Folk art, fairytale castles and hot springs in this central European gem

A place that wears its history proudly on its sleeve, Hungary is a land of stirring folk music, vibrant art, and a myriad of architectural styles. Discover thermal baths and fairy-tale castles by day – and a lively café and bar culture by night. 

Practical Information

Capital city

Forint (HUF) (in 500Ft, 1000Ft, 2000Ft, 5000Ft, 10,000Ft and 20,000Ft notes).

While classics like goulash (gulyás) and the cinnamon-dusted ‘chimney cake’ (kürtoskalács) still hold sway, Hungary is becoming increasingly well known for its excellent wines. Sip full-bodied reds from the Eger region, and finish dinner with a sweet glass of Tokaji.

Tipping etiquette
A 10% tip is expected in restaurants in Hungary, and many locals also tip bartenders and taxi drivers. 

Saying hello
Greet people in an informal way by saying ‘szia’ (see-yah).

Top Tip from SLH

Sip a craft beer in one of Budapest’s hip ‘ruin bars’ – quirky drinking spots often found in the city’s most dilapidated buildings.