the history and development of the country to us. Geoff Carr was really helpful with the scope and explained so much about the birds we were seeing and the wider migration habits. A great combination!
Both Vic Tucker and Andras Schmidt were excellent - helpful and knowledgeable. The drivers were also good.