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The capital of Hungary is, by far, the great cultural center of the country. Filled with beauty, tradition, mysticism. Reserve a flight to Budapest and...

See the two sides of this coin
Buda is ideal to walk around by foot. There’s the Royal Castle (World Heritage Site), the Mathias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion with its seven towers. In Pest, the Heroes Square is the center, but the grandiosity of the Parliament and the Basilica of St. Stephen steal all attentions.

After a cruise on the Danube...
Check the viewpoint of St. Gerard and the typical caffes of Vorosmarty Square. Or one of the many museums and theaters, which are situated in palaces. The strong tradition in classical music is translated in the gorgeous House of Opera; and when in Budapest, the thermal baths are a must do.

Culture and Business

On a business trip, knowing the culture and customs of the country you are visiting can have a big impact on the success of your business.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.

Climate

Summers are hot and dry and winters are cold in Hungary. Temperatures in the summer are usually around 20ºC to 25ºC and 0ºC in winter, which can sometimes be considerably lower.

Time zone

GMT + 1

Geography and Politics

Hungary is a central European country, situated between Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Ukraine. Hungary is a member of the European Union. It functions as a democratic parliamentary representative republic. The prime minister is the head of government of a pluriform multi-party system, while the president is the head of state and holds a largely ceremonial position.

Tips and Payment

The Hungarian Florin (HUF) is the currency of Hungary.  It is good practice to tip around 10%.

Language and expressions to memorize

98% of the population speaks Hungarian. Here are some useful words: "Kérem" = please; "Köszönöm szépen" = thank you very much; "Bocsánat!" = sorry.

What to do

Be on time. Punctuality is seen as extremely important. The social part of life is very important, so be prepared to be invited to dinners and cultural events.

What not to do

Do not be vague, Hungarians like straight-talking people who say what they think and who look into their eyes. If offering flowers, always choose an odd number, but not 13, which is considered bad luck. Do not offer lilies, chrysanthemums or red roses.

What to wear

Opt for a conservative and formal look for business meetings. Suit and tie, or the female equivalent will always be the most appropriate option.

First contact

When meeting someone for the first time, greet him or her with a handshake. It is considered normal to exchange two kisses on the face among friends. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers to show your appreciation. A bottle of wine may not be the best option as Hungarians are extremely proud of the wines they produce.