Travel to Hungary
A collection of 5 Star Hotels and Luxury Resorts in Hungary are perfect for a family vacation or European getaway.
Hungary has mastered hospitality and the people there love to share it with others. From its beautiful wine regions and relaxing thermal spas to its impressive capital of Budapest, Hungary may surprise some of its international visitors.
Like many of its European counterparts, Hungary is a place of Gothic architecture, stately palaces and fascinating museums. But with more than one-tenth of its land being preserved, the natural beauties rival any of its architectural ones.
The unique 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Hungary are sure to capture the spirit of your family vacation or European getaway
HUNGARY TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Sightseeing in Hungary – Budapest is the place to start for sightseeing in Hungary (see below), but if you venture out of the city, there are many other unique sites to keep on your radar as you plan your trip. For example, Pécs, a 2010 European Capital of Culture, boasts a fascinating array of Ottoman mosques-turned-churches and Roman ruins.
Budapest, Hungary – The city of Budapest has much in store for travelers with diverse interests. Popular sites within the city include Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica. The banks of the Danube in Budapest are protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. On one side lies hilly Buda with its romantic Castle Quarter (also on the UNESCO Heritage List); on the other side is Pest, home to Europe’s largest parliament building. Be sure to stroll along Váci Utca, one of the city’s grandest boulevards.
River Cruising in Hungary – River cruising is becoming a more popular choice for travelers to see parts of Hungary. The Danube River runs through the heart of Budapest and is an amazing way to see the city (especially the lights at night). The boutique river boat experience is much more intimate than a large cruise ship and can be a great way to venture to several countries and destinations. Visitors cruising the Danube River to Budapest often come down from Austria and onto Croatia.
Nature in Hungary – More than one-tenth of the entire country of Hungary is designated as a nature preserve, so needless to say much of its landscape is unspoiled. For a unique outdoor experience, visit Pal-volgyi Cave, one of the most remarkable caves in Budapest’s Buda Hills (there are many others). Pal-volgyi contains more than 15 miles of stalactites and cavernous rooms.
Shopping in Hungary – Shop for lace, dolls in national costume, wine, carpets, copper, brassware and wooden articles. Used bookshops are fun to look for ancient prints, maps and photographs, as well as some great finds such as art books and old postcards. The country is one of the best places in Europe to shop for antiques because the market hasn’t been picked over like in the West. Two great places for old articles are along Falk Miksa Street (near the center of Budapest) and at the flea market, Ecseri Ut (on Nagykorosi Road). If you buy antiques, you’ll need to show customs your receipts.
Dining in Hungary – Hungarian cuisine contains lot of variety and includes beef and pork, fresh vegetables and fruits, breads and cheese and a lot of exotic herbs and spices (particularly paprika). Onions and garlic are the starting point for many meals and sour cream, yogurt and cottage cheese are served along with main dishes or desserts. Standard dishes include Wiener schnitzel (though usually made of pork, not veal), roast goose or duck with red cabbage, paprika chicken (paprikascsirke) and stuffed peppers (toltott paprika).
HUNGARY FAST FACTS
Population of Hungary – About 10 million
Languages in Hungary – The official language is Hungarian (also known as Magyar), which is part of the Finno-Ugrian language family and is said to be one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. English is considered a foreign language with only about 10 percent of the population able to speak it.
Religions in Hungary – Predominantly Roman Catholic. Others include Calvinist, Lutheran, Jewish and Greek Orthodox.
Time Zone in Hungary – One hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+1 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from late March until late October.
Voltage Requirements in Hungary – 220 volts
Currency in Hungary – Forint (HUF) – often seen on price tags as Ft.
Weather in Hungary – Hungary’s climate is continental, typically with long hot summers and cold winters. The average temperature much of the year is 46°F to 53°F, although on chilly winter days it’s not uncommon to dip below zero. On the other hand, summer temperatures often reach 85-95°F.
Hungary Geography – Hungary consists mostly of plains, with hills and low mountains poised in the western and northern parts of the country. The beautiful Danube River (called the Duna in Hungarian) forms the northwestern border of the country and is a popular way to see much of the countryside (it turns south in the middle and neatly bisects the nation). Lake Balaton is to the west, and rich agricultural land dominates the east.
Safety in Hungary – Hungary is a relatively safe place to travel. Use common sense and caution as you would in any international destination. Keep valuables locked up or close at hand, always lock car doors and don’t flash money or jewelry in public.
HUNGARY FUN FACTS
- Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe, dating back to 896.
- Hungary is landlocked and is bordered by seven countries.
- Budapest was once two cities on two sides of the river, Buda and Pest, but then the people built a bridge, and the two cites became one city, Budapest.
- Thermal waters provide heating for homes in parts of Budapest.
- The Rubik’s Cube, the ballpoint pen, the safety match, the carburetor and vitamin C supplements were all invented in Hungary.
- Tony Curtis, George Soros, Bela Lugosi and Harry Houdini are all of Hungarian descent.
- The world’s largest geothermal cave system is found in Hungary. It’s located in the undergrounds of Budapest.
- The country is known for its elaborate bath practices from the Roman times. Hence, the largest bathing spa complex in Europe is located here too.
- Paprika is the Hungarian word for pepper.
- There are 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hungary.
- Hungary is a highly musical country whose traditional folk music inspired such great national composers as Liszt, Bartók and Kodály.
- Unicum—a dark, bitter herbal digestif—is Hungary’s national drink. Made by the Zwack family for more than 150 years, the secret recipe was smuggled out of the country in the 1950s when the Zwacks emigrated to America. In 1989, the family reopened the factory in Budapest.
HUNGARY – INSIDER TIP
Showing respect in a few particular areas will be key to being welcomed in Hungary. Kiss the friends you meet there on both cheeks when you greet them. Don’t try to bargain in shops (the price posted is the price you pay).