Hungary cradles the largest thermal water cave system and the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grasslands in Europe (Hortobágy). Hungary is also sometimes referred to as the land of sun and wine.
Total Area: 93,030 km2 (35,919 sq miles)
Population: 10,014,324 (2011 estimate)
Hungary lies in Central Europe and is situated in the Carpathian Basin. It is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Croatia and Serbia to the south, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Austria to the west and Slovenia to its southwest. Its capital, Budapest, is simultaneously its largest city. Hungary is a Schengen state, a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD and the Visegrád Group. The Hungarian language, also known as Magyar, belongs to the Finno-Ugric family and is one of the handful of languages spoken within the European Union that are not of Indo-European origin.
A landlocked country, Hungary is home to Lake Balaton, the largest in central Europe, and to a large number of spa towns and hot springs. Hungarians are generally very open-minded, friendly, hospitable, have clarity of their word, extremely inventive and analytically thinking people.
Today, Hungary is a high-income economy and a regional leader in some respects. Entry from Schengen countries (Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia) as there are no physical borders in EU there will be no strict border control. From Romania and Croatia a normal control will take place but from Ukraine and Serbia the control will be very strict. If you expectedly arrive to the Hungarian border after 4pm please, use a bigger crossing as smaller ones usually close in the afternoon for the night.
Sources: BBC, Wikipedia, waterfire.fas.is, euraxess-hungary
Hungary has a continental climate, with hot summers with low overall humidity levels but frequent rainshowers and mildly cold snowy winters. Average high temperature in the summer is 23 °C (73.4 °F) to 28 °C (82 °F) and average low temperature in the winter it is -3 °C (27 °F) to -7 °C (19 °F). The average yearly rainfall is approximately 600 mm (23.6 in). A small, southern region of the country near Pécs enjoys a reputation for a Mediterranean climate, but in reality it is only slightly warmer than the rest of the country and still receives snow during the winter.
Hungary is in the temperate zone, and as previously mentioned, has a relatively dry continental climate. A word of caution is that there are big differences between the weather in the four seasons, summers are hot and winters are cold. Average temperatures range from -1 °C (30.2 °F) in January to 21 °C (69.8 °F) in July. Hungary is protected from extreme weather conditions by the surrounding mountain ranges, the Alps and the Carpathians.
Like most Eastern European economies, Hungary experienced market liberalisation in the early 1990s as part of a transitional effort to move away from communism. It has succeeded in transforming its centrally planned economy into a market economy and it has a requirement to reduce government spending and further reform its economy in order to meet the 2020 target date for accession to the euro zone. The Hungarian economy is a medium-sized, structurally, politically and institutionally open economy in Central Europe and is part of the EU single market. Hungary is also a full member of OECD and the World Trade Organization. Both foreign ownership of and foreign investment in Hungarian firms are liberally in full fledge and widespread.
The private sector accounts for over 80% of GDP. Hungary gets nearly one third of all foreign direct investment flowing into Central Europe, with cumulative foreign direct investment totaling more than US$185 billion since 1989. The top income tax rate is fairly high, but corporate taxes are low. Inflation tends to be low and more regulated in recent years. Investment in Hungary is reported to be "easy", although it is subject to government licensing in security-sensitive areas. Foreign capital enjoys virtually the same protections and privileges as domestic capital. The rule of law is strong, a professional judiciary protects property rights, and the level of corruption is low. It enjoys strong fiscal, monetary, trade, investment, business, and labour freedoms. Total aggregate Government spending still remains high to this day (May 2012) and is one of the issues the present Government is looking to improve, in cooperation with the EU.
Hungary is one of the thirty most popular tourist destinations of the world, attracting 8.6 million tourists a year (2007) and another 9,058, 000 in 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, there were signs of recovery in foreign tourism to Hungary, with the number of international guest arrivals in the hospitality sector rising 3.6%, compared with the same period in 2009 (despite the lack of growth in foreign tourist nights over the same period).
Since 2008, Hungary, along with much of East/Central Europe, is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination among Western Europeans, and especially Britons. While cheap tickets offered by low-cost airlines have turned Prague into a well-known stag weekend destination among British travelers, Budapest tends to attract crowds due to this historic town’s scenic location along the Danube, its unique abundance of Roman and Turkish baths and the plain fact that hotels and restaurant meals are still noticeably cheaper than in most western urban centers.
Hungary's main source markets, Romania, Poland, Slovakia and the eurozone (which accounted for around 80% of tourist arrivals in 2008), will have a negative impact on the number foreign tourists in the short term. Moreover, the economic downturn in key markets is also likely to outweigh any benefits to Hungary, due to the forecast strength of the forint (which occurred from 2011 onwards) and has undermined the competitiveness of the tourism sector.
Sources: visit-hungary, Wikipedia, gotohungary, tradingeconomics, BMI, prlog.org
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One interesting pastime in Hungary has been to drive in a good few of its thermal lakes around the country; they are truly some of the best attractions Hungary is famous for! There are just over 135 therapeutic springs in the country. You may drive your rental car and drive it to one of them. Most hot springs appeared as a result of deep drilling for oil, carried out around 100 years ago all over the country. Instead of income from oil, the future held that Hungary would rather benefit as a result of developing its medical tourism, attracting flocks of overseas visitors and lots of locals.
Other local attractions would be its magnificent castles and baroque architectures, with this style of building (and culture) arriving in Hungary since 18th century, a little bit late when compared to other Western countries. More specifically, Hungary is home to the largest (the Great, as it is known) Synagogue in Europe. In addition and fully utilizing the reliability and comfort of one of our rental cars, other attractions to drive to would be Lake Balaton, and the largest natural grassland in Europe Hortobágy. The third largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica) lies in Esztergom and is also a fortified structure.
Likewise, more attractions on your car hire trip would be the second largest territorial abbey in the world (Pannonhalma Archabbey), the second largest Baroque castle in the world (Gödöllo), and the largest Early Christian Necropolis outside Italy (Pécs). While in your trip, you can expect to find safe food and water, good road safety during all times of day.
You may pick up one of our rental cars in any Hungarian location which is to your preference, such as city centres and airports all over the country. Our Airport locations include of course the Budapest’s Main Airport and all its Terminals, as well as Sarmellek, Gyor, Debrecen and Pecs Airports. Our dedicated purchasing team compares prices across all the main suppliers such as Budget, Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Hertz as well as an abundance of other carefully selected and reliable local suppliers to find you the best car rental rates possible, 24/7 all year round. Visit any of our pages, or the orange car search facility in the top right section of this page and receive a concise, online and fully inclusive quote today and see how much can be saved on your next car rental in Hungary, simply by utilizing our Online services and aftersales Customer centre support when on location and where needed.
Speed limits in Hungary are:
• Towns and cities : 50 km/h (31 mph)
• Open Roads : 90-110 km/h (56-68mph)
• Motorways : 130 km/h (81 mph)
Hungary uses the Right side for Driving.
Hungary has a 0.00 Alcohol limit, meaning it has a zero tolerance policy towards drink-driving, so simply don’t drive after drinking, or be prepared for some serious trouble.