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HUNGARY

  • Capital: Budapest
  • Form of government: Republic
  • Area: 93,030 km2
  • Religion: 54,3% Christinanity, 18,2% No religion
  • Phone number: +36
  • Languages: Hungarian
  • Time difference: -1
  • Population: 9,730,000 (2021)
  • Currency: Florint (HUF)

lentokone

Finnair has flights from Helsinki to Budapest six days and Norwegian three days a week.

Juna

Budapest railway station is very important both nationally and internationally. There are plenty of train connections from Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Hungarian national railway company is MÁV, whose timetables and ticket prices are also available in English.

embajada

Embassy of Finland, Budapest Address: Kelenhegyi út 16 / A 1118 Budapest XI – Tel: +36 1 279 2500 Email: sanomat.bud@formin.fi – Website: http://www.finland.hu/

Hungary: Travel bulletin from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Beware of pickpockets and bag thieves, especially in public transport and on pedestrian streets. Be careful in traffic. Read more

Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary at sunrise

Budapest (Capital)

 

Hungary’s capital Budapest is a vivid metropol with the scene of classical music, entertaining nightlife and natural thermal baths. It occupies both banks of the Danube and it has appr. 1,7 million residents. Budapest today is the result of a historic amalgamation of the separate cities of Buda and Pest. Locals are still talking about Buda and Pest as separated objects, Pest covering the eastern side of Danube (districts IV-IX) and Buda western (districts I-III, XI-XII, XXII). The first permanent settlement here was built by Celts before 1 AD. Later it was occupied by the Roman Empire and the Roman settlement called Aquincum here was the capital of the Pannonia Inferior province. Hungarians came here at the end of the 9th century. In 1361 Buda became the capital of Hungary.

Aerial image of the Tihany Abbey, at Lake Balaton in Hungary

Lake Balaton

 

With a 592 square kilometer surface area, this lake is the largest in Central Europe. It is a popular beach attraction with resorts around the lake. The most important resorts are Balatonfüred, Siófok and Keszthely. Another resort town on the southern shore, Zamárdi, has been the site of the Balaton Sound, a notable techno music festival, since 2007. The peak tourist season extends from June until the end of August and the lake area provides action for multiple tastes.

Stalactites and stalagmites in a cave,at national park of Aggtelek, Hungary

Baradla Aggtelek Cave (UNESCO 1995)

Address: Aggtelek, 3759 Hungary

 

This gorgeous cave system is known for its beautiful stalactite formations and is part of the Aggtelek National Park. It is a part of the Aggtelek Karst and is over 25.5 kilometres (15.8 mi) long. It includes the 5.3 kilometres (3.3 mi) Domica cave.

Guided tours are organised from Aggtelek, the cave’s natural entrance. Baradla, with other caves of the Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst,were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

April 16, 2017 - Budapest, Hungary: Tourists in Zrinyi Utca street and St. Stephen`s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary

St. Stephen’s Basilica

Address: Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary

 

This Neoclassical pearl among the Hungarian religious buildings was completed in 1905 and it is one of the tallest buildings in Budapest, with a height of 96 meters (315 feet). The basilica has played an active role in the musical community from the very start, and in the past century it has been home to choral music, classical music as well as contemporary musical performances. The Basilica choir performs often in different parts of Europe as well as at home. In the summer months they perform every Sunday. During these months a visitor can see performances from many distinguished Hungarian and foreign organ players alike.

Colorful twilight over the famous historical main neo-romanesque Lookout Tower of Fishermen's Bastion - Halaszbastya - built between 1895-1902 uphill on the Buda Bank of the Danube River. Várkerület District, Budapest. Budapest, Hungary, Eastern Europe

Halászbástya

Address: Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary

 

Built during the 19th century for the Hungarian Millennium celebrations, this mock bastion features pointed towers and turrets, reminiscent of the fairytale castles in Disney World.

