Hungary

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Its capital, Budapest, is bisected by the Danube River. Its cityscape is studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s medieval Castle Hill and grand neoclassical buildings along Pest’s Andrássy Avenue to the 19th-century Chain Bridge. Turkish and Roman influence on Hungarian culture includes the popularity of mineral spas, including at thermal Lake Hévíz.

 

Official language is Hungarian. Hungary uses the metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+01:00 with daylight saving time. Hungary uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.

Climate

Temperatures in Hungary vary from -20°C (-4F) to 39°C (102F) through the year. Distribution and frequency of rainfall are unpredictable due to the continental climate of the country. Heavy storms are frequent after hot summer days, and rainfall is more frequent in the Autumn. The western part of the country usually receives more rain than the eastern part, and severe droughts may occur in summertime. Weather conditions in the Great Plain can be especially harsh, with hot summers, cold winters, and scant rainfall. The weather of the capital city is humid continental with agreeable temperatures in spring and autumn, during the summertime the climate is warm and sudden heavy showers are common, while the winter is cold and the temperatures are usually under 0 degrees.

Regions

Central Hungary The most-visited part of the country due to the capital Budapest.

Lake Balaton A great variety of destinations from rural, peaceful wine regions to vibrant towns.

Transdanubia This historic region west of the river Danube is one of the most economically developed of the country.

Northern Hungary Great historic towns and cave baths are to be seen here.

Great Hungarian Plain Somewhat isolated from the rest of the country, this is a large region with flat to rolling plains. Szeged could be considered the unofficial capital of the region.

  • population:
    9.845 million (2015)
  • DIAL CODE:
    +36
  • currency:
    Hungarian forint (symbol: Ft), code HUF
  • cost of living:
    $$
  • Tipping:
    Expected to tip
  • crime rate:
    Low crime rate
  • BEST TIME TO VISIT:
    Protected by the Carpathian Basin, the weather in Hungary can also be changeable. Overall summer is warm with high precipitation and winter is cold and somewhat drier. March to May is a lovely time to visit Hungary with pleasant daytime temperatures and the countryside in bloom with flowers.
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