50 Fascinating Facts About Hungary

As a result of its captivating folklore and architecture, Hungary continues to be quite popular. It also has a lot of hot springs. Despite this, the country has numerous hidden gems that are only known to a select few visitors. Here are facts you didn't know about Hungary, from world-class wine to ski resorts just outside of the city.

Fascinating Facts

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Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. To the north, it has a border with Slovakia, and it also shares a border with Ukraine to the northeast, Romania to the southeast, and Croatia to the southwest. To the west, it has Austria as a neighbor.
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About 40% of Hungary was a part of the Roman province of Pannonia under the Roman Empire. Besides Italy, Pannonia occupied a large amount of Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, & Serbia.
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Hungarians are incredibly proud of their gold medal-winning record at the Olympics. In terms of gold medals earned relative to its population, they are second only to Finland.
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The Institution of Pecs in Hungary was established in 1367 and is the country's oldest university.
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Hungary celebrates St. Stephen's Day on August 20th, which is its national holiday. Hungary's National Day is a national holiday celebrating the country's founding.
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Hungary, like the rest of Eastern Europe, was under communist authority after World War II. Hungary had $18 billion in total debt by the end of the 1980s, making it the European country with the most significant debt per capita.
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Did you know that Hungary is home to around 2.5 million native Hungarians? Instead, they reside in Romania and other western European nations, including the United States of America.
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To put it another way, the 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula One event to be held behind the Berlin Wall.
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When writing or identifying oneself in public, most Hungarians use their last name. It's customary to refer someone by their last name.
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They used 40 kilos of 23-carat gold to decorate the 691 apartments and the 20 kilometers of stairs. It's also the tallest structure in Hungary, with a height of 73 stories.
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When the three cities of Buda, Pest, and Buda (Old Buda) were combined to become Budapest, the founding fathers were split on the new metropolis.
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Thermal water rises to the earth's surface at a rate of 70 million liters per day. There are Roman-era public bathing customs in Hungary.
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Lake Balaton is known as the Hungarian Sea even though it is not a natural sea due to approximately 600 square kilometers. The biggest freshwater lake in Central Europe is located around an hour's drive southwest of Budapest. Visitors can partake in activities such as sailing and swimming.
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Our alphabet's 26 letters pale in comparison to Hungary's 44. What's more, some of those letters are made up of a mixture of letters. For example, the letter dzs is pronounced like the letter j.
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Tokaj in Hungary, not Provence, is the world's oldest officially designated wine area. Researchers have discovered evidence of viticulture stretching back over 2,000 years, and Monarch Louis XIV reportedly called a Tokaji drink the "wine of kings, king of wines" about its royal pedigree.
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Hungary has nothing to do with Elvis Presley. It turns out to be a significant amount. In 1957, he sang Peace in the Valley as a homage to the country's recent anti-Soviet rebellion. Hungary honoured Elvis with posthumous citizenship in 2011 to thank you for all his support back in the day.
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Hungary may not be the first place that comes to mind when considering a ski vacation, but it should be. Dobogók Ski Centre, the nearest to the city, and the bigger Saréna Eplény, called the tiny Alps, are among the country's many attractive but lesser-known ski areas.
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The second-largest synagogue in the world is in Budapest. It's hard to miss the rose-and-gold facade on Dohány Street's corner, and the lavish interior can accommodate up to 3000 people.
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Budapest's hot baths are well-known, but the underground labyrinth underneath them is less prominent. The most effective thermal cave system in the world may be found here. The pink-hued Szemlö-hegy, one of the very few public caves in Hungary, is accessible with a helmet.
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You may not realize this, but mummies aren't exclusive to Egypt. If you go to Budapest's Saint Stephen Basilica, you'll find an interesting artefact in the chapel. King Stephen's mummified right hand, kept in an elaborate glass cabinet, is revered as a sacred relic.
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Hungary has also generated a slew of homegrown innovators. The iconic Volkswagen Beetle was created by Hungarian engineer Béla Barényi .Ballpoint pens were invented by László Bró and Ernö Rubik, an architect.
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Much of Hollywood's success may be attributed to the country's influence. Adolf Zukor & Vilmos Fried, the two men who founded Paramount Pictures and Fox Film Corporation, were both born in this region of the world. Mano Kaminer was born in Budapest as Michael Curtiz, the director of Casablanca.
