The one minute summary on Hungary

This is it: one minute to the best info on Hungary. This info alone will put you ahead of 99% of foreigners visiting Hungary, garner the admiration of the locals who will instantly want to be your friends, and the envy of your fellow travelers. Read on. You’ll make friends faster that way, become a traveler instead of simply being a tourist, and also enjoy your travels a lot more.

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Hungary became a Christian kingdom in A.D. 1000 and for many centuries served as a bulwark against Ottoman Turkish expansion in Europe. The kingdom eventually became part of the polyglot Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed during World War I. The country fell under communist rule following World War II. In 1956, a revolt and an announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with a massive military intervention by Moscow. Under the leadership of Janos KADAR in 1968, Hungary began liberalizing its economy, introducing so-called “Goulash Communism.” Hungary held its first multiparty elections in 1990 and initiated a free market economy. It joined NATO in 1999 and the EU five years later. In 2011, Hungary assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the EU for the first time.

That was it. I promised one minute.

For other condensed info check also my other posts on local culture (don’t make the mistakes I made), local food or local drinks. And when you call your friends to tell them you were by far the most knowledgeable at the party, do that with confidence that you’ll not get hit with a 6.99 per minute bill. You’ll also pick the local food from the tray, and order a local drink with confidence.

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Now, cheers to the most Hungary aware person at the cocktail party.

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Best places to see in Hungary

Hungary has several World Heritage sites. These are: Buda Castle by night Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue Old Village of Hollók? and its Surroundings Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment Hortobágy National Park – the Puszta Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae) Fert?/Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape Other major tourist destination is Lake Balaton, with winehills, thermal spa in Hévíz around. There are also some amazing things to see. Tiszavirágzás. In mid-June the Tisza produces swarms of mayflies which are likened to flowers. Once decimated by pollution, the population is rebounding. (They’re famous for living only for 1-2 days.)