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Hungary is one of many under-rated European countries that’s a really great place to visit, period. Visiting Hungary may be the vacation you’ve always wanted but never knew.
With so much to see for everyone, from beautiful cities like Budapest to the Danube River and the gorgeous Hungarian countryside, Hungary is somewhere you can visit, solo, as a couple, or with the entire family.
But, first, before you start planning your Hungarian get-a-away, there are some things about visiting Hungary that you should know.
Read on below to discover everything you need to know about visiting Hungary, including frequently asked questions about traveling to Hungary.
What Do You Need To Know Before Visiting Hungary?
Despite the center of Europe, the Hungarian language has no similarity with other languages in Europe (or anywhere else for that matter – it is truly a language of its very own). So, most of the time, you have to guess what the locals are saying. But, with traveling comes the joy of learning many languages.
Before you go to Hungary, we suggest you learn some essential words. Though German and English are understood and spoken in Budapest, they are not very common in other areas. You can download an app to translate Hungarian langauge for an even better experience.
These are some regularly used Hungarian words you should know:
- Hello – Szervusz – ser-vus
- Thank you – Köszönöm – keu-seu-neum
- Yes/No – Igen/Nem – i-gen/nem
- Do you speak English? – Beszélsz angolul? – be-sayl on-gaw-lul
Hungarian Cuisine And Wine
Hungarian takes great pride in their food and wine. When in Hungary, don’t miss their traditional foods and wine. Hungarian are meat lovers and eat a lot of fat, love to add paprika and sour cream in most dishes.
The Gulash soup is on the top of must-try dishes, but you should also try halászlé (fish soup), Főzelék (a thick vegetable stew),töltött káposzta (stuffed cabbage), túrós csusza (pasta with cottage cheese). If you have a sweet tooth, Dobos cake is for you, also don’t forget to try a street food kürtőskalács” (chimney cake).
The most famous local wine is Tokaji Aszu, also called Assu, along with other wines. While drinking, remember not to clink your glass. Also, don’t add more wine to your glass if it is not empty. It is considered rude in Hungary.
Transportation In Hungary
Getting around in Hungary is really easy and convenient. Transportation is readily available in busses, tramps, taxis, and trains to go anywhere in the country.
If you are visiting Budapest, you can buy a Budapest card to move around the city. Also walking is the best to have unlimited fun. You can also use the tramline and subways to move around the city.
For all public transport in Budapest buy a ticket in advance. You can’t buy one on board like in many European countries. And always validate your ticket, or you will get high fines from ticket controllers.
You can use a taxi, but it should have a proper taxi sign on top, and a working meter. Or you will be the next to tell a scammed story. It is recommended not to use a taxi when you have other reliable options.
Euro is a widely accepted currency in Hungary, but we will recommend staying on the safe side by cashing in some dollars or euros for Hungarian Forints. Most of the time, the conversion will seem less than desirable, and you will may much more than the original price (but this is the price of seeing the world!).
Currently, 1.00 Euro is 350.00 Hungarian Forint.
The best place to exchange your money are exchange offices or banks. There are many ATMs to withdraw cash, but exchange rates will be poor. Better not to exchange at hotels, airports, or tourist attractions either, as they will basically rob you with extraordinarly unfair exchange rates.
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Pack A Swim Suit
Hungary is the home of more than 1,300 natural springs, from which 118 are in Budapest alone. Szechenyi and Gellert are great attractions due to their palace-like architecture. Many of which are believed, have healing properties, especially for joints.
When you are in Hungary, you can’t miss these grand bathhouses. Leave your expensive belongings and passport in your hotel room, and enjoy your spring.
Moreover, Lake Heviz is the largest lake in Europe and an ultimate destination for tourists. Lake Balaton is called the ‘Hungarian Sea’ and is developed with beaches and resorts and many sea activities to give it a natural feel.
Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Hungary
What should you avoid doing in Hungary?
Never clink your glass when in Hungary, because that gesture is looked down upon. Never hail the taxi on the road. You will be ripped off. Don’t make ‘hungry’ jokes in Hungary. Never forget to tip. It is customary to pay 15-percent in Hungary. If someone offers you a shot of Pálinka in Hungary, better to accept because refusing is considered disrespectful. Don’t mispronounce Budapest; Hungarians don’t like it.
What is Hungary famous for?
Hungary, the oldest European country, is famous for its rich culture and history. Its hot springs, unique language, Tokaji wines, paprika, and national dish Goulash. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is well known for its festivals, Ruins, bars, and architecture. Csikos, the Hungarian cowboys, is also very famous.
Inventions like Rubik’s cube, Krypton electric bulb, and the noiseless match also make Hungary famous.
Is Hungary dangerous to visit?
Hungary is generally a safe place to visit, but be aware of petty crimes and scams. There can be pickpockets, and bag snatchers like any other country, especially in crowded areas. Stay alert while traveling in buses and trains. Taxi rip-offs are common in Hungary. So don’t hail a taxi on the road and check if the fare meter is working.
Overall, Hungary is very safe, especially for tourists.
What is the best month to visit Hungary?
The best time to visit Hungary is spring (March to May) or autumn (September, October). Temperature is very moderate in these months. Rates for accommodation and transportation are reasonable. Summer is the peak season for tourists, so very crowded. Still, each season offers a different experience.
Is Hungary open for tourism?
To make traveling safe and convenient during Covid 19, the EU has introduced a traffic-light system. This system indicates the severity of infection in EU countries. You can check the update online regarding traveling restrictions like vaccine and quarantine.
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