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By 2007, Hungarians had racked up an impressive number of Nobel Peace Prizes.
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Coaches, the first multi-passenger wheeled vehicles, were developed in Hungary about the year 1500, and the word 'coach' comes from the Hungarian town name Kocs.
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Hungary has a unique political history in that it was the only country to have a national vote on whether to join NATO. In 1999, it became a member of the club.
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Budapest, Hungary’s capital, and largest city is in the central region of the country. Budapest is home to about 1.7 million people, or about one-fifth of Hungary's total population (9.7 million).
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Hungary's national beverage is coffee, which is regarded as such. There are two common ways to enjoy strong black coffee in Ethiopia: "neat" (without any additions) or loads of cream and sugar. This is called Fekete.
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Gulyas is Hungary's signature dish (goulash). An old-fashioned goulash is a hearty soup or stew made with various vegetables and seasoned with paprika and other spices. It has been around since the 9th century when Magyar shepherds began eating it.
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McDonald's opened its doors in Hungary for the first time in 1988, only a few years before communism fell.
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Hungary has a more extended history than nations like France and Germany, having been established in 895.
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Hungarians arrived in Europe by horseback, and the cowboys of the plains of Puszta may still be seen today
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You'll need to fill out an application to name your child after a name that isn't already on the list of pre-approved names.
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The amount of VAT generated here is the greatest in the world.
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This landlocked nation in Central Europe has Central Europe's largest lake and a beach where you may spend your summer vacations.
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Goulash is probably a dish you've had in your native country previously. Though this meal is well-known across Hungary, you haven't truly experienced the authentic flavor of Hungarian cuisine unless you travel to Hungary.
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At each of the Olympics, they've come out on top, taking home gold medals.
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There are 13 Nobel laureates from Hungary.
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Hungry was once a Roman province; following its dissolution, the country's inhabitants, known as 'the Huns,' gave it its present name of Hungary.
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It has a long history and is one of Europe's oldest countries. Hungary's land area is comparable to Indiana's, although Indiana's land area is somewhat larger. In terms of industrial carbon dioxide emissions, Hungary ranks first among the world's 50 largest countries.
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The Hungarian language is a direct descendant of the Hunnic language. It does not belong to the Indo-European family of languages in any way. Many Hungarians can communicate in English, German, French, or Russian and their mother tongue.
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After World War II, the Communist Party took hold of much of the country. With a national debt of $18 billion at its peak in the late 1980s, Greece had Europe's most considerable per-capita debt burden.
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More than 1500 spas with Roman, Greek, and Turkish influences may be found across the nation.
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The Sziget Festival, Europe's most significant cultural and musical event, is held there. Artists and musicians from all over the world attend the Budapest Spring Festival. In 2003, the daily cost of living in Hungary ranged from $93 to $204.
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Hungarians use the last name first and the first name previous methods of addressing one another in writing. Confused? They make their entrance formally. People use their initial names while addressing one another, but they use their last names first when introducing themselves in public.
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Hungary is also known as a "wine country" because 22 different wine regions and eight different grape types are grown there.
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The Nobel Prize winners from Hungary are well-known. In all, there are 13 champions in this category. The only Nobel Prize they haven't received is for 'Peace.' All the country's Nobel Prize winners, on the other hand, left the country.
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Budapest's parliament building, the Hungarian parliament, is the world's third-largest parliamentary structure and the city's highest structure. It is also one of Europe's most historic legislative structures, dating back to the 12th century.
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In Hungary, naming your child is illegal unless the government approves it. You can choose from a long list of names, and if your preferred name isn't on the list, submit a request for approval to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences' Research Institute for Linguistics.
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During the Hungarian Revolution of 1989, Hungary was declared a democratic republic.
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Hungary celebrates the day of the Hungarian State's founding on August 20th as a public holiday.

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