Eastern Europe destinations have been growing at around 25-30% year on year according to the travel estimates of the Indian travel industry. Hungary is no exception and nearly
|Location / Language
Hungary is a country in Central Europe. Spanning an area of 93,030 sq kms in the Carpathian Basin, it borders Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Austria to the northwest, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, and Slovenia to the west. With about 10 million inhabitants, Hungary is a medium-sized member state of the European Union. Hungary's capital and largest city is Budapest; other major urban areas include Debrecen, Szeged, Miskolc, Pécs and Győr..
The official language is Hungarian, which is the most widely spoken Uralic language in the world, and among the few non-Indo-European languages to be widely spoken in Europe.
|Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures/ exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)
As India is not part of the Schengen Area, if one is an Indian passport holder you will need to apply for the appropriate type of Schengen Hungarian Visa for travelling to the country. To be eligible for a Schengen Visa for Hungary one will mainly need their current passport, along with certain documents, to be submitted with the Visa application form.
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Conversion: Rs.1 INR = 0.013 EUR
1 EUR = Rs. 78.04 INR
|Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Hungary
- Buda Castle, Budapest – This spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site with its majestic proportions and wonderful design is built on the site of a palace destroyed during the Siege of 1686 and includes more than 200 rooms. Its lovely 61-meter-high central dome faces the Danube, and the other buildings on Castle Hill. Parts of the original medieval building have been reconstructed, including the Buzogány Tower and the impressive 15th-century South Tower.
- River Danube – The beautiful river flows through Hungary from north to south, and as it passes through Budapest, it splits the city in two. One of the best sunset views and of both Buda and Pest is from the Freedom Bridge, and the Danube Bend, one of the country's most popular recreational and excursion spots.
- Historic Spa Towns - There are many historic spa towns and facilities throughout the country offering everything from simple bathing in regenerative waters to longer stays in lovely spa resorts. Hungary's reputation for its hot springs and baths dates back more than 2,000 years to the Romans, who highly valued the healing effects of Hungarian thermal waters.
- Tihany - On Lake Balaton, this tiny peninsula covering just eight square kms is a designated nature reserve with the southwestern section is closed to traffic and is wonderful to explore on foot along the well-marked trail network. A must-visit landmark is Benedictine Abbey, where almond trees are in bloom, and in June, when the fragrance of lavender fills the air.
- Cathedral of St Peter - In the Old Town of Pecs lies the Cathedral of St. Peter, which shows influences from many different cultures. Inside, many unique religious artefacts from throughout Hungarian history have been collected and are on display, as are a number of graves from the Early Christian cemetery.
- Visegrád Royal Palace - The first Royal Palace was built under Charles I in 1316, and was extended a hundred years later with many Italian flourishes, gaining it a reputation as one of the finest palaces in all of Europe. While now largely ruins - the legendary palace was only rediscovered in the 1930s - the palace impresses with its dimensions.
- The Buda Hills – They rise to heights of more than 518 meters and are crisscrossed by an extensive network of trails, perfect for walking or biking. Numerous bike rentals can be found throughout the city, or one can take the tram to the terminus of the Cog Railway that climbs to the lovely residential neighborhood Széchenyi-hegy. Don’t miss the Children's Railway or ride the Budapest Chairlift down.
- Aggtelek National Park and Caves - One of the largest stalactite caves anywhere in Europe and the largest in Hungary, Baradla Cave is protected by Aggtelek National Park, on the Slovak-Hungarian border. The park covers almost 200 sq kms, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dripping mineral-rich water has formed giant stalactites and stalagmites in fantastic shapes and bizarre colors. Three other caves have recently been opened to visitors: the Imre Vass Cave, the Béke Cave, and the Rákóczi Cave.
- Hortobagy National Park - Established as Hungary’s first national park in 1973, it’s the country’s largest protected area and Europe’s largest semi-natural grassland, with the alkaline steppe dating back 10,000 years. Animals, including wild horses, lived on the steppe during the Ice Age. Horses, as well as cattle, oxen and water buffalo, still graze on the land. It’s a good place to go bird watching, since 342 species live in the park.
