Budapest

Budapest

Hungary has over 1000 years of history, one of the oldest country in EU*

  • Bw 895 - 902 the whole area of the Carpathian Basin was conquered by the Hungarians
  • Stephen (first king) was crowned in 01.jan.1000 in the capital city of Esztergom. He started and completed Christianization.
  • Saved Western EU twice:
  • Bw 1241–1242 Mongol attach
  • Bw 1442-1718 Osman /Turks attach
  • 1967-1918 Austro-Hungarian monarchy
  • 1920 - lost 1/3 of territory
  • 1948-1989 Socialism
  • 1990 Republic of Hungary
  • Joined European Union: 2004

Good to know – facts & attractions**

  • Population of Hungary: 10 millions
  • Population of Budapest: 1,8 millions
  • Currency HUF, 1 € = 311 HUF
  • Personal Income Tax rate 33,5%
  • VAT rate 27%
  • Hungarian language known worldwide as one of the most difficult to learn
  • Latin alphabet expanded to 40 letters, to allow for 14 vowels and several combined consonants
  • Thermal baths: more than 1000
  • Nobel prizes: Hungarians have won every type except the peace prize, and the Pulitzer (the arts was actually named after a Hungarian expatriate, Joseh Pulitzer)

Sightseeing

  • Parlament
  • Basilica
  • Castle
  • Chain Bridge
  • Gellért hill
  • Gellért bath
  • National Museum

Cost of living

  • 0,5 kg bread: 190 HUF ~0,6 €
  • 1,5 l water: 110 HUF ~0,35 €
  • milk: 220 HUF ~0,7 €
  • beer: 400 HUF ~1,25 €

Public transportation (BKK)

  • Operates 7/24
  • 4 metro lines +Bus,Tram,Troli
  • Monthly fee: 9500 HUF ~30€