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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Hungary

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Hungary that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Hungary Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Magyar Köztársaság
Capital: Budapest
Population: 10 million
Telephone Code:+36
Time Zone:+1 CET Area: 90.000sq km
Language(s): Hungarian
Ethnic Groups: Roma, Slovak, German, Romanian
Highest Mountain: Kékes (1014m)
Head of State:Dr. László Sólyom
Prime minister: Viktor Orbán
Government: parlamental democracy
Currency: 1 Forint = 100 fillér (but it is not used now)
Exchange Rate: 1 EUR = 308FT, 1 USD = 245 ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Events:
Sziget Festival (www.szigetfestival.com), Budapest, 7 days in August
I'm from Croatia and was there first time in 2005 but i think it should be mentioned here. It's rock festival with some 20-30 stages and many many more things to do trough the whole day than just concerts at the evenig. There are up to 70 000, people camping and attending this big river island from all over Europe daily, and it is a great fun. Well, actually there is a lot to do in Budapest (museums, ... more

Maps

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Map of Budapest
Map of Hungary

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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ALSO 10% OF THE MAIN ROADS ARE BEING RENOVATED SO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR TRAFFIC JAMS!!
Small but important tip - if you are over 65 you travel on trams, buses and rail free (just a reservation fee), but not airlines or special transport like the Children's railway and the lift up to the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest. If you carry a EU passport all you need to do is show it when asked. Sorry, doesn't apply to non-EU countries. I travel all over Hungary and never pay a penny except for ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options http://www.hotels.hu, http://www.hostels.com/en/hu.bu.html Dominik Panzió Budapest, XIV.Cházár A. u.3. Tel: 1-343-7655 , 1-460-9428

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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If you want to eat cheap, warm and good traditional food try FOZELEKFALO. They offer soup like - but thicker - vegetable dishes (fozelek) and if you want you can have something on the top (fried cheese/vegetables, sausage, fish etc.) It's becoming a chain now, so you can find them at many various locations in Budapest, but the first one that opened is in 18 Nagymezo utca (Andrassy corner, near Oktogon). This one is closed on Sunday but during the week it's open till about 9 pm. Be prepared that ... more

Money and Costs

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Currency
Hungarian Forint. Approx 308 HUF = 1 euro, 245 HUF = 1$.

Exchanging Money
There are exchange offices in all of the railway and bus stations in Budapest (and of couse also in the airport). You can also find many of them in the downtown. They change dollars, euros and nearly all of the major European currencies (NOK, CZK and so on).

Credit Cards
Credit cards are accepted by ATM machines and in many of the shops. ATMs can be found i ... more

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Since Hungary is a member of the European Union, travellers coming from another EU country don't need anything but a valid personal identification card. You can find useful informations about visas at the homepage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.kulugyminiszterium.hu/archivum/Kulugyminiszterium/EN/StartPage.htm

Should the link be outdated, try searching at the start page: http://www.kum.hu

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ... Cheap internet access: Kazinczy utca (2 min. walk from Thököly corner)

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Hungarians are really kind and relaxed people. It is rare that you see someone running, or having any kind of stress. They are quiet and will try to keep everything and everyone in peace as long as you won't try to worry. Polite and generous people are always prefered, but I think it's true all around the world! Try to consider that locals have a hard life because of very low salaries and growing stand of prices due mostly to the EU entrance. Keep trying to be understanding that, even if ... more

Language and Useful Phrases

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Hi - szia, helló
"Kiss your hand" - [kezeit] csókolom
[polite way of adressing an older woman]
I love you - szeretlek
thank you - köszönöm, köszi
I don't understand - nem értem
yes - igen
no - nem
I don't know - nem tudom
cheers! - Egészségedre
How are you? - hogy vagy?
I'm firstname lastname - lastname firstname vagyok
Where is...? - Hol van...?
I'm looking for... - Keresek...
Sorry - boc ... more

Events and Holidays

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Every summer there is a huge one-week open air festival: the SZIGET!! Find more info at : http://www.diaksziget.com/english/s1.php

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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www.magyarorszag.hu www.readysteadytravel.com www.utvonalterv.hu

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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