Where is it: Hungary is located in central Europe, northwest of Romania.
Why do people go here: Check of the Paris of the East, soak in world-famous spas (some are clothing optional), and drink Bull’s Blood in another East meets West country.
What are the main entry points: Budapest is usually the first stop for travelers from Prague or Vienna
Currency used: Forint
Country Code for Phones: 36
Area codes for Major Cities: Budapest 1
Religion: Roman Catholic 67.5%, Calvinist 20%, Lutheran 5%, atheist and other 7.5%
Population: 10 million
Ethnic Breakdown: 95% Magyar, 2% Roma, 3% other minority groups
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Languages: Hungarian 98.2%, other 1.8
Major Cities: Budapest
Attractions: Spas, Wine, Budapest
Tourism Office locations and links: Hungarian Tourist Board Vigado 4.6 Budapest, H-1051, Hungary +36-1-1180-750, 1174-369; FAX +36-1-1185-241
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Blagovestenska Church, Mosque Church, Hortobagy National Park
Health Issues: No vaccines are required for the international traveler
Health Issues: No major health issues.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Shoulder seasons are the best, although prepare for rain in the spring and cold in the fall if you come too early, or late
Common Phrases: Yes = Igen, No = Nem, Please = Legyen szives, Do you speak English? = Tud angolul?
Specific Events/Holidays: Saint Stephen’s Day, 20 August
Getting Around: Domestic travel is easier here than in neighboring Eastern European countries. Public transportation is inexpensive and plentiful throughout the country.
Good to know: The most famous Hungarian bath/spas aren’t always the best; make sure to ask around.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Hungary is the Budapest-Ferihegy International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Hungary travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.