Tourist Travel Information about Hungary
Hungary (Magyarország) is a country in Central Europe bordered by Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, and the Ukraine. Hungary is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy). Lake Balaton is known as the “Hungarian Sea.” It is 48 miles (77 km) long, 2 to 9 miles (3 to 14 km) wide, and covers an area of 232 square miles (601 sq km). Hungary’s capital Budapest, is the home of Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe and second largest in the world, after one in New York City. It can seat up to 3,000 people.
Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in A.D. 896, before France, Germany, or England. Hungary is well known for its rich cultural history, and for its significant contribution to the arts, music, literature, sports, science, and technology.
Hungary is the 11th most popular country as a tourist destination in Europe, attracting over 15 million tourists every year. It is home to the largest thermal water cave system and the second largest thermal lake in the world, the largest lake in Central Europe and the largest natural grasslands in Europe. It is it is the world’s 35th largest exporter and 34th largest importer of goods. Hungary is an OECD high-income economy with a very high standard of living.