- Lake Balaton - Europe’s largest freshwater lake, it’s sometimes referred to as the “Hungarian Sea,” a delightful misnomer since the country is landlocked. Grass covers many of the beaches, though some resorts have created artificial sandy beaches. Siofok is the lake’s party capital, while ferries at Fonyod take passengers to Badacsony, a major wine-growing region.
|Things You Must Do in Hungary
- The Danube Cruise – This is a fantastic way to see many of the best sites from a different perspective, whether one chooses to take a stunning night cruise through Budapest, or whether you choose a longer all-day cruise around the Danube Bend (taking in Visegrad, Estergom and Szentendre), one marvels at what can be seen from your boat.
- Participate in The Busójárás Festival – This takes place in the six days leading up to Ash Wednesday. The townsfolk dress up in traditional masks with demonic faces, and then parade through the town. As well as a wide array of unusual masks, one will also be able to enjoy traditional folk music and local delicacies.
- Get Moving on the Danube Cycle Path - This a popular way for to see the river as it winds through the hills between Budapest and Vienna. Along with constantly-changing river scenery, one will pass elegant Esztergom, the Roman fort of Kelemantia, and traditional Hungarian villages like Szigetmonostor.
- Wine Tasting at Eger Wine Region - In the region one will find a large number of vineyards and wine cellars where one can sample the local wares. In a bid to boost tourism, many cellars put on special wine tasting nights where visitors can enjoy traditional foods and dancing, as well as trips into the cask cellars.
- Walk through Memento Park, Budapest - This fascinating museum park in the outskirts of Budapest is dedicated to the numerous Communist monuments and statues which used to stand around the city. Many of these statues were brought down by the general public after the Communist Regime fell in 1989, or were removed and put in storage, as nobody knew what to do with them. The park was opened in 1993, as a way to showcase these statues as an important part of the history of the country. As well as the statues, there is a small museum, which includes information about life under the communist regime.
|Food on the Plate
Hungarian or Magyar cuisine is the cuisine characteristic of the nation of Hungary and its primary ethnic group, the Magyars. Traditional Hungarian dishes are primarily based on meats, seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, dairy products and cheeses..
Some of the Hungarian dishes one must try include:
- Hungarian Fisherman’s Soup - It is similar to fish paprikash, but with more water. This delicious spicy soup is usually made from carp caught in the river Danube. The recipe relies on the traditional paprika powder, which gives the soup’s bright red colour.
- Goulash – This is a rich stew made of meat and vegetables, and with lots of paprika. Traditionally, it is made from beef, but you can also find goulash made from pork or chicken.
- Chicken Paprikash – This dish has everything that characterises Hungarian cuisine: paprika, pepper, onion, garlic, green, pepper, tomato, meat and sour cream. This dish has a creamy sauce which the chicken meat is simmered in for over an hour. Traditionally, it is served with egg dumplings called nokedli.
- Sólet - is a vegetable stew made from kidney beans, onions, barley and paprika. It is traditionally a Hungarian-Jewish dish. Sólet is usually served with different veggies as garnish. It can also be made using meats.
- Sponge Cake - It is a trifle made with three different flavoured sponge cakes, cream, raisins as well as walnuts and chocolate sauce.
|Travel Insurance India for Hungary
||Since Hungary is a country which is part of the Schengen countries in Europe, the traveller needs to purchase best travel medical insurance for Hungary.
Indian Travel health insurance for Hungarian visa is relatively cheaper when compared to destinations in Americas, and most insurance companies offer a specific Schengen Insurance Plan. One must ensure that the minimum Accident & Sickness (A&S) sum insured for a Schengen plan must be €30,000 (around $50,000), and a visa to visit any Schengen country will not be provided without this minimum coverage.
The insured must purchase an “Excluding Americas” Plan, if they are travelling to other destinations that don’t include only Schengen countries.
Illustration for 15 days Schengen visa travel insurance for Indians to Hungary.
These premiums are across different plans and different benefits.. please log in to www.eindiainsurance.com to compare and buy the most appropriate travel health insurance Indian travellers to Hungary.
|Sum Insured($USD or €Euro) / Premium in ₹ INR
||Insured Age 34
||Insured Age 64
|Schengen - €30,000
|Schengen - €50,000
|Excluding - $50,000