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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.

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Hungary

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Hungary

HungaryBoscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection 

Erzsebet Korut 9-11
Budapest 1073
Hungary

Price (US$): $123 - $538 / night

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Location. Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection is a business friendly hotel located in Budapest's Budapest City Centre neighborhood, close to Blaha Lujza Square, Ferenc Liszt Square, and Oktogon. Additional points of interest include Parliament Building and Hungexpo Budapest Fair Center. Hotel Features. Dining options at Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts… more »

HungaryHilton Budapest 

Hess A Ter 1-3
Budapest 1014
Hungary

Price (US$): $154 - $288 / night

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Location. Hilton Budapest is a business friendly hotel located in Budapest's Budapest City Centre neighborhood, close to Trinity Square, Adam Clark Square, and Parliament Building. Additional points of interest include Fisherman's Bastion and Buda Castle. Hotel Features. Hilton Budapest's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility. Spa amenities… more »

HungaryBuddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace 

Vaci utca 34
Budapest 1052
Hungary

Price (US$): $160 - $361 / night

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Location. Buddha Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace is a business friendly hotel located in Budapest's Budapest City Centre neighborhood, close to Vaci utca, Vorosmarty Square, and Ferenc Deak Square. Additional points of interest include Roosevelt Square and Parliament Building. Hotel Features. Buddha Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace features 3 bars/lounges and a snack bar/deli. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply).… more »

HungaryAirport Hotel Budapest 

Lorinci u. 130/a
Vecses 2220
Hungary

Price (US$): $93 - $109 / night

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Location. Airport Hotel Budapest is located in Vecses and connected to the airport. Hungexpo Budapest Fair Center, Arena Plaza Shopping Mall, and Hungarian National Museum are regional attractionsRegional points of interest also include Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool and Vajdahunyad Castle. Hotel Features. Airport Hotel Budapest'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 a… more »

HungaryLe Meridien Budapest 

Erzsebet Ter 9-10
1051 Budapest
Budapest 1051
Hungary

Price (US$): $162 - $324 / night

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Location. Located in central Budapest, Le Meridien Budapest is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Ferenc Deak Square, Vorosmarty Square, and St. Stephen's Basilica. Additional points of interest include Roosevelt Square and Adam Clark Square. Hotel Features. Le Meridien Budapest's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub,… 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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