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Hungary Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Hungarian Forint (Ft)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = Ft354.17
💬Language Hungarian
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Budapest
👥Population 9.7 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs C, F
🕑Time Central European Time (UTC+01:00)
🍽️Must-Try Goulash, Langos, Dobos Torte

Backpacker Budget: US$37 (Ft 13,104)

Hostel Dorm US$14 (Ft 4,958)
Takeaway Meal US$5 (Ft 1,771)
Public transport US$1.75 (Ft 620)
Long-distance bus US$20 (Ft 7,083)
Entrance Fee US$10 (Ft 3,542)
Beer US$2.25 (Ft 797)

When to go?

April - September High season, warm and sunny weather perfect for outdoor activities.
October - March Low season, cold weather but with the charm of winter markets and festivals.

What's unique?

Welcome to Hungary, the land of stunning architecture, vibrant culture, and rich history. Nestled in the heart of Europe, this enchanting country offers a unique blend of Eastern and Western influences that captivate visitors from around the globe.

One of Hungary's most iconic features is its breathtaking capital city, Budapest. Known as the 'Pearl of the Danube', Budapest boasts an array of architectural wonders that showcase its diverse heritage. From the majestic Parliament Building to the romantic Fisherman's Bastion, every corner reveals a story waiting to be discovered.

Hungary is also renowned for its thermal baths. With over 1,000 natural thermal springs scattered throughout the country, indulging in these rejuvenating waters has become a cherished Hungarian tradition. Whether you choose to visit Széchenyi Spa or Gellért Baths in Budapest or explore one of the many spa towns such as Hévíz or Eger, immerse yourself in relaxation and wellness.

But Hungary offers more than just city delights; it also boasts picturesque landscapes and charming countryside. The serene beauty of Lake Balaton mesmerizes with its turquoise waters and surrounding vineyards. Meanwhile, exploring hidden gems like Eger or Pécs allows you to step back in time and experience traditional Hungarian life.

With its warm hospitality, mouthwatering cuisine featuring dishes like goulash and chimney cake (kürtőskalács), captivating folklore traditions such as folk dancing and music festivals like Sziget Festival – Hungary promises an unforgettable adventure for all those who seek something truly extraordinary.

Great Market Hall, Budapest
Great Market Hall, Budapest

The Best of Hungary
(2 weeks)

  1. 1
    Budapest

    The capital city of Hungary, known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant nightlife.

  2. 2
    Eger

    A charming town famous for its thermal baths and the medieval Eger Castle.

  3. 3
    Lake Balaton

    The largest lake in Central Europe, offering beautiful beaches, sailing opportunities, and scenic landscapes.

  4. 4
    Debrecen

    The second-largest city in Hungary, known for its historical significance, vibrant culture, and thermal baths.

  5. 5
    Aggtelek National Park

    A UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its unique cave system and diverse wildlife.

Hungarian Parliament, Budapest
Hungarian Parliament, Budapest

Fun Fact

Hungary is home to the second-largest thermal lake in the world, Lake Hévíz.

FAQ

What are some popular tourist destinations in Hungary?

Some popular tourist destinations in Hungary include Budapest, Lake Balaton, Eger, and Szentendre.

Is it safe to travel to Hungary?

Hungary is generally considered a safe country for tourists. However, it is important to take normal precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

What is the best way to get around in Hungary?

The best way to get around in Hungary is by public transportation, particularly the efficient and extensive network of trains and buses.

What are some essential phrases in Hungarian?

Some essential phrases in Hungarian include: - Hello: Szia / Jó napot - Thank you: Köszönöm - Where is the bathroom?: Hol van a mosdó?

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge no fees
  • ATMs to avoid (high fees) Euronet
  • Do take off your shoes when entering someone's home.
  • Do try the local cuisine and drinks.
  • Don't insult or make negative comments about Hungarian history or culture.
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Cover: Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

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