Hungary is located in Central Europe. It neighbours Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine. Hungary offers a variety of touristic destinations and natural beauties – the Great Plain in the east, mountains in the north-west and the largest lake in Central Europe: Lake Balaton. Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world. It also boasts plenty of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere reserves and thermal lakes. Lake Heviz is the second largest thermal lake in the world.
Hungary is a high income nation with a developed healthcare infrastructure. All hospitals in Hungary have heliports specifically designed for air ambulances. Budapest, Pecs, Szeged and Debrecen have university centres focused on medical study.
Hungary is a very popular medical tourism destination. Around 42% of all European medical tourists choose Hungary for their dental work and around 21% of worldwide medical tourists picked Hungary as their destination. Medical tourism in Hungary started in the early 1980s with Austrians and Germans visiting Budapest for more affordable dental work. Patients can save up to 70% for dental procedures in Hungary, compared to prices in the United States, United Kingdom or Northern Europe countries.
Plastic surgery is also a popular choice for tourists visiting Hungary. Around 30% of all plastic surgery patients are international. Patients can usually save up to 40-80% on their medical expenses.
Nature and National Parks - Hungary is a popular destination for bird watching enthusiasts. The Zemplen, Bukk and Aggtelek hills are an excellent choice. The Hortobagy National Park and the Kiskunsag National Park are also excellent destinations for nature lovers.
Thermal Baths - Hungary has over 1000 thermal springs littered around the countryside. Around 100 of them are in the Budapest area. The Szechenyi baths in Budapest are one of the most popular destinations for tourists looking to unwind and relax. The Szechenyi baths complex is the biggest in Europe. It was built in 1913 in a Modern Renaissance style.
Budapest is true delight for tourists from all around the world. The city is one of the most popular touristic destinations in the world. Tourists can visit the Buda Castle and Andrassy Avenue.
Lake Balaton is the biggest lake in Central Europe. Hungarians love to call Balaton “their own little sea”. Lake Balaton is also Hungary’s most popular summer resort – visitors can engage in hiking, sailing and kite surfing.
The Tokaj region in Hungary is known for its world-renowned white wine. Most Tokaj wines are sweet desert wines. Tourists can take the train from Budapest directly to Tokaj for a very small fee.
● Hungary has a continental climate with hot summers and mild snowy winters. Rain showers are frequent during the summer months. The southern region is slightly warmer than the rest of the country.
● Hungary has two main international airports: The Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and the Debrecen Airport. Although there are no domestic flights in Hungary, there are plenty of international flights, connecting the country to most of Europe and quite a few interesting destinations around the world.
● Hungarian is the official language in Hungary but most young people speak English or German. As a rule of thumb, German is more widely spoken in the western part of Hungary, closer to the border with Austria.
● Hungary uses the Forint (HUF) as currency but Euros are also accepted in certain hotels and shops. It’s still advisable for tourists to change their foreign currency into HUFs when entering the country. Visitors need to be cautious about the exchange rates and potential hidden fees of exchange offices.
● Hungary uses the 230V, 50Hz electrical system fitted with European style plugs. Most hotels can offer adapters for American or British tourists.