The area of Hungary is 93,000 km2. Hungarian folk songs bear no resemblance to those of other nations. The origin of the Hungarian language is one of the mysteries that are associated with the history of the Hungarians. Yet, the Hungarian people have been living in the centre of Europe for over 1,100 years.
Some interesting facts about Hungary:
Despite frequent tragic upheavals which spared nothing and nobody, the country boasts a heritage that attracts people from far and wide. Citing the city's unparalleled panorama, UNESCO declared Budapest, Hungary's capital, "the Pearl of the Danube", a World Heritage site.
After Iceland, Hungary has the world's largest reserve of surface thermal water: hundreds of springs help thousands in recovering.
Lake Balaton, Central Europe's largest freshwater lake, is a favourite get-away for families with young children, fans of yachting and lovers of the beach.
2000-year-old Roman ruins and 400-year-old Turkish monuments can be found side-by-side, not to mention beautiful churches from the Romanesque period in Ják and Pannonhalma, or one-time stately castles in Eger, Sümeg, and Siklós.
The rich Hungarian folk art and the horse shows which introduce the lifestyle and traditions of the
puszta (Great Hungarian Plain) attract tens of thousands.
Liszt, Bartók, Kodály, just to name a few of the world-known Hungarian musicians. - With its lively musical life and internationally renowned performers, Hungary ranks high among the countries, some of them many times its size. Home to just about ten million people, it is often called a "great power" in music. Despite the tragic turns in its history, its musicians have always managed to manifest their talent and link their homeland to European musical life.
Hungary is a small country with respect to its population. However, it is a major one with respect to the recognition it has earned in the scientific community. Over the course of the 20th century no less than twelve Nobel Laureates - seven of them sons of Budapest - trace their roots back to Hungary.
Hungaricums: Herend Porcelain Manufactory, Pick Szeged Co., Tokaj Trading House and Zwack Unicum, the Halas Lace Foundation of Kiskunhalas - The names of these illustrious representatives of Hungarian traditional dining are inextricably linked to the superlative products they manufacture: porcelain, salami, Aszu wine, Unicum digestive liqueur and sewn lace. These are stylish "calling cards" for Hungary.
And there's something else that keeps bringing visitors back to Hungary - the legendary Hungarian hospitality.