Holiday in Hungary

A holiday in Hungary is about winter sports, beach vacations and water sports at Lake Balaton, great city breaks in cities such as Budapest and a wonderful nature. It is not a big country but there are lots of things to do here. If you are in need for relaxation you can visit one of the many Hungarian spas, or the thermal baths when staying in a self-catering holiday home in Southern Transdanubia. There are quite several spa towns and hot springs in the country. You can get spoiled by the pleasant water. In Budapest you will find a beautiful spa town at Szechenyi, with the largest public thermal baths in Budapest. The magical surroundings together with the great water, offer a unique source of well-being and benefits.

Come visit Budapest
If you think of Hungary, then you think of Budapest. It is a city of great caliber where culture, museums and history are very well represented. The Danube divides the city into two parts, Buda and Pest. The bridges like the ‘Elisabeth Bridge’ or the ‘Chain Bridge’ give this city that little bit of extra allure. A walk along the banks of the Danube together with the entire family is special and comfortable, and it is also romantic during sunset. If you like to shop, you can go from your holiday home in Budapest to the city center, with the Blue street and the numerous lateral streets, where you can fully enjoy this experience. On the ‘Buda Castle’ you can find a few famous monuments such as the Matthias Church, Fisherman's bastion and the Tancsics Mihaly Street. A single day would not be enough to see everything there is to see in this city.

Discover Lake Balaton
Lake Balaton is Central Europe's largest lake with a surface of 592km2. It is 79 km long and 15 km wide. This ' Hungarian Sea ' is a paradise for those who love swimming and water sports vacations. Additionally, it is a part of the national park of Lake Balaton. For artists and painters it very often is a source of inspiration, during each one of the four seasons. Jozsef Egry is one of these painters, and you can see part of his paintings in the museum in Badacsony. In this same region on the north shore, you will also see various vineyards in the countryside, as in Csopak, Badacsony and Zanka or the fertile valleys of Scisco. These wines get more and more famous every year. Hungary is a great year round holiday destination.

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Cultural adventure, great times by the sea, a holiday park in Hungary

A holiday in Hungary provides a diverse range of activities. If you are looking for the peace and quiet of nature you can visit one of the many national parks with their caves, forests, marshes, streams and rivers. If you would prefer culture, you can visit well-known destinations such as Budapest, or if you would prefer to remain in the countryside, visit places like Hollókő in northern Hungary, complete with castle and ancient traditions and customs. There are also the fabulous wine regions of Hungary, which number 22 in total. And not to forget Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, and rivers like the Danube and Tisza, therefore you have the makings of a fantastic vacation with a holiday park in Hungary. Discover it for yourself!

A holiday by the Sea
If you're looking for some affordable holiday fun, with the possibility to pursue a variety of water sports, you can't go wrong with one of Bungalow.Net's holiday parks in Hungary, which give you convenient access to places like Lake Tisza and Lake Balaton. Lake Tisza is the only lake in Europe where motor boats are allowed, so don't forget your water skis, and Lake Balaton is a sailing mecca.These places are great for bathing as well so if you're a fan of water fun during the summer, this might be just the place for you. At Lake Balaton you will also find wonderful towns like Balatonfured, home to two idyllic marinas, the perfect place to savor a glass of Balaton wine or enjoy a wellness break at one of the spas as this is one of the oldest spa towns in Hungary. Siofok is another popular destination on the lake and is known as the capital of the Balaton. Here you can enjoy eating out, or spend a morning with the kids on the sandy beach, or take a relaxing walk along the promenade. Don't forget to take a boat over to the beautiful Tihany Peninsula, the wealthiest area in Hungary and home to a beautiful church and lively nightlife. Finally, you'll also want to visit Veszprém, an old town built upon seven hills. It has an imposing castle which dates from the 9th century, a zoo, volcanic vineyards, and plenty of hiking trails for an active adventure among nature. Hungary may be a landlocked country, but you can still have plenty of fun at the Hungarian Sea!

A cultural adventure
Dreaming of medieval castles or the wild cowboys of the Puszta? Then a holiday in Hungary is just what you need. Savor a unique cultural adventure in the country that invented the Rubik's cube. It won't take you long to figure out that a family holiday in Hungary is an adventure in itself. Fill your days visiting historic places like Eger. This beautiful town is known for its historic castle and Ottoman minaret, thermal baths, and Bull's Blood (Egri Bikavér) red wine. Take a castle tour, stroll through the town, stop off at a wine cellar or enjoy a coffee at a local café. It's a carefree and relaxing day out for persons of all ages. The picturesque Danube Bend is another day trip destination you'll not want to miss. Here you'll find plenty of castle ruins and other monuments, as well as small villages and quaint towns like Esztergom, Dunabogdány, Leanyfalu and Szentendre.

