Countries to watch: HUNGARY

MTLG - COUNTRIES TO WATCH IN 2016

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WHERE TO GO
Hungary is fast gaining the attention of the vacationers throughout the world. Situated in the east-central Europe, the country boasts of a rich historical past, which is evident in the numerous World Heritage Sites adorning its interiors. The capital of this beautiful country is Budapest and is the seat of the parliamentary democracy government.

IN NUMBERS

  • Hungary is one of the thirty most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting 10.2 million tourists a year.
  • The life expectancy rate in Hungary is 66 for men and 74 for women.
  • There are approximately 14-15 million Hungarians in the world, 10 million living inside Hungary.
  • There are approximately 500 places in the country where thermal water occurs. That means you can find water with temperature above 30°C in the 70 % of Hungary.
  • There are about 150 spas in the country where you can bath.

TOP 5

The capital city of Hungary, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Hungarian “sea” (and Continental Europe’s largest lake) is where many Hungarians spend their summer vacations.

There are more than 300 thermal hot springs in use across Hungary.

The cultural capital of the Great Plain and Hungary’s third largest city is filled with Art Nouveau masterpieces, cafes and green space.

One of the most known city of Hungary. It has a unique thermal lake rich in minerals, making it ideal for bathing.

THE MOST ...

  • The funicular which takes you up to the Buda Castle is more than 140 years old, and it was the second in Europe.
  • Budapest is home to the third largest Parliament building in the world. It covers an area of 18.000 sq meters, it has 691 rooms, 20 kilometres of stairs and it is 96 metres high.
  • Hungary has had more Nobel Prize winners relative to its population than any other nation on earth.
  • There are 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hungary.
  • Budapest has the oldest underground train system in Europe.

WHAT ELSE TO DO

  • Taste wine and palinka – Hungarian wines are celebrated the world over. Sweet tokaj and crimson-red Bull’s Blood from Eger are the best known.
  • Try gulyas, the signature national dish.
  • Enjoy a thermal bath experience – You cannot leave Hungary without experiencing the famous Szechenyi thermal bath in Budapest.
  • Attend a festival – One of the best times to travel to Hungary is, indeed, during the summer months. Not only the weather is great but there are also lots of cool events.

ARE YOU KIDDIN’ ME?
Under the siege of the Castle of Eger by the Turks, the Hungarians were so tough to beat, after they drank local red wine. The Turks tried to figure out what is that soldiers drink behind the walls, and Hugarians said that’s Bulls’s Blood that gives them courage.

SOURCEKONGRES MAGAZINE
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