Hungarian establishments have a net difference in prices between low and high season, the high season starts mid-June to end in early November. The prices of the rooms increase by 30% on average. There are three other short periods of "peak" that affect mainly Budapest: the grand prix of F 1 in the suburbs of Budapest (in July or August) - prices double - the Sziget festival in August (in Budapest) and finally Christmas and especially the New Year. Some establishments in Budapest perform mid-season prices just before the start of the high season. From 31 October to 31 March, several hotels offer the 4 th night free (Budapest winter invitation). Budapest Tourist Office also launched its Budapest summer adventures in 2009 (discounted prices in some hotels).
Budapest, the pearlBudapest is one of the most beautiful river towns in Europe. A former co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it has preserved this epoch of beautiful remains. Its human size and its well-structured public transport make it easy and pleasant to travel.A culinary tradition and original wine-growingA true culinary crossroads, Hungarian cuisine is rich in oriental and western influences. It has an extraordinary palette of dishes and spices that give it a unique taste. Hungary can also be proud of its twenty-two wine-growing regions!A sea of thermal watersOf the 1 300 sources discovered so far, about are in Budapest. More than 70 municipalities have built their economic activity on the baths, medicinal beaches or thermal baths. But beyond its purely curative aspect, thermal activity is an art of living and daily pleasure.As part of a custom trip organised by a local agency, you can discover the most beautiful thermal baths in Hungary and live a true immersion in Hungarian culture.An exceptional heritageA dozen sites classified by UNESCO, a thousand castles as well as an impressive number of buildings of worship (of various denominations) make Hungary a cultural destination of a wealth that is suspected.An affordable destinationIn Hungary, the West European scholarships can be fun without ruin. The capital is served by many regular and low-cost flights from Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Mulhouse (and even Lyon via Brit Air): the change to 2 hours of plane.Hungary remains an inexpensive destination. The prices of the tickets and services are relatively moderate (museum, shows, concerts, baths...), paying attention to the bill in high-class restaurants. All of these services remain expensive for most of the population (S.M.I.C. local in the order of 280 ? , average salary of about 450 ). Everything is a bit more expensive in Budapest (restaurants, accommodation, outings).FormalitésHungary has been part of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and the Schengen area since January 2008. An identity card or valid passport is sufficient for EU nationals to travel (stay less than three months).
In Hungary, we speak... Hungarian! It is a difficult language that is not connected to any other in Central Europe. Hungarians aged and over often speak German and sometimes a bit Russian, more rarely English. The younger generation speaks English rather well. As for French, it is not very widespread, but you might have some good surprises! In Budapest and in its region, you will have no difficulty making you understand, it is much more delicate in the province.In Budapest there are several language schools to learn Hungarian. This is also possible at summer school in Budapest, Debrecen, Pécs or Szeged.
The huf, symbolized by Ft (national abbreviation) or HUF (ISO code). Exhibits 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100, 200 Ft. Tickets for 500, 1 000, 2 000, 5 000, 10 000 and 20 000 Ft (200 ticket suspended at the end of 2009).If the adoption of the single European currency is to take a few more years, a number of institutions already accept euros (not always interesting exchange rates).
Hungary enjoys a temperate continental climate. Winter rather rigorous, often snowy, hot, even very hot, sometimes stormy. Sunny and sunny mid-season (with more or less rain).
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