Budapest, Hungary

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About Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a city full of surprises and wonder, with its lively centre, pretty parks, a majestic river, tall church spires and lavish spas. One of the most exciting cities in the world, Budapest is full of secrets, hidden spots to explore and old favourites to revisit. This is the city where being bored is not an option.

There are so many ways to explore Budapest: on foot, by bus, tram and underground, on water, by bike or even by an amphibious vehicle. And what to see while you're there? Start on the top, with the magnificent Buda Castle and Castle District. You won't need hiking boots to climb Gellért Hill to enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the Citadel, part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Cross the river for the most grandiose building on the Pest embankment, the Parliament. For sacred wonders, visit the tallest building in the city, Saint Stephen's Basilica, and one of the largest synagogues in the world, the Dohány Street Synagogue. Heroes' Square will give you a peek into the romantic past of the country, and in Memento Park you'll have a chance to enjoy a modern history lesson in the open. For a bit of romancing, stroll along the Danube promenade or head to leafy Margaret Island.

 

General Information on Hungary

Hungary is a country at the heart of Europe, and different in so many ways!

While not large in terms of population compared to other world cities (it has only 10 million inhabitants), Hungary has a wealth of culture and history, complemented by a language so completely different from its neighbours that almost no shared words exist! It can be said that ours is a land of great contrasts.

Hungary is landlocked like its neighbours Austria, Slovakia and Serbia though it still deserves the nickname "land of waters", as it holds the largest lake in Europe (Lake Balaton) and is crossed by mighty rivers which divide and define its regions. Even its capital city is split by the Danube River, with Buda on the Western side and Pest on the Eastern bank. As well as water to cool off in, Hungary can be the perfect place to keep warm, as it is located over a very active geo-thermic area and has over a thousand thermal water springs and the second largest thermal Lake in the world for bathing (Lake Hévíz). "Taking the waters" for relaxation or as clinical treatments, is an important part of the Hungarian culture.

Location

Hungary is located in Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

Map of Europe

Official Language

The official language is Hungarian (Magyar). Need a little help? Visit gotohungary.com/language-help.

Climate

Budapest has a continental climate, with the average temperature in April of 51,8F / 11 °C. Visit weather.com for the current forecast.    

Time zone

The local time zone is Central European Time (GMT+1).

Currency

The Hungarian currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Visit www.x-rates.com/calculator to calculate the exchange rate from your currency.

Visa Information

For information on Visa, Entry and stay rules please visit the web pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.