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    Holiday homes Hungary

    Holiday homes Hungary

    From the holiday homes in Hungary you can go everywhere. If you choose South Transdanubia, you choose a varied holiday region. In this region you will find the city of Pecs with an overwhelming array of culture, like the Roman burial vaults, the Turkish worship places, the Zsolnay ceramics, the Csonvary paintings and the paintings by Vasarely. The city is bustling in the summer, it has cozy terraces and nice restaurants and coffee houses. The nearby park of Mecsek offers beautiful hiking trails or wine tasting on top of the mountain. The markets are also highly recommended. Other unique places are Abaliget with stalactite caves, the folkloric Dees or the thermal baths of Dombovar Gunaras. The Great Hungarian Plain offers beautiful nature in the form of Lake Tisza, the Hortobagy Puszta, the national parks and the largest Orchard in Europe. Discover the culture also, with pilgrimage sites and the ‘Koerganen’- mounds and cemetery. Hungary has plenty of nature, history and culture.

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    Apartments Hungary

    Apartments Hungary

    From the apartments in Hungary you will experience the great pleasure of a combination of water and nature, culture and tranquility. The Tizsa Lake has a large bay where you can enjoy water sports like sailing and water skiing, surfing and swimming. The nature reserve hosts many birds and fish. The cane fields at Riszavalkibekken are home for the birds in the bird sanctuary of the national park of Hortobagy. At Tiszaujvaros, you will find a series of seaside resorts, thermal baths, nature reserves and a center for physical and curative treatments. The surrounding area is very beautiful. The Balaton lake is slightly larger and much more renowned. During your holiday you can go hiking, cycling, practice water sports like surfing, sailing, sunbathing and swimming in the vicinity of Lake Balaton. Horse riding around the lake is also very popular. Siofok is the ' capital ' of the Balaton. Here you will find family beaches, beautiful beaches like Silver Beach, Golden Beach and boulevards. The town squares regularly host works of art by Hungarian artists. Hungary is a lively holiday destination.


    Villas from bungalow.net Hungary

    Villas from bungalow.net Hungary

    The villas in Hungary offer you the chance to get to know a diverse holiday country. The capital Budapest and the Lake Balaton are two famous tourist attractions. There is however much more to explore. The nature in the National Park Hortobagy is simply breathtaking with the Hungarian steppe, wetlands, small woodlands and salt meadows. The fact that there are more than 300 bird species needs no further explanation. Lake Balaton is the biggest European lake with nature, viticulture, winter sports, water sports, beach holiday and good food. Moreover it is one of the locations in Hungary where painters and artists find inspiration. Jozsef Egry is a painter, and you can see part of his paintings in the museum in Badacsony. In this same region on the north shore, you will also see various vineyards in the countryside, as in Csopak - Zanka. A day of sightseeing in Budapest with historical and culinary culture makes your holiday in Hungary complete.


    Group accommodations Hungary

    Group accommodations Hungary

    During the winter sports season, you can practice some great winter sports around the group accommodations in Hungary. Hungary does not have extremely high mountains, there are though numerous opportunities for winter sports like at Bankut in the Bukk mountains. It has the most snow-sure ski slopes, cross-country ski runs and 8 of the snowiest locations. A ski holiday will be a great success in the town of Normafa. Sipark Matraszentistvan offers six slopes, snow tubing and snow cannons. You can also enjoy the mountains, such as the Pilis Mountain, in a different way. It is a romantic landscape with forests, numerous biking and hiking trails, several caves and the highest peak is of 756m. If you like nature this region will be a real paradise for you. At Rackeve, a town on the Danube curve, you can go fishing and there are more possibilities for water sports. At Szazhalombatta you can visit the large open air museum featuring the bronze and iron age. There is something for everyone in Hungary.


    Holiday parks Hungary

    Holiday parks Hungary

    The holiday parks in Hungary can be found throughout the entire country. By choosing the North of Hungary as your holiday destination, you choose beautiful mountain ranges like Cserhat, Matra, Zemplen or the Bukk hills. Discover the stalactite caves of Baradla, the village of Holloko and the nature reserve of the Bukk Mountain. In this region you will still find some folkloric art such as the Palocen embroyderies, the folk costumes of the Matyos and of course the thermal baths of Bogacs and Bukkszek. The city of Eger is a beautiful historic city with red wines-Bull's blood and very old wine cellars. The landscape of West Transdanubia is hilly, enriched with historical monuments. The main Abbey of Pannonhalma is protected by UNESCO. In this same region you can enjoy cycling and hiking, boating and you will be introduced to the wine regions. Discover the seaside town of Buk with its springs, the Spa of Buk with its healing waters. You will also find the most beautiful golf course here, the castle of Buk situated in a beautiful natural landscape.

