Hungary

From scenic landscapes to thermal baths, Hungary has the best of sights to offer. Hungary has its own distinct personality that transitions from one flavor to another as you move across its various cities. Experience folk art, architecture and exotic cuisines, while you feast your eyes on what this tourist destination has to offer.

Hungary has a very high standard of living and its capital, Budapest, is full of arts, culture, and life. It is rightly proud of the fact that, although most Hungarians are Christian (76%), Budapest is home to the second-largest synagogue in the world, the Dohány Street Synagogue. 

The city began as two separate towns, divided by the Danube, and is considered one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. From the impressive Castle Hill on the Buda side, you can cross to the Pest side of the Danube for world-class shopping along Andrassy Avenue. Or, you can take advantage of the thermal waters that flow underneath the city and enjoy the city’s many health spas.

Every city in Hungary offers something different and unique, so Debrecen, Eger, Gyȍr, Szeged, and Miskolc should be on your Hungarian bucket list. The wooded hills, vast fish ponds, and grasslands is an excellent holiday destination for birdwatchers, and while you are at it, you can also begin to make reservations for horse riding on the wide open plains in the south and forested hills. 

Cuisine

If you enjoy flavorful foods, then you should visit Hungary. Paprika is the country’s national spice, obtained from a special type of pepper and is commonly used in Hungarian cuisine. The city of Kalocsa is known for its best quality paprika.

Visit a Csàrda (a distinct Hungarian inn or tavern) and treat your palate to different traditional cuisine and beverages. Hungary’s national dish is gulyás, a beef dish cooked with onions, Hungarian paprika, tomatoes and some green pepper. Nearly as popular is Halászlé, or Fisherman’s soup, a hot fish soup with paprika and onion.

A typical Hungarian meal is mostly accompanied by Hungarian pickles while another favorite is the Langos or deep-fried bread similar to “whales-tail or beaver-tail.”

If you get thirsty, Hungary’s tap water is safe to drink. For something with a little more kick, the most famous spirit to come out of Hungary is pálinka, a brandy made from native fruits like apricot, pear, plum, and cherry. Beer and wine are also popular. Hungary is so well-suited to viticulture that the Tokaj wine region is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Souvenirs

If you want a memento for a friend or loved one, you’ll find plenty to bring home. Traditional gifts can include packets of Hungarian paprika, a bottle of Tokay wine, handcrafted porcelain from Herend, hand painted eggs, traditional Hungarian skirts, tablecloths, lovely wooden boxes, dolls and the famous Rubik’s cube (a Hungarian invention) are all excellent souvenirs.

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Latest Hungary articles

Tourism website: Go to Hungary

Time zone: UTC/GMT +02:00

Currency: HUF – Hungarian forint

Official language: Hungarian

UNESCO World Heritage sites: 8

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