Living in Hungary

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Hungary, a land-locked country in Central Europe, is one of the oldest European nations. Once part of the Celtic world, then the Romans and ultimately the Huns who gave their name to Hungary. This is the land that produced ballpoint pen, the Rubik’s cube, and 13 Nobel Laureates.  So wondering how it feels like living in Hungary, then hope this article will help. As through this article we will give you an insight into how it is living in Hungary. So without any further delays, let’s begin.

The Rubik’s Cube

The scenic Danube River runs from north to south of the entire country. Hungary is also famed for myriad things including Herend Porcelain, mysterious caves, magnificent churches, offbeat towns, beautiful freshwater lakes, Tokaj vineyards, and refined food.

            Capital: Budapest Currency: Forint – HUF Population: 9,725,000 Number of Universities: 67

Did you know that there are more than a thousand natural hot springs in the country? 

Budapest alone has 118 hot springs. Hungary has one of the most famed thermal spring cultures in Europe. The country has about 1,500 spas, usually built on the lines of Roman, Greek, and Turkish architecture.

People enjoying natural hot spring

Study Cities

Although it is one of the small European countries, it has a long tradition of higher education. Some of the science fields that higher education in Hungary is known for are medicine and dentistry. In addition, Hungarian Universities have seen a sharp rise in the number of international students in recent times. Most students come from European countries (64%), Asia (23%) and even from Africa (7%). And from some more countries like Germany, Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, and China.

A night-view of Budapest at Danube river

Famous study cities include – 

  • Budapest – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Debrecen – Second Largest City of Hungary
  • Szeged – City of Sunshine & Cultural Hub of Hungary

Through this blog, you get to know what the Lifestyle – Culture, Food, Language, and Security of Hungary has in store for you.

CULTURE of Hungary

More than half of the Hungarian people are Roman Catholic, about 11% are Calvinist. The rest of the population is either Lutheran, Jewish, or Greek Orthodox. Hungarians are proud sports lovers with one of the highest number of Olympic medals in sports such as fencing, gymnastics, swimming, kayaking and water polo.

Hungarian weather is pleasant with cold winters and warm summers.

Living in Hungary
A resort in Eger District

Given its rich culture and history, Hungary offers many things from attractive architectural and cultural delights of its capital city, Budapest, to the famous vineyards, rolling hills, and historic castles. Here is a list of must-do things while you are taking your time off from studies in Hungary.

Living in Hungary
Palace Chapel in Buda Castle

Recreational activities in Hungary

  • Firstly, see the Magnificent Heritage Sites- 
    • Buda Castle or Royal Palace
    • Andrassy Avenue
  • Secondly, visit the Scenic towns of – 
    • Szentendre or St. Andrews
    • Eger
    • Tihany
  • Also, check out the Aggtelek’s Baradla Cave
  • Further, see the Famous Lakes – 
    • Balaton
    • Heviz
    • Fancsika
  • Moreover, Visit Beautiful Cathedrals/Church of –
    • Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Apostle
    • Belgrade Cathedral
    • Esztergom Basilica
  • The National Parks are also worth a visit –  
    • Bukk National Park
    • Horotbagyi National Park
  • In addition, you can give Museums a try – 
    • Hungarian Open Air Museum
    • Christian Museum
  • Even enjoy a performance at Budapest Opera House 
  • Finally, participate in the Cultural Events –
    • Sziget Festival – One of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe is held every August in Óbudai-sziget island on the Danube
    • Budapest Spring Festival – Country’s oldest festival, held in March, attracts artists and musicians from around the world.
Musical Festivals in Hungary
Musical Festival

LANGUAGE in Hungary

Hungarian(Magyar) is the official language in Hungary, with 99.6% of the people speaking it. In fact, other languages spoken commonly are English and German. Besides that, minority languages in the country include Russian, Romanian, and French. Above all, the literacy of the total population is 99%.

Moreover, the majority of the post-graduation courses at universities are entirely English-based. But learning the local language is an added plus to your experience with the locals and also to your job prospects. 

FOOD & DRINK

Gulyas, popularly known as goulash, is a signature national dish of Hungary. One element that a kitchen in Hungary cannot certainly miss to have is Paprika – a red spicy powder.

Some famous Hungarian food include – 

  • Gulyásleves
  • Chicken Paprikash
  • Hungarian Lesco
  • Solet
  • Langos
  • Dobos torta
Dobos torta or Dobosh

Hungary is famous for its wines and especially its dessert wine known as ‘Tokaji’ – the king of wines. Palinka is another famous alcoholic drink of the Hungarians.

Cultural Practice – When visiting a Hungarian house, gifting chocolates and flowers are ordinary instead of wine.

SECURITY

Hungary is a very safe country, but some parts of Hungarian cities are best avoided. While tourist places attract pickpockets, instances of bag-snatching are particularly high on public transport. So it is advised not to carry much cash or valuables while traveling and being alert to fishy activities.

To Conclude

The life of a student in Hungary is an enriching as well as a truly unique experience!! The relatively low living costs and the state’s high expense on education make it a popular study destination. 

I hope you will make a well-informed choice of studying in this vibrant country! Good Luck!

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