Lying halfway between the Danube and the Tisza Rivers in the heart of the Southern Plain, Kecskemét is a city ringed with vineyards and orchards that don’t seem to stop at the limits of this ‘garden city’. Indeed, Kecskemét’s agricultural wealth was used wisely – it was able to redeem all its debts in 1832 – and today it boasts some of the finest architecture of a small city in the country. Along with colourful Art Nouveau and Secessionist architecture, its fine museums and the region’s excellent barackpálinka (apricot brandy) attract. And Kiskunság National Park, the puszta of the Southern Plain, is right at the back door. Day-trip opportunities include hiking in the sandy, juniper-covered hills, a horse show at Bugac or a visit to one of the region’s many horse farms.