Travel to Hungary – General information

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Sights Hungary Top 10, arrival/connections in the country and further information for tourists in Hungary.

In hardly any other country were people as happy about the end of socialism as in Hungary. Many Hungarians hated the oppression of the Soviet Union. Hungary quickly sought and found new friends in the West. Thanks to rapid reforms and opening up of the country, Hungarians are doing better today than during the communist era. The country also attracts many tourists from all over the world. Many come from the nearby historic brother country Austria and Germany.

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Arrival / connections in the country

You can reach Budapest directly from Munich several times a day by train. If there is no direct train connection, you can change in Vienna. There are also cheap buses and charter flights from Germany to Budapest. The highway from Vienna to Budapest, which was completed a good 10 years ago, reduces travel time by car or bus enormously. Buses and trains run from Budapest to all parts of the country. Hungary can also be reached by train from all other neighboring countries such as Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine. From northern Germany, the train journey to Hungary via Prague and Slovakia is much cheaper than via  Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. Homepage of the Hungarian Railway:

Video Top Sights in Hungary (YouTube, English)

Sights Hungary Top 10 2024

Budapest is, along with Prague, the favorite city in Eastern Europe. Budapest consists of the two districts Buda and Pest. The wide Danube forms the border. Eight huge bridges connect the two parts of the city. One of the bridges, the mighty Chain Bridge, is the symbol of the capital for many residents and an absolute sight.

You should definitely visit the mighty Varhegy Castle, which towers over the cityscape high above the Danube. Budapest is famous for its spas. For an entry fee that is unfortunately no longer very low, you can swim for hours. The best are the Gellert Baths and the Szechenyi Baths. The Budapest Synagogue is also a “must see”.

Lake Balaton is the second major tourist area in Hungary. In the large, very shallow lake you can still stand in the water a few kilometers from the shore in some places. Due to the shallow depth, the water quickly becomes pleasantly warm in spring after a few days of sunshine. There are several towns around the lake with full tourist infrastructure. The most famous town is Siofok.

Tokaj is the place of wine lovers. The town is located around the largest wine-growing region in Hungary. There are many simple wine cellars with extremely reasonable prices. Anyone who wants to drink even a glass of heavy Tokaj wine in each of the bars will hardly be able to make the way home to one of the many guesthouses on their own.

The Puszta is a flat steppe-like plain with a continental climate. Summers in the Puszta are hot and dry. The Puszta is a well-known equestrian area and one of Hungary’s top attractions.

Bad Heviz The spa culture in Hungary has a centuries-old tradition. Particularly noteworthy is Bad Heviz, the most famous Hungarian health resort, only 6 km from Lake Balaton. Heviz is home to Europe’s only natural thermal lake; the lake’s thermal water contains radon and sulfur. The healing water is particularly suitable for joint diseases, rheumatism and osteoporosis. Accommodation in Heviz: The health resort has modern spa hotels, wellness hotels and a variety of small, cozy and family guesthouses.

Hortobagy National Park:
Immerse yourself in the vast landscape of Hortobagy, Hungary’s first and largest national park. Known for its unique Puszta ecosystem, it is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Experience a traditional Hungarian czarda (inn) and watch a spectacular horse show.

Due to its strong Protestant tradition, Debrecen is often referred to as the “Calvinist Rome”. Visit the Great Reformed Church and stroll through the city’s charming streets. The Déri Museum houses a rich collection of Hungarian and foreign art.

Aggtelek karst region and caves:
The Karst region of Aggtelek, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its complex cave system. The Baladra Caves, one of the largest limestone caves in Europe, feature fascinating formations. The region’s unique landscape is a paradise for speleologists and nature lovers.

At the gates of Budapest lies Szentendre, an artists’ paradise with charming streets, galleries and museums. The Ethnographic Open Air Museum offers a glimpse into Hungarian rural life, while the Marzipan Museum offers sweet treats for visitors of all ages.

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Hungary information

Residents of Hungary 10 million
Hungary area 93,000 km²
Population density in Hungary 107 (relatively densely populated)
Capital of Hungary Budapest
Language Hungarian
religion Roman Catholic (70%), Calvinists (20%)
currency forints
gross domestic product 16000 dollars / inhabitant (middle country in Eastern Europe)

No, only ID card, Hungary is an EU member

Area code of Germany 0036
Internet addresses .hu
Vehicle license plate H

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