Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world, with a capital regarded as one of the most beautiful 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). In terms of buildings, Hungary is home to the largest synagogue in Europe (Great Synagogue), the largest medicinal bath in Europe (Széchenyi Medicinal Bath), the third largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica), the second largest territorial abbey in the world (Pannonhalma Archabbey), the second largest Baroque castle in the world (Gödöllő), and the largest Early Christian Necropolis outside Italy (Pécs).
Hungarian wines are enjoyed throughout Europe and Hungarian classical and folk music is world-renowned. Hungary is the country where people speak a language, and form a culture unlike any other in the region. There are hundreds of therapeutic mineral springs gushing up from the depths and 2000 year old Roman ruins and 400 year old Turkish monuments can be found side by side.
And there is something else that keeps bringing visitors back to us - the legendary Hungarian hospitality.
Population: 10 million people
Language spoken: Hungarian
Member of the European Union since 2004
Time zone: Local time - GMT + 1 hour. Summer time from early March to late October (GMT + 2 hours).
Hungarian Forint – HUF
Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 Forints
Banknotes: 500, 1 000, 2 000, 5 000, 10 000, 20 000 Forints
There is no obligatory daily minimum amount of conversion. When changing money, remember that most shops accept credit cards and some of them even Euros. Money can be exchanged in exchange offices and banks, local ATMs give out HUF. Banks and travel agencies offer the best rates.
The exchange offices are generally open 09:00-21:00 h
All major credit cards are accepted in Hungary, some smaller shops might only accept cash though.
Climate: Continental, hot in Summer, cold in winter when temperature falls below freezing point. From Spring to Fall, approx. 10 hours of sunshine may be expected daily. Differences in the temperature of the four seasons are quite large. December, January and February are the coldest, July and August the hottest months.
Airport & Visa info:
Airport: Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport
Terminal 2A for flights to and from the Schengen Zone countries
Terminal 2B for all other international flights (incl. UK and US) and low cost airlines
Visa: Not required for EU, US and Canadian citizens
A Schengen Visa enables you to travel to Hungary.
Please ask for information regarding other countries. Visas can be obtained at the foreign missions of Hungary.
Electrical plugs: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.
Health & Safety:
No vaccinations are required for travel to Hungary. Tap water is safe to drink A reciprocal health agreement with countries of the EU provides nationals with free emergency health care on presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Insurance: Health and luggage insurance is recommended. Normal precautions against petty crime should be taken.
Shop Opening hours:
Monday-Friday: 10:00 – 18:00 / 20:00 h
Saturday: 10:00 – 14:00 / 20:00 h