Basic Hungarian

If you need to learn Basic Hungarian WebsiteBasic Hungarian, with common words and useful sentences you can use in everyday conversation and situations.....

Basic Hungarian

.....you might find the above website useful.


BP Transfer Ticket

If you do not want to pay for two seperate transport rides (350 HUF each ride/ticket), you can buy a Transfer Ticket (530 HUF) valid for two rides between metro trains, buses, trams and so on.

Budapest Transfer Ticket

Your first trip is valid for 100 minutes and your second trip (the transfer) is valid for 80 minutes, but your transfer must be taken within the first 100 minutes. See the BKK Transport T&Cs.


Emergency - 112

104 is the telephone number of the HU http://www.mentok.hu/home/Ambulance service. The Fire/Rescue WebsiteFire Brigade use 105 and http://www.police.hu/Police 107. These services might not speak and/or understand English though.

EU 112 Emergency ServiceEU 112 Emergency Service

The EU has provided 112 for you to dial in an emergency. It works anywhere within Europe and is free to call.


The Food

Hungarian GoulashGoulash is the world famous Hungarian dish, which is a soup and NOT a stew.

Hungarian Goulash

Fisherman's SoupFisherman's Soup is a national favorite.....

Fishermans Soup

.....but do not rule out their tasty deserts too, such as Gundel PalacsintaGundel Palacsinta - a crêpe/pancake filled with nuts and chocolate sauce.

Gundel Palacsinta

You only live once. A good enough reason to treat yourself... again!


The Drink

Hungarians make coffee using a Moka Pot (a coffee kettle that steams the coffee beans inside it).....

Moka Pot - Coffee Maker/Kettle Moka Pot - Coffee Maker/Kettle

.....but I prefer their 2 Pint Glass!

Beer Drinker

You might need a photo of last night to help you remember it!


The People

One thing you will notice about Hungarians is that they are very family orientated and devoted.

Hungarian Family

They are also very humble, easy-going, hospitable, fun people who like to socialise and drink, as seen at their wine festivals!



Introductory Info About Budapest, Szeged And Hungary

The Place - The People - The Food - The Lifestyle

Just in case you have stumbled across this website and more importantly are looking for a new destination to set up a holiday home and/or tourist accommodation, and/or just need information about the Hungarian Lifestyle, let me introduce you to Budapest (the capital of Hungary and tourist centre) and Szeged (known for its university, student life, sunshine and peacefulness).

Where Is HUNGARY?

Hungary Wiki PageHungary is located in the heart of Central Europe. It is a landlocked country (no surrounding oceans) that is bordered with Austria (West and North-West), Slovenia and Croatia (South-West), Serbia (South), Romania (South-East, East and a little of the North-East), Ukraine (North-East) and Slovakia (North).


HUNGARY - Budapest (N), Szeged (SE), Balaton (W) and Debrecen (E).

A Brief History Of Hungary

From around 1001 to 1038 AD Hungary was ruled by King Stephen Wiki PageKing Stephen I, who later became the patron saint of Hungary (Saint Stephen / Szent István). Over the centuries Hungary has had many historical battles (notably the Battle Of Mohács Wiki PageBattle Of Mohács) whereby in the 16th century it was partially ruled over by the Ottoman Empire Wiki PageOttoman Empire and later by the Habsburg Monarchy Wiki PageHabsburg Monarchy. After that came the Austrian Empire Wiki PageAustrian-Hungarian Empire that went on to form the dual Austrian Monarchy Wiki PageAustrian-Hungarian Monarchy.

In 1920 the Treaty Of Trianon Wiki PageTreaty Of Trianon peace agreement was drawn up to end World War I between the Allies and Hungary. That treaty established Hungary's current landlocked borders whereby 71% of its previous land was given to Romania, Czechoslovakia and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (formerly Yugoslavia). This meant a loss of 58% of its population and 32% of its ethnic Hungarians.

