Hungary is a country in central Europe surrounded by land with low mountains in the northwest, the Great Plain in the east, and rivers and lakes. It is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and its capital, Budapest is regarded to be the most beautiful city in the world. Over 90% of the population in the country are ethnically Hungarians. The country is also known for its flavourful cuisine which uses unique ingredients, Hungarian paprika. There are a few things to know about this country that you may not know. Hungary has many unknown secrets and you should know about these facts about the country. It is a destination worth visiting if you are going for a trip to the region. You can make Wizz Air bookings if you plan to travel to this country.
- It has a lake with an area of 600 sq kilometers called Lake Balaton, it is also known as the Hungarian Sea. It is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe and at an hour’s ride southwest of Budapest. Visitors can take a leisure dip or go sailing in the water.
- The alphabet system has 26 letters and Hungary’s system has 44. Some of the letters are a combination of letters like ‘dzs’ is read as ‘j’. It is considered to be difficult to learn the Hungarian language.
- Tojak, Hungary is the oldest and official wine region in the world. Here signs of viticulture were found by experts which date back to over 2000 years. The French king, King Louis XIV had declared a Tojak triple as the ‘Wine of kings, king of wines’.
- In 1957, Elvis Presley, known as the king of Rock and Roll performed to pay tribute to the country’s anti-Soviet uprising, called ‘Peace in the Valley’. In 2011, Hungary awarded Elvis citizenship for his support years ago.
- Hungary is not considered to be a skiing destination though it should be. It has many lesser-known slopes. The Dobogoko Ski Centre is closest to Budapest and the larger Siarena Epleny has earned the name the ‘Little Alps’.
- The largest synagogue in Europe which is also the second largest in the world is in Budapest. The facade of the rose and the gilt can be easily spotted on Dohany Street and it can accommodate up to 3000 people.
- Budapest is well known for its thermal springs but the subterranean labyrinth under them is a secret. Here you will find the world’s largest thermal caves. Visitors can explore the caves which are open like the pink-hued Sezmlo-hegy.
- You will find mummies here, just visit the Saint Stephen Basilica in Budapest. The country’s first monarch, King Stephen’s mummified right hand is displayed in an ornate glass case. It is considered to be sacred.
- The country has also produced a series of inventors. It is the Hungarian engineer, Bela Bareyni rather than Mr. Porsche who designed the famous Volkswagen Beetle. The architect Erno Rubik created the famous Rubik’s Cube and Laszlo Biro invented the ballpoint pen.
- Hungary has produced the masters of Hollywood. The founder of Paramount Pictures, Adolf Zukor and the founder of Fox Film Corporation, Vilmos Fried are from this country. Michael Curtiz, the director of Casablanca was also born in this country.
In Hungary, the weather in the Great Plains can get quite harsh with hot summers, cold winters and rainfall. The temperature in Hungary varies from -20° C in winter to 39° C in the summer. After hot summers heavy storms are frequent and in Autumn rainfall is more frequent. The western parts of the country receive more rainfall than the eastern parts. Sometimes severe drought may occur in the summertime. The weather of the capital, Budapest is humid continental with mild temperatures during Spring and Autumn. The summers are warm with sudden heavy showers. The winters are cold with temperatures usually reaching below zero degrees. The best time to visit Hungary is during Spring and Autumn as the weather is milder. The months of May, June, September and early October are good for visiting the country. You will find good safety and political stability and safe food and water. You should not miss out on this beautiful destination on your trip.