Hungary is a European country of less than 10 million people. The country’s capital, Budapest is a modern city with amazing architecture and a thriving economy. Transportation is cheap and comfortable and it is a fun place for tourists. If you are thinking of visiting Budapest, here are a couple of things to know:
Euro is not the official currency
So you might want to ditch your Euros or be prepared to receive your change in the local currency. Once you arrive the country, be sure to change your currencies to Forints which is the national currency. You can also visit ATMs in the city to get some local currency.
Goulash is actually Gulyás
Goulash is actually spelt Gulyás. Contrary to popular opinion, the delicacy Gulyás is actually a soup in Hungary and not stews as served in many western restaurants
Swimwear is a necessity
In Hungary, you will find hundreds of baths and hot springs littered all over the country. The country has the world’s largest thermal lake located in Heviz and also boasts the largest lake in Central Europe called Lake Balaon. In Budapest, you will find over 100 natural springs and counting. Széchenyi Thermal bath is the largest in Budapest and sees a lot of people hoping for a relaxing time. So if you are visiting Budapest, be sure to partake in a relaxing bath in one of the natural springs.
Do not clink your beer glass
This is frowned upon in Hungary. According to the country’s history, Hungary lost the 1848-49 Revolution and War of Independence to the Austrians who celebrated by drinking beer and clinking their beer glasses in Vienna. Since then, Hungarians vowed never to clink their beer glasses for the next 150 years. You can clink your wine glasses and others but you might get a frown of disapproval if you clink beer glasses. This vow expired in 1999 but the tradition still persists all over the country.
Budapest is pronounced Boo-da-pesht
You can decide to learn the correct pronunciation if you are visiting Budapest or wait till you hear the locals say it.
Public transportation is cheap
Travel around Budapest using the well developed and preserved forms of public transportation that include buses, trains, trams and a Metro system. The M1 is the second oldest in the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site operating since 1894. You can opt for a single ticket or a pack to pay for transportation. Whichever option you choose, the price is still really cheap. You can opt for a chairlift across the city or try the cable rail way for amazing views of the city.
Armed with these few tips, you are sure to have the best time while visiting Budapest. Safe travels.