Hungary is a heart-stealer. It will lure you back again and again to taste its rich wines, unwind in its thermal spas, gaze at its birdlife and make one more attempt to master its difficult hermetic language. It has all the luxury of western Europe with picturesque vistas. Its graceful capital Budapest has a lively arts, cafe and music scene, and is host to a range of cultural and sporting festivals. In the countryside you are sure to find majestic plains, resort-lined lakes, Baroque towns, horse markets and rustic villages. In May and June it can be pretty wet, though spring is just glorious in Hungary. The Hungarian summer is hot, sunny and unusually long, but the resorts are very crowded in late July and August. Like in Paris and Rome, ere is also a in August in Budapest. Autumn is beautiful, particularly in the hills around Budapest and in the Northern Uplands. November is one of the rainiest months of the year, however. Winter is cold, often chilly and museums and other tourist sights are often closed. By the way animal lovers might also want to skip this season as many of the women are draped in furry dead things throughout the winter.