Facts about Hungary

Hungary is a country that became a republic in 1989 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. More than half of the country is flat. The highest parts are in the Carpathians, which border Slovenia. Hungary boasts the largest lake in Central Europe, Lake Balaton. The main waterway is the Danube river.

What to see in Hungary?

Despite its relatively small size, Hungary has several World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and the second largest thermal lake in the world. Of buildings, for example, Hungary has the largest synagogue in Europe, the largest medical bath in Europe, the third largest church in Europe, the second largest baroque castle in the world, and the largest early Christian necropolis outside Italy.

Hungary has more than 1000 thermal sites, many of which have been converted into baths and spas. There are hundreds of baths around the country. The first thermal baths were built by the Romans more than 2000 years ago.

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    Questions and answers

    The language of Hungary?

    What language is spoken in Hungary?

    The official language of Hungary is Hungarian.

    How many inhabitants does Hungary have?

    The total population of Hungary is approximately 9,800,000

    What is the capital of Hungary?

    The capital and largest city of Hungary is Budapest

    When did Hungary join the EU?

    Hungary is a member of the EU, the country was admitted on 1 May 2004

    Is Hungary part of Schengen?

    Yes, Hungary has been a member of the Schengen cooperation since 16 April 2003

    Is Hungary a member of NATO?

    Yes, Hungary has been a member of the NATO Alliance since 12 March 1999

    What time is it in Hungary?

    Hungary has a time zone of UTC +1. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.

    Can you drink tap water in Hungary?

    There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.

    When is the best time to travel to Hungary?

    When is the best time to holiday in Hungary?

    The best period to holiday in Hungary is spring and autumn, the summer in Hungary can get uncomfortably hot. If you want to holiday on Lake Balaton, summer is of course a good period.

    Is it safe to travel in Hungary?

    It is safe to travel in Hungary which has low crime rate as long as you take the same precautions as you would in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.

    The only thing you need to take care of is, like all places where there are tourists, pickpockets. Apart from these pickpockets, there is nothing to fear.

    Family holiday with children in Hungary

    If you need to take children on holiday to Hungary, here is a link to experiences for children and families.

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