IntroductionThe Republic of Hungary (Magyarország) is a Country in Eastern Europe, which represents a bridge between East and West. Mostly known for its lovely capital Budapest, Hungary has a lot to offer to tourist, from baroque cities to lively villages in the countryside.
CapitalBudapest (1.698.106 in 2006)
Population10.076.581 in 2008.
1 Euro = 271.15 HUF
1 HUF = 0.004 Euro
Time zoneUTC +1
LanguageHungarian. English and German are widely spoken.
Entry requirementNeither passport nor visa is required for European citizens of the Member States. A valid identity card is sufficient. Most of European driving licenses are accepted.
Travelling with petsSmall sized pets must travel with an animal passport (in force since 2004) and have an identification microchip or tattoo. Also, they must be vaccinated against rabies.
Health and safetyBoth private and public health structures are sufficient, and it is easy to find medicaments. No vaccination is required. It is advisable to bring the magnetic card for health assistance. General safety is good, there are no particular danger zones.
ClimateHungary is characterised by a continental climate. Winters are generally cold and dry, with some sporadic snowfalls, while summers are very hot.
Form of governmentParliamentary republic.
EconomyHungary is a market economy. The key productive sectors are agriculture, food and wine industry, craftsmanship, tertiary sector, IT, tourism, cars (Suzuki), pharmaceutical and building industry.
ElectricityVoltage: 220V – Frequency: 50 Hz. Plugs are generally of standard type. It is advisable to bring an adapter.
Post offices, banks and communicationsPost offices are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 18 pm. Some stay open also on Saturday until 12.30 pm. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 18 pm. Mobile phone covering is excellent.
Country code: 0036
Emergency number: 112
First aid: 104