Hungary has a culture like no other. Its very distinct language is not related to that of the surrounding countries, which has helped Hungarian culture to maintain a distinct flavor despite the relatively small size of the country. Its rich and diverse folk heritage can be seen at informative museums and well preserved architectural treasures, many of which have World Heritage status.
However, this is a very vibrant culture in the traditions, music and dance forms still maintained today across our nation. However, Hungary does not live in the past, and it is interesting to note the wealth of cultural, classical and contemporary attractions that are offered here.
During any visit to Hungary, rich food and drinks will certainly make an impression. While traditional goulash soup and Paprika are the most famous dishes, there are a wide range of other delicacies waiting to be discovered, using ingredients such as fresh river fish, spicy Hungarian paprika and even a unique variety of ‘onion. Modern restaurants that develop new recipes and variants of traditional dishes also appear as heavy traditional cuisine evolves constantly.
Excellent local wines accompany most meals, and in the wine-growing areas around Lake Balaton and in the northern cities of Eger and Tokaj you can count on world-class vintages.
You will undoubtedly be invited to drink a small aperitif of strong Hungarian Pálinka before meals. Hungarian cakes and desserts are exquisite and make a great accompaniment to a cup of coffee in a fancy cafe, or the perfect end to a wonderful meal to remember!
- CITIES AND REGIONS
There is so much to see in Hungary, it could fill a multitude of visits. Here are some of the best:
Budapest, the capital and the largest city by far, is living day and night with cultural attractions, views and a lively lifestyle to compete with many other major European cities.
Balaton – the largest lake in Hungary is only 100 km from Budapest, and many Budapesters have summer houses there.
Eger is known for the fighting spirit of the people in a famous seat, it is “Bull’s Blood” red wine and blessed with the nearby thermal hills Salt.
Szeged, on the banks of the Tisza River, Hungary “other great river” is responsible for some of the country’s best food products, such as spicy fish soup.
Hévíz has the only thermal lake in the regions, where people come to enjoy warm waters for fun or medicinal purposes, outdoors, as the waters never fall below 23 degrees C even in winter.
Pécs, the home of an ancient university dating from 1367, and still bearing marks of Turkish occupations, is a fascinating place to visit.
The Great Plain – The Great Plain, known as Alföld or Puszta in Hungarian is a land of flat plains used for pastoral agriculture, where time seems to stand still, and even the distinctive Hungarian gray cattle move slowly Through the timeless landscape. The natural regions EDEN are the precious part of the natural heritage of our country. Protected and preserved for future generations.
- HUNGARIAN CELEBRATES
Although Hungary is a small country, it has made a great mark on the world through strong personalities. Below is a list of the High Achievers of Hungary.
- Albert Szent-Györgyi was the first to discover the vitamin C, after extracting it from the paprika, yellow peppers from Hungary.
- Ede (Edward) Teller contributed to the development of the atomic bomb in the 1930s.
- LASZLO JOZSEF BIRO invented the ballpoint pen the most popular tool for everyday writing.
- ERNO RUBIK is the inventor of the most famous toy or puzzle in the world – the Magic Cube.
- JOZSEF GALAMB designed the world’s first affordable car, the Ford Model T.
- JANOS IRINYI was the brain behind the safety games.
- DENNIS GABOR is the most notable to invent the holography for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1971.
- JOHN GEORGE KEMENY is best known for co-developing the BASIC programming language in 1964.
- JOHN VON NEUMANN was a pioneer in the application of operator theory and quantum mechanics.
- George Soros is a well-known Hungarian businessman, philanthropist and political activist.
- Charles Simonyi is a former director of Microsoft’s application software group.
- Ferenc Liszt, composer and pianist of the nineteenth century, is one of the great canons of classical music and founded a musical academy in Budapest.
- Béla Bartók was inspired by the traditional folk music of the country’s villages for his compositions at the beginning of the 20th century.
- Zoltán Kodály was also fascinated by folk songs and collected a large number of them for posterity. He was also the inventor of a unique and radical way of teaching music to students. (The Relative Solfege method is the hand-to-note-for-note system you saw in the movie “Encounters of the Third Kind”),
- George Szell was the music director of the Cleveland Orchestra.
- Márta Sebestyén is one of the many contemporary musicians who have left their imprint on the cultural landscape (she was the popular singer who performed a memorable melody on the soundtrack of The English Patient).