About Hungary

 

Land

Hungary is a more than 1000 your old state located in Central Europe on both  side of the river Danube.

It was at the Hungarian Austrian boarder where in May 1989 the barbed wire of the “iron curtain” that separated Western and Eastern Europe was cut through by Gyula Horn, minister of foreign affairs of Hungary, a daring affair in those times. This gesture was the first step towards the democratic changes that liberated Eastern Europe from Soviet occupation.

Slightly more than one half of Hungary’s landscape consists of flat to rolling plains of the Pannonian Basin: the most important plain regions include the Little Hungarian Plain in the west, and the Great Hungarian Plain in the southeast.

The highest mountains North Hungarian Mountains, highest point: the Kékes at 1,014 m.

The country  is divided in two by its main waterway, the Danube; Lake Balaton is the biggest sweat water lake in central Europe.

The second largest natural thermal spa in the world, Lake Hévíz, is located in West Hungary.

Spas

Due to its geographical location geothermal water can be found of  good quality and in great quantities all over the country.

Hungary offers no less than 1,500 spas, typically featuring Roman, Greek and Turkish architecture. Some of the most sumptuous thermal resorts include the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, Gellért Baths, Lukács Baths, and Margaret Island Thermal Bath. For more on Budapest spas visit:http://www.spasbudapest.com/

Language

The Hungarian language  is related to the so called Uralic language family. Hungarians make the biggest group in Europe speaking  a non-Indo-European language.

To  survive you just need to say: Jó napot! /ˈjoːnɒpot/ or Köszönöm /’khoe-se-noem/ or just address your  wish  in English or German.

 Hungarian cuisine

Meat plays a central role in Hungarian cuisine;  meat stews, casseroles, steaks, roasted pork, beef, poultry, lamb or game are most popular.

What native Hungarian call goulash  is actually a soup using beef or pork, paprika, caraway, vegetables and different tiny dumplings simmered along with the meat. Other famous Hungarian meat stews would be paprikás, a paprika stew, meat simmered in thick creamy paprika gravy and pörkölt, a Hungarian stew with boneless meat (usually beef , pork, chicken, though also mushroom), onion, and sweet paprika powder, both served with nokedli (small dumplings). Various kinds of noodles and dumplings, potatoes, and rice are commonly served as a side dish.

The spicy Hungarian sausages and winter salami are a major part of Hungarian cuisine.

Emblematic dish is the Hungarian fish soup called fisherman’s soup or halászlé prepared of sweet water fish (in best case blend of different species eg. carp, catfish) with the use of abundant quantity of onion and red pepper (paprika) powder. The taste is truly memorable.

Economy

Hungary is a country filled with lowlands and pleasant climatic conditions for agriculture; typical produces are wheat, corn, sunflower seed, potatoes, sugar beets; pork, beef, poultry and dairy products.

Main industries are metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, machines and equipment.

Climate

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 from 23 °C  to 28 °C (highest July-August 37°C)  and average low temperature in the winter is −3 °C to −7 °C.

For more information on Hungary visit: http://visit-hungary.com/

Most famous descendants of Hungary

  • Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered Vitamin C, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937
  • Dennis Gábor inventor  of  Holography, Nobel Prize in Physics in 1971
  • László Bíró invented ballpoint pen
  • Ernő Rubik invented the Rubik’s Cube
  • József Galamb chief designer of Ford T-modell
  • János Neumann, key figure in the development of the first  digital computer
  • Ferenc Liszt (Franc Liszt), considered to be perhaps the greatest pianist of all time
  • Bela Bartok composer and pianist; considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century
  • Tony Curtis, world known Hollywood actor