Hungary

Hungary also know as the Republic of Hungary is a landlocked country located in East Europe, bordering Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. Its biggest city, which also is its capital, is Budapest. Hungary is popular for ist hospitality to tourists and it provides an ideal mix of history and modern day. Budapest truly is a world class citiy located on the River Danube and it is a blend of culture and outstandign beauty. The city has been home for writers, artists and musicians who were greatly influenced by this graceful city. Lake Balaton is also popular with tourists. Local dishes are halászlé (fish soup) with pasta and goulash (gulyás) soup.


A bridge at night in Budapest, Hungary

Population & Languages

Hungary has a population of about 10 million and the official language being spoken is Hungarian.

Electricity

The voltage here is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The types of plugs used are Round pin attachment plug and “Schuko” plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts.

Geographic Location

Like already mentioned Hungary is a landlock country located in East Europe boredring Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. The country is divided into three large regions by the River Danube and the River Tisza.


Wegry palace, Budapest, Hungary

Climate

The climate can be termed as Temperate with cold winters and hot summers. While the average annual temperature is 9.6°C the maximum temperature during summer can be 43°C and as low as -30°C in winters. Average temperatures in summer is 26 to 36°C and 0 to -16°C in winter.

Local Customs

A handshake is customary for greeting. It is also customary to return the toast and to offer gifts to the host of a meal. Smoking is prohibited in most public areas but travelers can smoke in long distance trains. Dressing casual is acceptable in most places and formal for special occasions. For all services including restaurants, bars, clubs, taxis etc. tipping up to 10 to 15 percent is customary.

Attractions

Sights to visit in Budapest are:

- Castle Royal Palace
- Fisherman’s Bastion
- Matthias Church
- Gellért Hill
- Chain Bridge
- The Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum
- Parliament Buildings
- Statue Park

Places to visit in Eger are:

- Eger Castle
- Szépasszony Valley (Valley of the Pretty Woman)

Sightsto visit at Lake Balaton:
- Hévíz
- Keszthely

Sights of the Danube Bend:
- Esztergom
- Szentendre
- Visegrad


A monument, Budapest, Hungary

Travel

Malv is the national airline of Hungary which operates flights from more then forty cities across the world. Aeroflot, Air France, British Airways, easyJet, KLM, Lufthansa, Sky Europe, Swiss, United Airlines and Wizz Air are other airlines operating from Hungary. The major airport of Hungary is the Ferihegy Budapest International Airport (BUD), ten miles away from the city.

Hungary is part of the extensive network of trains connecting the European cities. There are 47 international trains daily to Budapest by direct rail and Hungary is connected to 16 European cities directly.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg smoking tobacco for EU countries.
2. 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of smoking tobacco for Non-EU countries.
3. 10 liter of spirits with more than 22% and ethyl alcohol or 20 liter of beverages less than 22% alcohol content or 90 liter of wine or 60 liter of sparkling wine or 110 liter of beer for EU countries.
4. 1 liter of spirits and 2 liter of wine for Non-EU countries.
5. 50g perfume or 250 ml eau de toilette
6. Gifts, Food, fruits, medications and flowers for personal use of value up to €175

Prohibited Items in Hungary are: Un-canned goods, meat or dairy products, Narcotics, firearms, ammunition, weapons, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.