After WW2 in 1949, Hungary was declared a people’s republic and was ruled by communism. The iron curtain fell in 1989 but when you tour Budapest, you will see that there are reminders of the Communist regime scattered throughout the city today. This Hungary travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Hungary Travel Guide: Fast Facts
- Hungarian power voltage is 230 V 50Hz; Plug C & F
- Hungarian currency is the Hungarian forint and is around 280 HUF to 1 USD.
- The signature national dish is gulyás, which you probably know as goulash. Make sure to try a bowl or attend the annual goulash festival held in September in Szolnok.
- Sip on some tokaji or tokay wine from the Tokaj wine region. In fact, tokaji is so good that Louis XIV of France called it the “Wine of Kings the King of Wine.”
- Although Hungary is a Schengen member state, you will need to have a return ticket or proof of funds to purchase a visa when you enter the country.
Top Packing Tips for Hungary Travel
Hungary has four very distinct seasons, a very warm summer from June to August, a very cold winter and spring and a mild autumn. Rain falls during the whole year with snowfalls in winter.
- Swimsuit – Hungary has more than 1,000 natural springs in the country and the largest thermal lake at Hévíz. There are around 118 natural springs in Budapest alone so make sure to bring along a swimsuit and towel.
- Classic Basic items – You do not need to be a fashionista to blend in. The key is in embracing neutral toned items that can be mixed and matched easily. Avoid logos, baseball caps, shorts, hoodies, flip-flops and running shoes as these items scream tourist!
- Leave your heels at home – Cobblestone streets are common in many cities and towns across Hungary. Heels and cobblestone do not mix so opt for flats, boots and/or sandals.
- Footwear – Pack a pair of lightweight, durable and comfortable shoes. Known for its outside activities, including breathtaking hiking trails in the countryside, travellers eager to hike should also pack a pair of hiking boots or trainers.
Check out our Packing List for more ideas on what to bring with you.