MEET HUNGARY

A travelers' dream and a place of adventure! Hungary is an incredible mix of urban and rural destinations, wrapped in an abundance of cultural and historic sites. Home to some of the best vines in the world, Hungary’s vineyards and heritage sites remain a true treasure to be discovered.

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Hungary is a part of the European Union and is proud to be marked as one of the safest destinations for travelers of all kinds. Here you’ll find whatever your heart desires, from action-packed adventures to indulgent spa treatments.

 

Southeast Europe is a mecca for travelers, and Hungary stands out. With its mix of urban yet historic landscapes and unspoiled nature and thermal baths, Hungary offers unforgettable travel experiences for travelers of all ages.

The fertile plains stretching as long as eyes can see give Hungarian cuisine one of the most distinct tastes that you’ll ever experience. While in Hungary, make sure you try the savory paprikas, traditional gulas, and many rich-tasting variants of palacsinta, the Hungarian crêpe.

The history of Hungary resembles a fairytale, with queens, princesses, and hero knights, who left their mark on modern-day society through astounding architecture and music. Make sure you try to dance Csárdás when you visit Hungary!

Language

The Hungarian language is one of the rarest and unique languages spoken in Europe. It belongs to a group of Finno-Ugric languages and is the official language of Hungary, but is also in common use by Hungarian minorities residing in the surrounding countries. Hungarian is spoken by roughly 13 million people worldwide. Thanks to the rich history of the entire region, Hungarian language influenced and mixed with the languages of the neighboring nations and still managed to keep its authenticity.

People describe the Hungarian language as a singing-language, due to its melodic nature. Hungarians use the Latin script but have some unique letters and pronunciations like [ő] and [ű]. The Hungarian alphabet has a total of 44 letters.

Population

The population in Hungary is estimated roughly to around 9.8 million people. The majority of the population are identified as ethnic Hungarians, who make over 86% of the population. Significant Hungarian minority populations can be found in the surrounding countries: in Ukraine (in Transcarpathia), Slovakia, Romania (in Transylvania), and Serbia (in Vojvodina). Austria (in Burgenland), Croatia, and Slovenia (Prekmurje) also host to many Hungarians, but far less in percentile. Thanks to the historic events in the regions, there are many ethnic minority groups that can also be found in Hungary: Roma (3.2%), Germans (2%) and Romanians (0.4%) make the most of them. Other minorities are Slovaks, Croats, and Serbs.

Climate

Hungary has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter, however, in recent decades, presumably due to global warming, winter and summer are more prominent and longer-lasting. Hungary’s relatively stable Warm Continental climate comes from its position. It’s roughly equidistant from the Equator and the North Pole, more than 1,000 kilometers from either and about 1,000 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. It is also at least 500 kilometers from any main branches of the Mediterranean Sea, meaning that it’s not directly influenced by the evaporation from the sea. During the summer, average temperatures are 26°C during the day and 21°C during evening hours, and the winter averages stay close to 0°C. However, during the winter, Danube brings cold winds, with the temperatures dropping substantially below the freezing.

Religion

Hungary is predominantly Christian, with the majority of the population (over 37%) identifying themselves as Catholic. However, this has shifted a lot during the past decades.

Hungary has historically been one of the strictest Catholic countries, right until the middle of the XX century. Now, up to 17% of people identify as atheists.

History

Hungarian history, at least under this name, dates to the Early Middle Ages, when the Pannonian Basin (smacked in the middle of Central Eastern Europe) was conquered by the Hungarians (Magyars), a semi-nomadic people who had migrated from the Uralic steppes.

The territory of modern-day Hungary was part of the Roman Empire, but also a home to a number of Greco-Roman cultures, and later Germanic tribes. An early Hungarian state was formed in this territory in 895. Read about the Hungarian history.

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