景點 Without Free 之溫泉美食鄉——匈牙利
Hungary''s wealth of attractions leaves visitors hungrymfor more.
The country of Hungary is earning a strong reputation through Europe and beyond for its many tourist attractions. Since the fall of the USSR, Hungary has been working to regain its place in Europe. Now a part of the European Union and with an improving economy, it has become a popular travel destination.
Hungary is one of the oldest European countries, and it boasts a nationhood dating back to the 9th century. This long history has allowed Hungary to produce a wealth of architectural gems, from the magnificent cathedrals and churches of its capital, Budapest, to romantic ruins of castles which dot the countryside.
What''s more, Hungary is rich in thermal water, the water that makes hot springs hot. Like its architecture, Hungary''s spa culture has a long history. The Romans built the first hot water spas in what would later be known as Hungary, and since then, spas have been an important part of Hungarian life. There are approximately 450 public hot baths in the country, and Budapest uses two million bathtubs'' worth of thermal water every day.
Even the food in Hungary is hot. Paprika (紅椒粉), a spice made from a kind of pepper, is used to give much of Hungary''s cuisine a spicy flavor. The national dish is goulash, a beef stew laced with hot peppers, which is often balanced out by sour cream.
These attractions have made Hungary one of the world''s top 15 tourist destinations over the past 10 years. Thanks to its amazing architecture, soothing spas, and famous food, this is a trend that is sure to continue.
Words to know:
- USSR = Union of Soviet Socialist Republics （前）蘇維埃社會主義共和國聯盟
- destination n. 目的地
- nationhood n. 獨立國家（的地位）
- gem n. 珍品，寶物
- magnificent a. 宏偉的
- ruins n. 廢墟；遺跡（恆用複數）
- thermal a. 溫泉的
- spa n. 礦泉療養地；水療中心
- worth n. 價值；值一定金額的數量
two million bathtubs'' worth of thermal water 足以裝滿兩百萬個浴缸的溫泉水
- cuisine n. 料理，菜餚
- goulash n. 菜燉牛肉
- stew n. 燉煮的食物
beef stew 燉牛肉
- soothing a. 慰藉
匈牙利是歐洲最古老的國家之一，建國歷史可追溯至西元 9 世紀。悠久的歷史讓匈牙利擁有許多建築上的瑰寶，其中包括位於首都布達佩斯的宏偉大教堂和小教堂，以及散佈於鄉間附有浪漫色彩的城堡遺跡。
不僅如此，匈牙利蘊含豐富的地熱水，也就是溫泉水的來源。匈牙利的溫泉文化，正如同其建築文化一樣，享有悠久的歷史。羅馬人在現今的匈牙利境內建造了首批溫泉水療中心，也從此讓水療成為匈牙利生活的重心之一。該國目前擁有約 450 座公共溫泉，光布達佩斯每天消耗的地熱水就足以裝滿兩百萬個浴缸。
這些觀光特色使匈牙利在過去 10 年來名列世界前 15 大的熱門景點。由於這些美麗建築、舒壓水療和著名美食，匈牙利的地位將歷久不墜。