Area: 93.030 km2
Number of inhabitants: 9.981.865
Official Language: Hungarian (Magyar)
Time zone: Central
European time (GMT+1)
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Electric Plug Details: European plug with two circular metal pins
Country calling codes: +36
Summer: sunny and dry + 25 – +35 C
Winter: cloudy and cold – 10 – +5 C
Spring & Autumn: sunny, mild +13 – +25 C
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 HUF
Bank notes: 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 HUF
Banks are usually open between 8.00 – 16.00 on weekdays. Some banks are open on Saturday, but all are closed on Sunday. ATM and currency exchange offices are available throughout the country. Major credit cards (AmEx, Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Cirrus) can be used in the member shops and businesses. Look for the logo displayed at the entrance. ATMs operate 24 hours a day. Major credit cards and bank cards are accepted.
The country is home to 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).
Hungarian wines are enjoyed throughout Europe.
Hungarian classical and folk music is world-renowned. The names and works of Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and Ferenc Liszt have won Hungarian culture a considerable reputation. The concert halls of the capital attract not only the best Hungarian artists, but also the greatest performers from every corner of the world. Each year the Budapest Spring Festival and its counterpart the Budapest Autumn Festival host the very best of Hungarian and international music, theatre, film and fine arts.
Aside from the successful operettas of Imre Kálmán, Pál Ábrahám and Ferenc Lehár (Countess Marica, Csárdás Queen, Land of Smiles) playing in the renewed Budapest Operetta Theatre, the programe is also spiced with popular musicals (Funny Girl, Sound of Music).