Visiting Hungary

"Hungary is a heart-stealer; it will lure you back again and again to sample its rich wines, lounge in its thermal spas, gaze at its birdlife and make one more attempt to master its hermetic language. It has all the luxury of Western Europe with a Magyar twist and at half the cost.

Hungary's graceful capital Budapest has a lively arts, cafe and music scene, and is host to a range of cultural and sporting festivals. With its multifarious and often embittered history, incredible architecture and rich cultural heritage, it deserves its reputation as the 'Paris of Central Europe'. It has a complex identity, somewhere between Western luxury and simple traditions.

The city straddles a gentle curve in the Danube. It has broad avenues, leafy parks and elaborate bathhouses. It also has a turn-of-the-century feel to it, for it was then - during the industrial boom and the capital's heyday - that most of the city was built.
In the countryside you'll find majestic plains, resort-lined lakes, Baroque towns, horse markets and rustic villages." - Lonelyplanet

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Related links

The VitalEurope Guide to Budapest
Program Centrum Hungary
Go to Hungary - Hungarian national Tourist Office for the UK
Cultural Budapest - Discover the top cultural venues of Budapest
Spas of Budapest - Thermal spas and beaches

Fast facts

Full Name
Republic of Hungary

Capital City
Budapest

Area
92 966 sq km
35 894 sq miles

Population
10 106 000 inhabitants
2 000 000 living in Budapest

Time Zone
GMT/ UTC +1 (Central European Time)

Daylight Saving Start
last Sunday in March

Daylight Saving End
last Sunday in October

Languages
Hungarian (official)

Religion
68% Roman Catholic, 21% Reformed (Calvinist) Protestant, 6% Evangelical (Lutheran), 5% other

Currency
HUF (Ft) Hungarian Forint

Credit Cards
ATM can be easily found in most populated areas of Hungary. Most international credit cards are accepted throughout the country: Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Diners Club.

Country Dialing Code
36
Electricity
230V 50Hz

Electric Plug Details
European plug with two circular metal pins

Weights and measures
Metric

Climate
Hungary has a continental climate; hot in summer, cold in winter.
The temperature is highest in July/August and lowest in winter when it often falls below freezing.
May and June can be wet but spring is beautiful. The summer is warm, sunny and exeptionally long. The beginning of the autumn is very sunny; November is one of the rainiest months of the year. Winter is cold and snowy.

Coldest month: January (4.1°C).
Warmest month: July/August (24.7°C).

Visa
Citizens of the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, some Asian countries and most European countries do not require visas. Nationals from these countries can stay in Hungary for a maximum period of 90 days during the six months following the date of first entry into Hungary. A separate permit is required for longer stays. Visas are not available at the Hungarian border or Hungarian airports.

Tipping
In the restaurants 5-10% of the bill is usually paid as tip. If you are satisfied with the service you receive, hotel maids, tour guides and drivers would appreciate a tip.