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Practical Information

Documents

Traveling to the beautiful country of Hungary requires no extra paperwork for the Dutch or Europeans. Every traveler, adult and child, must be in possession of their own travel documents in the form of a passport or European identity card. A visa is not required for the Europeans. Other travel documents such as insurance papers and medical insurance papers are also recommended, as in case of any problems, you'll have your information in hand. Having the phone number for blocking a credit card is another recommendation. This can prevent many problems. This way you will have a carefree vacation.

Driving a car:

Driving in Hungary is like driving anywhere in Europe. The European legislation applies in Hungary also. Make sure you have a valid insurance and you are in possession of a valid driving license. With regards to the toll roads, there are now five of them, at the border you can buy a sticker, you will get a receipt which you should keep as proof of payment and your license plate number will be recorded in the computer. Upon inspection on the road, your registration number will be checked by computer. The fines are quite high for breaking the traffic rules such as not wearing seat belts or crossing a red traffic light. No alcohol is tolerated if you are driving and mobile conversations while driving will be fined also.

  • Speed limits:
    Within the city limits: 50km/h
    Outside the city limits: 90km/h
    Highways130km/h

General Information

  • Surface area: 93027 km²

  • Inhabitants: 9939 470 in 2013

  • Capital: Budapest

  • Form of Government: Republic

  • Language: Hungarian

  • Currency: forint

Currency

The currency in Hungary is the forint – ft. In many places you can pay with euros or by bank card. A great advantage is that you can pay directly with your credit card or with money from the ATM. It is recommended that before you leave you check the internet for the exact exchange rate.

Food and Drink 

The Hungarian cuisine has its own specific, though you will recognize certain gastronomy elements from other countries also. The Hungarians love meat, fish, cheese, soup, fruit and potato dishes and stews.

Gulyas: a mix of stew and soup, depending on the region-prepared with meat and potatoes
Kolbasz: homemade sausages, smoked or fried
Goat Cheese
Turo: kneaded cheese in which salt is added
Porkolt: stew with meat and vegetables and potatoes
Halaszle: fish soup made with various fish species
Wine: each region has its own wine and rosé
Palinka: a strong alcoholic drink made of alcohol and fruits with an average alcohol content of 40 percent or more
Toltott kaposzta: cabbage rolls filled with rice, meat and herbs with or without tomato sauce
Toltott paprika: Stuffed peppers prepared based on the same principle
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Pets

If you want to take your pet with you on your holiday, you are traveling by car and your dog is in possession of a valid passport for dogs and a vaccination certificate, you can travel with your pet everywhere in Europe. Please keep in mind that your pet has to have had all its vaccinations and must always be kept on a leash. Check with your holiday accommodation if your pet's access is permitted. This can prevent future disappointments.

A few words in Hungarian

The language spoken in Hungary is Hungarian, and more and more people speak English and German. The Hungarians appreciate it if you recognize a few words in Hungarian, but this language is not really resembling another language. You will figure that out soon once you are there.

Hello - jó napot
Yes/No - igen/nem
Thank you - köszönöm
When? - mikor
Where? - hol
Morning - délelött
Afternoon - délután
Evening - este
Today - ma
Yesterday - tegnap
Tomorrow - holnap
Right - jobb
Left - bal
Open - nyitva
Closed - zárva
Closed on public holidays - ünnepnapokon zárva
Free - ingyen
Bakery - pékség
Drug Store - patika
Post office - postahivatal
Supermarket - ábécé
Bus - autobusz
Tram - villamos
Metro - metró
Train - vonat

Cultural habits

The Hungarians are proud of their cuisine, home-made wines and liqueurs. The primary recipes are the same but everyone gives the food a bit of a private touch, according to tradition. The Dutch offer coffee to someone visiting their home, the Hungarians like to offer their guests their own often homemade palinka or wine. The offering of food is a form of Hungarian hospitality. Children are the heart of the family, they are very much appreciated. The Hungarians like to be approached in a polite manner, yet this is not undermining their hospitality. They just need a bit more time before starting a spontaneous conversation.


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