The level plains and grasslands give way to a chain of wooded hills as you head north and east.
It’s hard to name the single thing that makes Szeged such an appealing city.
Debrecen is Hungary's second-largest city, and its name has been synonymous with wealth and conservatism since the 16th century.
The Great Plain covers some 45,000 sq km, encompassing half the nation's territory but only about a third of the population.
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’.
You have to look at Nyíregyháza from the inside out.
This may not be the ‘Lake Balaton of the Great Plain’, as tourist brochures put it, but Lake Tisza (Tisza-tó) on the Central Plain offers outdoors enthusiasts a quiet, laid-back alternative.
A town of spas with the last remaining medieval brick castle on the Great Plain, Gyula is a wonderful place to rest before crossing the border into Romania just 4km to the east.
This village, some 40km west of Debrecen, is the centre of the Hortobágy region, and was once celebrated for its sturdy cowboys, inns and Gypsy bands.
Kalocsa is as celebrated for its paprika and folk art as for its long and rich history.
Thousands of visitors flock to Hajdúszoboszló, the country’s largest thermal bathing centre and water park.
Folksy blue and red painted flowers enliven the walls of a church in Csaroda, a kerchief-clad grandmother sits by the fence in Tákos selling her needlework, and row after row of boat-shaped wooden grave markers stand sentinel in Szatmárcseke.
About 45km south of Kalocsa on the banks of the Danube is Baja, a town best known as a holiday and sports centre.