One of Europe’s smallest but pressed with beautiful towns, historical sights, fabulous architectural structures, ancient castles, grand cathedrals, museums, thermal baths, fine wines, and lots more, Hungary is recognised as one of the best tourist countries in the world. Though small in landmass, Hungary houses several recording attractions like the second largest thermal lake in the world, the second largest Baroque Castle in the world, the largest natural grassland in Europe, the largest synagogue in Europe, the second largest underground in Europe, and many other records. Delectable food and wine, vibrant nightlife, spectacular theatres, enchanting parks, and dreamy lakes all combine to make Hungary a spectacle.
If you ever catch the feeling of boredom, then you're certainly not in Hungary. Plan a trip to Hungary, and it's guaranteed you get to enjoy every minute of your stay. And don't forget to go along with a good camera, you will need one.
Main Things You Need To Know
Best Things To Do In Hungary
Main Things You Need To Know About Hungary
Hungary uses the Hungarian Forint which is a currency that is unique to it and is not used in other countries of the world. One US dollar is equivalent to 256.4 Hungarian Forint. Although it usually remains in the neighbourhood of 256.4 Forint to one US dollar, this figure sometimes experiences slight drifts up and downward drifts. You will find it easy to exchange your money to the Hungarian's forint once in the country, or you may choose to make the exchange before entering.
The Hungarian language is spoken in Hungary as its official language. It is a language unique to this country and only spoken in Hungary. Over 98% of the country’s population speak the Hungarian language. Romanian and German are also recognised as the country’s second official language although it is spoken by a very few population. The English language is the next widely spoken language in Hungary although it is also spoken by a very few percentage of the country’s population. Other foreign languages used in the country include German, Russian, and French. Tourists will need and will find the assistance of a local tourist guide very helpful since the major language used in the country is its Hungarian language.
Hungary is one of the EU member states that have signed the Schengen Agreement, and there are no border controls for countries under the Schengen Agreement, this means nationals of such countries do not require a visa to enter Hungary. And like other visas Schengen Visas, different rules apply to nationals from different countries. Not all EU member states have signed the Schengen Agreement, so the policy of a free entry without a visa is not applicable to all EU member states, but it's confined to only those countries which have signed the agreement. The following are the requirements for tourists that require a Hungarian Tourist Visa to enter the country:
- A completed and signed copy of the visa application form.
- A valid passport. Passport must remain valid for three months at least after the end of your stay in the country.
- Two recent passport-sized photographs that are not older than six months.
- Evidence showing you have provision for accommodation in the country.
- Evidence showing that you will not be a threat to the public.
- A recent bank statement, not older than six months, to prove you have sufficient funds to cater for all expenses that may be incurred during your visit.
- Where you are sponsored by a relative, you will need to present a letter of invitation with the contact address and phone number of your sponsor.
Like other Schengen Visas, it is valid for a period of 3 months but can be extended up to 90 days for nationals of certain countries. Not all countries can get an extension after the expiration of the first 3 months while some others can. There are some who can obtain an extension of visa, but extension will not be up to 3 months. So ensure you check the rules that apply to your country for proper planning of your visit.
PLANE, BUS, CAR
Hungary’s Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, Airport Debrecen, Pécs-Pogány International Airport and Gy?r-Pér International Airport are the country’s main international airports that receive tourists from foreign countries. For a luxurious means of entering Hungary, you might want to consider this option. Prices for air travels tend to climb during the peak travel periods.
Hungary is bordered on all sides by lands, Slovakia to the north, Austria to the west, Croatia to its south-west, Serbia to its south and Romania to its east. So traveling by land into Hungary has to be through any of these countries. The country has strict border checks but provided your documents are right, getting in wouldn’t be a problem. But sure to get your International Motor Insurance Card handy. Of the five neighbouring countries, only Austria, Slovenia, and Slovakia have signed the Schengen Agreement and thus do not have border controls between these countries making entry from any one of them quite easily.
Trains are also available for tourists from Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, and a few other countries to Budapest the country’s capital. Travels with trains are fast, reliable, convenient, and are relatively cheap.
With all borders closed in by land, there are no advisable means of entering Hungary by sea travels on ferries and boats.
Peak Travel Periods
Hungary enjoys four distinct seasons, each with its lovely uniqueness. Some say the best time to visit Hungary is just between when there is a large crowd of tourists swarming in, and when a reduced number of tourists come around, so you get to avoid the inflated prices and still get the best from the visit. The numbers stay up from June to September, but Hungary experiences its peak travel period in the month of August, and a fall in number of tourist in the months of November to April. However, whichever month you decide to pay this beautiful country a visit, and you're sure to enjoy every moment of your stay.