During World War II Hungary came under the influence of the Soviet Union and four decades of communist dictatorship (1947–1989). Since then Hungary has been a democratic republic, but its not called the Republic of Hungary anymore. It is simply called Hungary.

Hungary today is more like Great Britain in the 1970s - A very relaxing, quiet, peaceful, almost crimeless, noiseless, family orientated place where locals and strangers respect each other; making life 'very easy-going' and 'chilled out'.

Where Is BUDAPEST?

Budapest Wiki PageBudapest, located in north Hungary, is the capital city and largest city in Hungary. With Budapest International Airport 25 minutes away in the south and Szeged 2 Hours 40 Minutes away in the south-east, you could travel from the bottom of Hungary (Mako, near Szeged) to the top (Esztergom, near Budapest) within 3 Hours. So while Hungary is quite small, it has very accessible cities and towns throughout it. Hence another reason, as a property owner, student or worker to have a rental/rented property in Budapest.

What Is BUDAPEST LIKE?

Compared to somewhere like Szeged, in south-east Hungary, Budapest has more noise and crime; which is to be expected from any major city in the world. This means it has concentrated areas of so-called "bad neighbourhoods" (such as District VIII), usually born out of a bad reputation, stigma and/or stereotype, whereby the reality is the total opposite of those bad reputations.

The truth is: Budapest is a very nice place to live. Yes you can find scam artists, pick pockets and other criminals in certain districts, just like you can in certain boroughs of London, but the reality is you would probably get ran over by a bus before anything bad happened to you in Budapest and Hungary in general. I have lived in less attractive parts of London for years with no problems whatsoever.

You will find the city very cosmopolitan, lively and enjoyable with quiet neighbourhoods, park areas and leisure areas mixed within it. On one hand it is a cultural hub with various festivals, music events and leisure activities to participate in throughout the year while at the same time ideal for walkers, cyclist, runners and dog owners alike; making Budapest a really nice place to experience and enjoy.

As events/activities are normally hosted in Buda Castle and Park regions on a grand scale, I am sure you will enjoy yourself at the various Beer, Wine and Arts & Crafts festivals for example. Museums also have various, interest, exhibitions throughout the year; even exhibitions you might not normally be interested in.

If you are living near the Budapest Parliament Building, or anywhere within the city centre, you will find Budapest a very walkable city; but if you live outside of the city, you will need to rely on public transport. Driving around Budapest is a nightmare. One-way streets all over the place, lack of parking spaces and overall a frustrating environment. If you are in the wrong lane, which is easy to achieve, other drivers will not give you the space to change lanes. So an up-to-date Sat-Nav is a must.

Where Is SZEGED?

Szeged Wiki PageSzeged, located in south/southeast Hungary, is the fourth largest city and sunniest city in Hungary with temperatures easily reaching 30 Celsius / 86 Fahrenheit in the middle of summer. It is known as the Sunshine City because of the number of sunny hours it has per year; hence its popularity with sun-seekers.

Szeged is also described as 'Britain in the 1970s' because of its community spirit, friendliness, safe open spaces, respect for the elderly and old fashioned ways (shopping in the market, talking to strangers on the bus, helping each other, skating, conoeing, cycling and so on). Being a family orientated place, it is also a great place to bring up children, to study in and to relax in.

Monthly Temperatures

Szeged summertime can reach temperatures of 100+ Fahrenheit (37.7+ Celsius)

Szeged City is very walkable. It should only take you 30 Minutes to get from one side to the other. And even if your apartment is located just outside the city centre, it should still only take you 15-20 Minutes to walk into the city centre. It will take longer in the summer though simply because you will be 'taking it easy' as you admire the surroundings, soak up the sunny atmosphere and visit the various festivals and events.

A Brief History Of Szeged

Although Szeged is known for its Paprika Wiki PagePaprika, Pick Szeged Wiki PagePick Salami and Szeged University Wiki PageUniversity (twinned with Cambridge Szeged SocietyCambridge University, UK) it is also known as a Cultural Hub and Tourist Destination - There are enough sights, attractions, events and leisure activities to visit and take part in, as listed below and throughout this website, to make Szeged an ideal place to set up a holiday home/tourist accommodation.

