Hungary is a landlocked country but also a land of waters featuring the largest freshwater lake in Europe. There are two main rivers flowing through the landscape, one of which divides the capital city Budapest into Buda on one side and Pest on the other. Additionally Hungary has more than a thousand thermal water springs and swimming or bathing in these waters for relaxation or as part of medical treatments is an important activity for Hungarian people.
Hungary is located in the low-lying areas of the Carpathian Basin and has a landscape of rolling hills and plains, including the largest continuous grasslands in Europe. Hungary also has wonders to show you. In the past the same forces created thermal springs and carved out hundreds of kilometres of limestone caves.
Hungarian culture is especially colorful and creative. The specialities of the region and the traditions have created a base for a style in the center of Europe from street food to classical music as well as decor and clothing. These traditional values have been maintained throughout the ages, though of course the modern world also has an influence. The larger cities – particularly the capital – are powerhouses of groundbreaking innovation, contemporary art and modern music.
In the end, Hungary is closer to the rest of Europe than many people think and it can be reached in numerous ways. Most international flights come to Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport. Several other means of transport can be used to reach our country as well including buses, cars and ships. Hungary is part of the European Union since 2004 and part of the Schengen Area.
Hungary has a population of nearly 10 million people and the Hungarian language quite different from that of its neighbors. The country’s official currency is the Forint (HUF).