They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea.
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Hungary

Background

Hungary

Hungary became a Christian kingdom in A.D. 1000 and for many centuries served as a bulwark against Ottoman Turkish expansion in Europe. The kingdom eventually became part of the polyglot Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed during World War I. The country fell under Communist rule following World War II. In 1956, a revolt and an announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with a massive military intervention by Moscow. Under the leadership of Janos KADAR in 1968, Hungary began liberalizing its economy, introducing so-called "Goulash Communism." Hungary held its first multiparty elections in 1990 and initiated a free market economy. It joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.

About

Hungary (Magyarország) is a country in Central Europe. Member of the European Union and the Schengen Border-less Europe Agreement. The country offers many diverse destinations: relatively low mountains in the north-west, the Great Plain in the east, lakes and rivers of all sorts (including Balaton - the largest lake in Central Europe), and many beautiful small villages and hidden gems of cities. Top this off with Hungary's great accessibility in the middle of Europe, a vivid culture and economy, and you get a destination absolutely not worth missing if you're in the region.

Read more about Hungary in our Hungary travel guide »

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Hungary

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Featured hotels in

Hungary

HungaryCorinthia Hotel Budapest 

Erzsebet krt 43-49
Budapest 1073
Hungary

Price (US$): $288 - $638 / night

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Location. Located in central Budapest, Corinthia Hotel Budapest is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Ferenc Liszt Square, and Oktogon. Additional points of interest include Blaha Lujza Square and Parliament Building. Hotel Features. Corinthia Hotel Budapest features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room. The… more »

HungarySofitel Budapest Chain Bridge 

Szechényi István Tér 2
(ex Roosevelt Tér 2)
Budapest 1051
Hungary

Price (US$): $140 - $261 / night

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Location. Located in central Budapest, Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Roosevelt Square, Vorosmarty Square, and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Additional points of interest include Ferenc Deak Square and Adam Clark Square. Hotel Features. Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves continental breakfasts each morning in the… more »

HungaryHilton Budapest WestEnd 

Ut Vaci 1-3
Budapest 1062
Hungary

Price (US$): $135 - $230 / night

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Location. Located in central Budapest, Hilton Budapest WestEnd is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of WestEnd City Center and Nyugati Square. Additional points of interest include Parliament Building and Hungarian State Opera House. Hotel Features. Hilton Budapest WestEnd's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel also has a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves… more »

HungaryFour Seasons Gresham Palace 

Széchenyi István tér 5-6
Budapest 1051
Hungary

Price (US$): $437 - $545 / night

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Location. Four Seasons Gresham Palace is a business friendly hotel located in Budapest's Budapest City Centre neighborhood, close to Roosevelt Square, Parliament Building, and Vorosmarty Square. Additional points of interest include Adam Clark Square and Ferenc Deak Square. Hotel Features. Four Seasons Gresham Palace's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in… more »

HungaryInterContinental Budapest 

Apaczai Csere Janos 12-14
Budapest 1368
Hungary

Price (US$): $100 - $343 / night

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Location. Located in central Budapest, InterContinental Budapest is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Roosevelt Square, Vorosmarty Square, and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Additional points of interest include Adam Clark Square and Ferenc Deak Square. Hotel Features. InterContinental Budapest's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a… more »

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Hungary

Full name
Republic of Hungary
Capital
Budapest
Location

Central Europe, northwest of Romania

Geographic coordinates

47 00 N, 20 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Indiana

Border countries

Austria 366 km, Croatia 329 km, Romania 443 km, Serbia 166 km, Slovakia 676 km, Slovenia 102 km, Ukraine 103 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

temperate; cold, cloudy, humid winters; warm summers

Terrain

mostly flat to rolling plains; hills and low mountains on the Slovakian border

Lowest point

Tisza River 78 m

Highest point

Kekes 1,014 m

Natural resources

bauxite, coal, natural gas, fertile soils, arable land

Population

9,992,339 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Hungarian 92.3%, Roma 1.9%, other or unknown 5.8% (2001 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 51.9%, Calvinist 15.9%, Lutheran 3%, Greek Catholic 2.6%, other Christian 1%, other or unspecified 11.1%, unaffiliated 14.5% (2001 census)

Languages

Hungarian 93.6%, other or unspecified 6.4% (2001 census)

Government type

parliamentary democracy

Independence

16 November 1918 (republic proclaimed); notable earlier dates 25 December 1000 (crowning of King STEPHEN I, traditional founding date); 30 March 1867 (dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary created)

National holiday

Saint Stephen's Day, 20 August

Chief of state

President Pal SCHMITT (since 6 August 2010)

Head of government

Prime Minister Viktor ORBAN (since 29 May 2010)

Internet country code

.hu

Internet users

6.176 million (2009)

Airports

43 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Budapest, Dunaujvaros, Gyor-Gonyu, Csepel, Baja, Mohacs

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