Gellert Thermal Bath

Gellért Thermal Bath

Address: Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118 Hungary

 

For the relaxation-seeking mind, this popular spa offers many kinds of treatment. It has an artsy atmosphere made by Art Nouveau furnishing, mosaics, stained glass windows and sculptures. The medicinal spring of the spa has been known since the 13th century.

Budapest, Hungary. July 2018. The house of terror museum building in Budapest, Hungary

House of Terror

Address: Budapest, Andrássy út 60, 1062 Hungary

 

This museum houses an exhibition concerning the tragic part of the Hungarian history, related to the Fascist and Communist regimes in the 20th century.

The exhibition contains material on the nation’s relationships to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. It also contains exhibits related to the Hungarian Fascist Arrow Cross Party. Much of the information and the exhibits are  in Hungarian, but each room has an information sheet in English. Audio guides in English and German are also available.

Tihanyi Bences Apatsag

Tihanyi Bencés Apátság

Address: Tihany, I. András tér 1, 8237 Hungary

 

This lovely Benedictine monastery lies on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. Founded in 1055, it is one of the oldest Hungarian monasteries and the burial place of king Andrew I of Hungary. The surroundings of the abbey offer a breath-taking panorama over the sparkling watery surface of Lake Balaton. The abbey hosts classical music concerts throughout the year.

Unrecognized people visit Festetics Palace. The building now houses the Helikon Palace Museum. Keszthely is located on the western shore of Lake Balaton.

Festetics Palace

Address: Keszthely, Kastély u. 1, 8360 Hungary

 

This Baroque palace is a remarkable historical sight. Its construction started in 1745 and lasted over a century. A notable spot in the building is its former dining room, now a concert hall, with its beautiful stucco decorations. Permanent exhibitions are included the famous Helikon library with more than 80.000 library units.

Royal Palace of Godollo or Grassalkovich Castle is an imperial and royal Hungarian palace located in the municipality of Godollo, Hungary

Royal Palace of Gödöllő

Address: Gödöllő, Grassalkovich-kastély 5852, 2100

 

The royal palace of Gödöllő is a gorgeous structure, and one glorious example of what Hungarian architecture can be. Surrounded by an enormous park and gardens, it is the second largest Baroque castle in the world. Visitors can take a tour of the many attractions in the castle, like the royal apartments, the Baroque theater and the Catholic church. The visitor service units are situated on the ground floor and include a classy café and a gift shop.

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King Bela IV statue in front of Varoshaza or City House, Szeged, Hungary

Szeged

 

The third largest city in Hungary, Szeged lies to the south of the country, near the borders of Serbia and Romania. The regional centre of the Southern Great Plain, Szeged is a popular weekend destination for Hungarians, but is sadly overlooked by other travellers. A mere two hours’ drive from the capital of Budapest, Szeged has so much variety to offer. From amazing Art Nouveau architecture, beautiful shady parks and squares, to the pretty Tisza River. With a lively university culture, Szeged is not only famous for its Open Air Cultural Festival, held each summer in Dóm tér (Cathedral Square), but also for fiery paprika, spicy halászlé (fishermen’s soup), colourful kalocsa embroidery and pretty Szegedi papucs (slippers).

Siófok

Siófok

 

Siófok is the town at the southern coast of Lake Balaton. It has appr. 23,000 residents and it has been one of the most popular summer resorts of the lake area since the beginning of the 20th century, it is known locally as ”the capital of Balaton”.

Margaret Island

Margaret Island

 

Formerly known as Insula leporum (Island of Hares), this 2,5 kilometres long and 500 metres wide island on the Danube River is one of the most idyllic sights in Budapest. The island spans the area between the Margaret Bridge (south) and the Árpád Bridge (north).

Notable eye-catchers are the Palatinus water park with its open-air swimming pools, the Japanese garden with its fish pond, the Zenélő kút pavilion and the Zenélő szökőkút music fountain.