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Cities Hungary  
Country information country code: HU
continent: Europe
capital: Budapest
languages: Hungarian

EU membership: yes
NATO membership: yes

GSM: 850/1900
GPS: 47 00 N, 20 00 E
electricity: 230V/50Hz

Hungarian Forint: HUF
1HUF = 0.005 USD
1HUF = 0.004 EUR

phone code: +36-1

Travel advices and warnings Hungary
Tourism There is a long history of tourism in Hungary, and Hungary was the world's thirteenth most visited tourist destination country in 2002. Tourism increased by nearly 7 per cent between 2004 and 2005. European visitors comprise more than 98 per cent of Hungary's tourists. Austria, Germany, and Slovakia supply the largest amounts of visitors to the country. Most tourists arrive by car and stay for a short period of time. Hungary's tourist season is from April through October. July and August are the peak tourist months. Budapest is the country's most popular tourist destination.
Culture The culture of Hungary has a distinctive style of its own in Hungary, diverse and varied, starting from the capital city of Budapest on the Danube, to the Great Plain bordering Ukraine. Hungary was formerly (until 1918) one half of Austria-Hungary. Hungary has a rich folk tradition, for example: embroideries, decorated potterys, buildings and carvings. Hungarian music ranges from the rhapsodies of Franz Liszt to folk music and composed folk-music-influenced songs and Roma music. Hungary has a rich and colorful literature, with many poets and writers, although not many are well known abroad due to the limited prevalence of the Hungarian language being a Uralic language. Some noted authors include Sándor Márai and Imre Kertész, who have been gaining acclaim in recent decades. János Kodolányi was more known in the middle of the twentieth century in Italy and Finland. Imre Kertész won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002. Péter Esterházy is known and popular in Austria and Germany, and Magda Szabó has become well known in Europe recently as well.
Cuisine Hungarian or Magyar cuisine is the cuisine characteristic of the nation of Hungary and its primary ethnic group, the Magyars. Traditional Hungarian dishes are primarily based on meats, seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, cheeses and honey. Recipes are based on centuries-old traditions of spicing and preparation methods.
Climate The best time to travel to Hungary is during late summer, when the weather is warm and relatively dry. Hungary has a continental climate with distinct seasons, and a great variation between winter and summer conditions. During winter the weather is bitterly cold with snow blanketing the ground for weeks and the mighty Danube River freezes over. Spring and early summer are subject to heavy showers of rain. Summer temperatures can reach 82°F (28°C) or higher.
Language Hungarian is a Uralic language with about 15 million speakers in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Slovakia. There are also many people of Hungarian origin in the UK and other European countries, the USA, Canada and Australia
Shopping Hungary shopping is full of fun and excitement. There are many shopping malls, centers and markets that are located in different Hungarian cities.
These shopping complexes are best places for buying clothes, shoes, food, wine, books, furniture, music CDs, books and many more items.
Hungary is a quite famous for its local wine. An enormous collection of wine is available in the Hungary markets, shops, and stores. Rissling, Bikaver, ouff, Tokaj and Zweiguelt are a few to name.
Hungary is known for its sweets tooth. There is a huge variety of cake and pastry shops in Hungary where a collection of mouth watering sweets, chocolates and cakes are available. Shops located at the International train station are quite famous for its sweets.
Budapest has some of the greatest shopping centers like MOM Park, Europark, West End City Center, Mammut and Polus centre. There are 70 shopping centers, a cinema hall and a restaurant at the popular Mom Park.
Costs Hungary is considered not too expensive for foreign travellers, however since the transition of 1989 prices have changed a lot. Nowadays you can buy everything you are used to at home or need.

In Hungary all of the international credit cards are accepted. Usually there is a mark on the doors of the place if they accept. Money exchange can be done in banks, travel agencies, or at exchange offices in the main shopping areas.

Tipping is habitual in Hungary . The tip should be 10 % of the costs of the services, but only if you are satisfied with it.
Currency First of all, Hungary is a member of the European Union, but they have not started with the Euro yet. Many places you can still pay with Euro, but expect to receive forints back. If you do pay with Euros the shops normally give you little for your Euro, so you would do better to go change your Euros, and then go back into the shop and pay with forints (for example in McDonalds).

Forint is the official currency in Hungary. If you want to understand approximately how much money you are using, normally you can calculate it in this way:
1 American Dollar = 210 Forint
1 Euro = 275 Forint

Budapest, Hungary

Monday 10, May

From wikipedia about Hungary

Hungary, officiallyBefore 1 January 2012. At this date, a new constitution comes into effect where the official name is simply Hungary: language in Europe.

Following a Celtic (after c. 450 BC) and a Roman (9 AD – c. 430 AD) period, the foundation of Hungary was laid in the late 9th century by the Hungarian ruler Árpád, whose great-grandson Saint Stephen I was crowned with a crown sent from Rome by the pope in 1000 AD. The Kingdom of Hungary lasted for 946 years, The form of government was at times changed or ambiguous, causing short interruptions. and at various points was regarded as one of the cultural centers of the Western world. After about 150 years of partial Ottoman occupation (1541–1699), Hungary was integrated into the Habsburg Monarchy, and later constituted half of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy (1867–1918). A great power until the end of World War I, Hungary lost over 70% of its territory, along with one third of its population of Hungarian ethnicity, and all sea ports under the Treaty of Trianon, the terms of which have been considered excessively harsh by many in Hungary. The kingdom was succeeded by a Communist era (1947–1989) during which Hungary gained widespread international attention regarding the Revolution of 1956 and the unilateral move of opening its border with Austria in 1989, thus accelerating the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. The present form of government is a parliamentary republic, which was established in 1989. Today, Hungary is a high-income economy, 2007 and a regional leader in some regards.

Hungary is one of the thirty most popular tourist destinations of the world, attracting 8. 6 million tourists per year (2007). The country is home to the largest thermal water cave system and the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grasslands in Europe (Hortobágy).
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