Hungary

Hungary offers travellers a slice of classic, Central European grace and grandeur. With cobbled streets, charming castles, magnificent concert halls and historic churches, Hungary is all class. But what might surprise travellers is that Hungary is also a burgeoning wine-producing region, home to bucolic villages, thermal lakes, steaming hot springs and markets filled with organic produce - what's not to love?

Hungary Tours & Travel

All our Hungary trips

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Articles on Hungary

Europe on a shoestring: why the continent is cheaper than ever in 2015

Posted on Wed, 15 Jul 2015

Fortunately for those who have skipped a Eurotrip so far, 2015 is looking like the year of the shoestring.

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East meets best: seven things you didn’t know about Eastern Europe

Posted on Tue, 2 Jun 2015

For those that think culture, invention and beauty end as soon as you enter a country ending in –aria, think again.

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Opening doors in Budapest

Posted on Mon, 31 Mar 2014

The capital of Hungary is an open gallery, a perfect example of well preserved and finely restored buildings from different centuries and styles dating back over a thousand years.

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Pfannkuchen pilgrimage through Europe

Posted on Thu, 21 Apr 2011

Intrepid's Christian Schoberl is a self-confessed sugar addict and chocoholic, so it was no surprise to find him on a pfannkuchen pilgrimage from Berlin to Venice.

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About Hungary

At a glance

Capital city: Budapest (population 2 million)
Population: 9.9 million
Language: Hungarian
Currency: HUF
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +36

Best time to visit Hungary

July and August are the busiest months for tourists in Europe, outside of these times it tends to be less crowded. The Hungarian summer is warm, sunny and unusually long, but the tourist areas tend to get very crowded in late July and August, so some of the best months to visit are May, June and September. Hungary can be a little wet in May and June, but spring is just glorious. Autumn is beautiful, particularly in the hills around Budapest and in the Northern Uplands. Hungarian winters are typically cold and bleak, with museums and other tourist sights often closing.

Hungary weather chart

Geography and environment

Ivy covered buildings
Located in Central Europe, landlocked Hungary shares borders with Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. While most of Hungary is flat, there's some mountainous terrain to be found in the north and near the Austrian border. While Hungary has no coastline, the country is rich in rivers, brooks, lakes and hot springs, with the Danube and the Tisza flowing through, as well as other tributaries. Blessed with a vast amount of arable land, Hungary has an extensive agriculture/viticulture industry, with vineyards, orchards, farms and grazing livestock a common sight when travelling out of the city.

Top Picks

Fisherman's Bastion

Top 5 Classic Castles of Hungary

1. Vajdahunyad Castle

A blend of many different architectural styles, this urban castle located in Budapest showcases Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Renaissance features. Modelled on a Transylvanian castle, this unique building is now home to a museum dedicated to Hungarian agriculture, wine making and forestry.

2. Fisherman's Bastion

Providing exceptional panoramic views of Budapest, this white stone castle-like structure was built in 1905. Retaining a distinct 'Disney-like' air, this charming building has winding staircases, towers, parapets and a conical roof - hallmarks of all good fairytales!

3. Festetics Palace

This Baroque palace located in Zala County may technically not be a castle but definitely has all the opulence and grandeur of one. Built in the 18th century for the wealthy Festetics Family, this palace is now home to a coveted book collection (considered the greatest surviving aristocratic library in Hungary) as well as a museum and concert hall.

4. Castle of Eger

This ancient castle has survived invasions, explosions and the ravages of time to become one of Eger's most popular attractions. Surrounded by cobbled streets, the panoramic views from atop the fortress walls are splendid in clear weather.

5. Brunswick Castle

Built in 1775 for Count Antal Brunswick, this grand neo-gothic castle once played host to Beethoven. Now surrounded by a nature reserve and home to a museum, church and research institute, this impressive castle just outside of Budapest is well worth a day trip.

FAQs on Hungary

Tipping is generally expected by service workers in Hungary. A tip of around 10% is sufficient for taxi drivers, wait and hotel staff.
Travellers will be able to access the internet at cyber cafes and hotels in Hungary's cities. Regional and rural areas may have less internet access, but overall, Hungary is well connected to the web.
Mobile phone coverage is good in most parts of Hungary. Be sure to activate global roaming on your phone before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile.
Most toilets in Hungary are of the modern, flushable variety. Public toilets are quite scarce in Hungary and expect to pay a small fee when visiting, as is standard practice in many other Central European countries.
Slice of cake in a cafe = 300-400 HUF
Public transport ticket = 320 HUF
Bottle of local beer = 600 HUF
Bowl of hearty soup = 600 HUF
Simple fast food meal = 1,000-1,500 HUF
Three-course meal in a restaurant = 3000-10,000 HUF
The tap water in Hungary is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.
Major credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels, restaurants, boutiques and shops. Smaller retailers like family-run restaurants, market stalls and small shops may not accept credit cards, so always carry enough cash to cover smaller purchases.
Travellers will be able to find ATMs throughout most of Hungary, especially in large cities and regional towns.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 15 Anniversary of 1848 uprising against Austrian rule
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 20 Whit Monday
Aug 20 National Day (Feast of St Stephen)
Oct 23 Republic Day (Anniversary of 1956)
Nov 1 All Saints' Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/hungary/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Hungary Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Hungary

1. Be considerate of Hungary’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat Paul Lendvai
Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to AmericaKati Marton
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in HungaryAranka Siegal
Made in Hungary: A Life Forged by HistoryMaria Krenz
The Melancholy of ResistanceLaszlo Krasznahorkai
FatelessnessImre Kertesz
SkylarkDezso Kosztolanyi