Capital: Budapest ♦ Population: 10 million ♦ Currency: Hungarian Forint ♦ Language: Hungarian
Budapest: would have to be one of Europe’s grittiest capitals, especially after dark. I have heard it described as being a younger Prague, which I can definitely understand as it lacks the charm and commercialism that the tourism industry tends to create. Don’t get my wrong though, I think it’s well on its way!
Eger: quaint and charming northern town with some stunning churches and some of the most well known spas in the country
Gödöllő Palace: summer palace of the Habsburg monarchs
Szentendre: easy day trip from Budapest
Did you know?
- Although Hungary is landlocked, Lake Balaton is often referred to as the Hungarian Sea and is a common holiday destination.
- There are over 450 public spas and bathhouses
- Hungary’s most well known drink is a fruit brandy known as Pálinka
- Water polo is a national sport. Chess is also immensely popular
- The Hungarian language is famous for being one of the hardest languages in the world to learn.
- It is considered rude to clink your beer glass
- The cuisine is similar to that of the Czech Republic – stews, casseroles, breads and goulash
- In my opinion, Budapest is like an under-developed Prague. Give it another 10 years and I believe Budapest will be similar to what Prague is today
- It is a very cheap holiday destination