Hungary Basic Information
Regions of Hungary include Budapest and surrounds, Balaton, Northern Hungary, Transdanubia and Puszta and Lake Tisza. A Hungary Card will get you discounts on transport, tourist attractions, accommodation and food services across the country.
Part of the Schengen Convention, Australian passport holders going to Hungary on holiday for less than a total of 90 days within a 180-day period do not need a visa to enter the country. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. This information is a guideline only. Contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Hungary for the latest information.
Hungary uses the Hungarian Forint as currency. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Hungarian Forint changes constantly so keep an eye on it and buy Forints when the rate is at its best. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.
Traditional Hungarian or Magyar cuisine is characterised by meat dishes seasoned with sweet or hot paprika, such as goulash (a gravy stew) and fatanyeros (a barbecue meat plate). Goose liver pate and Tokaji wine also feature in traditional Hungarian cuisine as do breads and turo (cottage) and cream cheeses. There are also delicious stuffed crepes and fish soups, which vary greatly from region to region.
You can’t go past the nightlife in Budapest, where party streets like Kazinczy utca in the Budapest VII district could make the hippest of hipsters crack a wee smile with its smorgasbord of open-air bars, underground lairs, thermal spa clubs and kitsch after-hour ruin pubs known as romkocsma. If you fancy an all-night party by the water try Lake Balaton, it’s something out of town and a little special.
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