The professionals and travel bloggers, while compiling the list, took into consideration the following factors: how beautiful the region is, what the prices are there, what available programmes there are, and how crowded the region usually is.
Mastercard believes that being involved in the list of the bests will be beneficial for Hungary’s tourism. Even though Lake Balaton, the Hungarian sea, is one of the most visited spots in Hungary, the astonishing uplands, situated in its northern part, are less known among tourists. It is not just the fact that Hungary has an advantageous geographic location, but also the fact that the prices are friendly – compared to the rest of the European countries. It also adds to the country’s benefits that more and more restaurants, pubs and museums accept cards as a method of payment, making travelling much easier.
The Uplands from above
These are the top 15 hidden treasures of Europe:
Asturias and the Covadonga Monastery in Spain
Mdina and Zebbug, Malta
Salzkammergut region, Austria
The Azores, Portugal
Lednice-Valtice, Czech Republic
Pag Island, Croatia
Saaremaa Island, Estonia
Volos and Pelion region, Greece
Velika Planina, Slovenia
Naarden, The Netherlands
Cape Kolka, Latvia
Danube Delta, Romania
However, there are many excellent holiday destinations in the neighbouring countries. In case you are planning a longer trip, most of them are included on Mastercard’s list, like the Austrian Salzkammergut region, the Lednice-Valtice cultural region in the Czech Republic, or the Danube Delta in Romania. These destinations are affordable and you can get there by car (from Hungary). According to the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, these places are very popular among Hungarians, so why not trust their good judgement?