Language: Hungarian / Population: 9.9 million / Currency: Hungarian forint
Climate Typical European continental, with warm, dry summers and fairly cold winters. January is the coldest month with temp. usually around zero but sometimes can be much colder.Heavy snowfall can be possible. Best weather for Hungary travel is May – September. It can rain more in spring than summer.
Suggested clothing Lightweight cottons and linens during summer. Warmer medium-weights to heavyweights and rainwear are needed during the winter months. A sweater may be needed throughout the year in the evenings or for trekking in the mountains, even in the summer duing your Hungary travel.
Hungarian cuisine is based on meat, seasonal vegetables, fruits and bread. Hungarians use a lot of peppers in various forms. It is said that when the Hungarians start cooking, they first taking peppers then thinking what add to it. They use powdered sweet and spicy, fresh and dried spicy peppers, and lots of onions and garlic. Hungarians prepare many dishes in the kettle. One of the most popular is the goulash soup (Gulyásleves) and fish soup (Halaszle). It is worth to try fried in oil, crumpet (Lángos). For dessert, try Dobos cake. This is a sponge cake with chocolate cream and caramel. If you’re not a fan of cakes, try something else of sweet. I propose sweet, dessert white wine (Tokay) or some fruit distillate (pálinka).
Foreign Relations Member of the UN since 1955. Member of NATO from 1999, and a member of the EU from 2004.
1. Wizzair Remember Wizzair low cost airline is Hungarian. You can choose from many destinations your flights to Hungary and cost of a ticket is usually very low.
2. Buy tube and bus tickets. It’s very easy to get a fine in Hungary, there is so many controls during traveling in public transport, that there is no chance to commute fo free, just buy the ticket.
3. Walk Walk Walk. City centre in Buda and Pest is walkable so you on’t have to take tram, tube or bus often, however sometimes when hotel is far or you wanna visit remote sights you have to take a public transport.
4. Budapest Card If you going to Budapest great think will be Buapest Card what can give you unlimited travel on public transport, free or discounted entry to 60 museums and to especial sights and discounts in restaurants and shops. card for 24h cost 17 euro (19),48h 27euro (30) and 72h 33 euro (36,5)
Expense report for Hungary travel guide are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)
|Big Mac||€ 2,90|
|Bread||€ from 0,56|
|Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink)||€ from 6,00|
|Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)||€ from 9,00|
|Beer (0,5)||€ from 0,60|
|Wine (0,75)||€ from 3,00|
|Hungarian National Museum||€ 3,50|
|Bus Ticket||€ 1,13|
|Hotel (**** double room)||€ from 24,00|
|Budget Hotel (double room)||€ from 40,00|
|Hostel||€ from 7,00|
1. Buda Castle Some people wanna consider Budapest as as the Paris of the north, in my honest opinion it’s bullshit. You can’t said that, in my opinion the castle itself with beautiful white walls and romantic towers is unique and can’t be suh shortly compare. If you have possibility go and enjoy sunset from the top of the walls looking for beautiful river Danube and Parliament. Great Pleasure.
2. Lake Balaton is a freshwater, largest lake in the Central Europe. The best time is from beginning of June until end of August. The water temperature is around 25 during the summer so great possibilities for water spots. Hungary travel guide suggest that you can visit Balaton even in winter when you can go ice-fishing, sledge or even ice-sail! Tihany is very popular and beautiful resort.
3. Parliament and Danube
Parliament it’s the most beautiful sight of Danube in Budapest an i was completed as part of independence of Hungary from Austria. The building is giant: 268 meters of length 12,5 miles of corridors, 691 rooms, and have 96 meters high central dome. however tour will take only 45 minutes. Hungary travel guide recommend to book a tour in advance to not wait in huge queues.
4. Historic Spas Hungary have amazing history about spas it dates back 2 000 years ago to Roman times. Turkish built many Turkish baths in 16th century, some of them are still in use. I heard that 1 000 springs provide medicinal and thermal water. The most popular is Lake Heviz with it’s 25 degrees C yearly average water temp. it’s second largest thermal lake (Heviz lake) but biggest active natural lake.
5. Pécs Was founded by romans in 2nd century, early christian necropolis became a UNESCO site. In 2010 Pécs was selected to be the European Capital of Culture sharing the title together with Essen and Istanbul. It have the oldest Hungarian University with still a lot of students.
6. The Caves of Lillafüred Very popular and famous for spectacular caves like Istvan cave with stalactite formation, Petofi Cave with impressions of extinct plants and Szeleta Cave with relics from Ice age.
7. Tokaj Region Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. You can discover there traditions about making wines intact up to the present.
1. Chill Outing With this amazing spas and baths you can go with your chill out to another galaxy.
2. Cycling in Budapest. There is s many popular companies offering cycling activities in Hungary so you can easily find your and enjoy this awesome city on your two wheels.
3. Lake water sports as I said about lake Balaton,the best time to go there is from beginning of June until end of August. The water temperature is around 25 during the summer so great possibilities for water spots. Hungary travel guide suggest that you can visit Balaton even in winter when you can go ice-fishing, sledge or even ice-sail! Tihany is very popular and beautiful resort.
4. Hiking and Trekking Great and diverse destination. The main part of the country is in the Carpathian Basin so where you can find eat plains and mountain ranges.
According Hungary travel guide The European emergency number 112 is not the only one in Hungary, you can use as well 104 – ambulance & emergency medical services, 105 – fire-brigade, rescue services, civil protection, 107 – police.
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