Located in Central Europe, Hungary is a country filled with stunning architecture and landmarks, rich culture, tasteful cuisine and steaming thermal spas. A budget destination with plenty things to offer.
Why Visit Hungary
CULTURE & HISTORY
Hungary has a fascinating culture and history. The country was ruled over by the Romans, Ottomans, Mongols, Magyars, Czechs and Soviets, creating and unique mix and influencing its distinctive style. Strong in folk traditions, Hungary is a land of horsemen.
Hungary is much more than Budapest, with no less than 10 national parks, 52 natural reserves, 31 caves and 178 viewpoints. The countryside includes spectacular and varied scenery like lakes, rivers and mountains. One of the most underrated European travel destinations.
Thanks to its rich and diverse culture, the country has a legacy of historic and modernist buildings and landmarks all over the country, especially in Budapest (Known as “The Paris of the east”), showcasing some of the most prominent eras of architectural history in Europe.
If you didn’t know, Hungary has one of the biggest spa cultures in Europe. The country has thermal waters everywhere, and no less than 1,500 spas, typically featuring Roman, Greek and Turkish architecture.
What to expect
Hungarian is the official language of Hungary and is spoken by the majority of the country’s population. 50% of its population speaks English, mostly in big cities and areas that tourists visit the most. Learn some words in hungarian will come in handy.
In Hungary the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Hungarian Forint is the currency of Hungary. 1 USD equals 323.56 Hungarian forints (as of 2020). Despite being a part of the European Union, Hungary does not use the euro or other foreign currencies. They might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, but the exchange rate will be high and it is not recommended. Credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank.
Hungary is, generally, a very safe country. Violent crime is pretty much non-existent. However, there is a considerable rate of petty crime like pickpocketing or bag snatching in the big cities. Be cautious and use your common sense.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Hungary for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
Citizens from all other countries (except, of course, european citizens) need to request a visa in advance through the embassy.
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