Visiting Hungary? Read This First.
Hungary is a beautiful yet dense country with a population of nearly 10 million inhabitants in an area close to the size of the U. S. state of Maine.
Budapest, its Capital, is home to 1.7 million Hungarians, but don’t let that deter you from visiting. You are sure to find Hungary a friendly place, filled with age old traditions, intelligent people and great food.
“Hungary is also known for churning out Nobel laureates and famous inventors”
If you plan to visit Hungary, don’t forget your swimsuit. Even in the dead of winter, there will always be a place to swim within Hungary’s natural hot springs. There are over 1,000 hot springs in country of Hungary, including one in Budapest that boasts it is the largest in Europe. Hungary is also home to Central Europe’s largest lake, Lake Balaton, spanning an area of 600 square kilometers.
Hungary is also known for churning out Nobel laureates and famous inventors. Great inventions, such as the aluminum airship, which came to be called the zeppelin, computer science, nuclear reactors, and even the Rubix Cube, had their humble beginnings in Hungary.
Hungarian traditions are still proud and strong. Hungarians are still proud to include Franz Liszt as their own, and have named a square for him in Budapest. Hungarians are also proud sports nuts and rightfully so. Hungary has won more Olympic medals than several other countries in the world. Another great tradition that Hungarians keep alive is horseback riding.
Hungarians are especially known for good food and good drink. Their most famous dish is called gulyás, which Americans have come to know as goulash. Contrary to popular belief, goulash is more of a soup than a stew. Hungarians are also fond of paprika, and is a staple ingredient in most kitchens and restaurants in the country. Hungarians are also fond of beer and wine, but it is important to remember if you visit Hungary that it is frowned upon to clink beer glasses, a tradition traced back to their War of Independence, in which the Austrians would celebrate their victories by clinking their beer glasses.
Hungary is a beautiful country, filled with intelligent people with strong traditions. You will find much to do and see in this place, and you will find it a friendly place as long as you remember to respect their traditions.