Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).
The exciting Budapest
The capital Budapest is a beautiful and exciting city, located in the heart of Europe often called as the "Little Paris of Middle Europe".
The capital of Hungary offers you a wide range of sightseeing attractions and a spectacular panorama embracing the Danube. Its two sides, the hilly Buda and the flat Pest are connected by nine bridges. The historical monuments and the diverse city quarters reflect the city’s own 1 000 years old culture and history, the Buda Castle with the ancient town district; the St. Stephen's Basilica, the Parliament and the Chain Bridge are the symbols of it.
The city is full of cozy cafes, museums, galleries and restaurants not to mention the famous baths and pools.
What to see in Budapest?
Beside the above mentioned attactions you should definitely visit the Gellért Hill with the citadella wich is easy to reach through a walk or by bus. On the Pest side of the city you can find one of the largest synagogues in the world, the Dohány Street Synagogue, and Heroes' Square. The square lies at the outbound end of Andrássy Avenue next to City Park and also gives a home to the műcsarnok and the Museum of Fine Arts. If you still have some spare energy you can take a walk on Váci Street and Vörösmary Square and make a quick shopping trip.
Hungaricums are high value products of Hungary, which show Hungarian uniqueness, specialty and quality, they embody the top performance of Hungarian people:
Rubik's Cube the world famous mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by Rubik Ernő.
Herend offers luxury hand painted and gilded porcelain. Now among the biggest porcelain manufactories in Europe, the Herend Porcelain manufactory was founded in 1826 in the small Hungarian village of Herend near the town of Veszprém. Herend Porcelain was soon to follow.
Zsolnay Ceramics is a world famous brand thanks to innovations by Vilmos Zsolnay, who developed the eosin glaze.
Tokaji Aszú described by Louis XIV of France as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” is even referred to in the Hungarian national anthem. It is one of the world’s finest dessert wines. Aszú is made with grapes that have succumbed to the botrytis cinerea fungus, otherwise known as noble rot. If conditions are right, the botrytis mould causes sweet grapes to dry out and shrivel. The resulting Aszú berries have a very high concentration of sugar and rich flavours.
The Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) blend, exclusive to the Eger and Szekszárd regions, is the best-known of all Hungarian wines. Legend has it that the name originates from the unsuccessful siege of Eger by the Turks in 1552, when the heavily outnumbered Hungarians had nothing to drink but red wine. This proved to be an advantage for them: their red-stained beards and wild eyes terrified the Turks, who thought they had been drinking Bull’s Blood.
Pálinka is a generic name for the fiery fruit brandy often distilled by farmers from home-grown plums, apricots and pears. Hungary’s most famous pálinka distilleries can be found in Kecskemét.
Winter Salami of Szeged the PICK factory in Szeged has been producing this famous and popular salami brand for about 140 years, using a secret recipe. Made from pork and spices, winter salami is cured in cold air and is slowly smoked. During the dry ripening process, a special noble-mould is formed on the surface of the product.
Makó Onion is a famous onion, which is an important ingredient of traditional Hungarian cuisine.
Paprika is one of the most widely used ingredients of Hungarian cuisine. Due to the favourable climate and geographical conditions, Hungarian paprika has a bright red colour and a distinctively rich flavour. Kalocsa and Szeged in the southern part of Hungary are the heart of paprika production.
World Heritage Sights in Hungary
Today Hungary has eight locations on the World Heritage List and three items on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. For our photo gallery of the World Heritage Sights of Hungary, please click here.
Climate: temperate with warm summers and cold winters
The average temperature: in October 11 °C
Time zone: GMT +1 (CEST)
Currency: Forint (1 Euro is about 315 Hungarian Forint)
Country code: +36