Szeged sits on the river River Tisza Wiki PageTisza, which is a main river within Central Europe that flows through Ukraine, Romania, Hungary (Szeged) and Serbia. In 1879 the river flooded many parts of Szeged whereby the majority of the city had to be rebuilt due to the flood only leaving 265 or so buildings intact. These days Szeged is split into 'old Szeged' and 'new Szeged' where the buildings in 'new Szeged' are generally less than 40 years old.

What About THE PEOPLE?

I am fortunate enough to have a Hungarian girlfriend who introduced me to Szeged, Kecskemét and Budapest (and their beer festivals!), as well as the Hungarian family and language, whereby I have since got to know a little more about the Hungarian culture and an insight into the different personalities of the Hungarian people.

Upon reflection (and now two years later) I would say the Hungarians I have met so far, especially the older generation, are very humble, hospitable, intelligent, family orientated, thoughtful, generous, fun-loving people; just like other nationalities of the world.

Hungarian People

The typical Hungarian spends all day wearing a fancy costume and clogs!

As you learn more languages, meet different cultures and visit more countries you get to realise all countries and nationalities have the same types of people in them - Good, Bad, Happy, Sad, Kind, Passionate, Boring, Lazy, Hard Working, Intelligent, etc. So when meeting Hungarians for the first time just be yourself and treat them like you would your fellow countrymen; with respect.

What About THE FOOD?

Hungarian FoodHungarian Food and the staple diet are primarily made up of pasta, vegetables and meat in the form of a soup (known as Goulash, which is like a soup-stew). This is normally accompanied with bread. They also eat fish soup, fruit, pizza, cakes, chocolates and cheese based snacks and have take-aways, outdoor food bars and supermarkets. So do not worry if you miss certain foods from "back home" as the supermarkets and take-aways should have something you like.

Although Hungarians use sour cream in many dishes and in sandwiches, to the point they have been stereotyped as "Hungarians eat everything with sour cream", this really depends on the individual Hungarian. Meaning, many Hungarian families and individuals like to cook meat and pasta dishes with sour cream while others do not. Just the same as not all English people eat Fish & Chips all the time. Many English people eat Chinese, Italian and Indian food these days.

What About THE WEATHER?

Although the winter weather in Budapest, Szeged and Hungary in general, can easily go past the bitterly cold -10 Celsius, it rarely does. I have stayed in Szeged throughout a whole year, including a second winter period, whereby the average lowest temperature during those winters months was -2; but felt a lot colder. And on some late nights out I experienced -5 Celsius, which meant wearing gloves, a scarf, a hat and a heavy weatherproof coat.

Szeged Winter

The winter weather in Hungary can bite, but nothing the British cannot handle!

In our apartment the radiators did the job perfectly. The heating company and housing association made sure the boiler system within the building (basement) was constantly on. They also turned up that boiler system to produce more heat during the -1 Celsius, -2 Celsius, etc days and nights; which meant my apartment was always at room temperature and higher when/if required.

When I was renovating my apartment whereby there were no radiators fitted and no carpets fitted, just cold concrete walls, the apartment was -10 Celsius on many occasions. Hence why I recommend having radiators and carpets fitted; as well as using a 13 Tog duck feather quilt!

If you come from a cold, wet, windy place such as Nottingham (UK), like I do, the cold, wet, windy Hungarian winter weather should not pose a problem for you.

What About THE LIFESTYLE?

The officially declared monthly wage in Hungary, for 2017, is currently 127,650 HUF (£340.40) per month for an unskilled worker and 161,250 HUF (£430) for a skilled worker. The average Hungarian in Hungary will either be poor, living on a minimum wage, or be in a good job with good wages.

The poorer people do not receive Housing Benefit, Unemployment Benefit and so on like in the UK, they have to survive through relatives sending them money from abroad for example. Here is more information about the Financial/Property MarketsHungarian Lifestyle in terms of its financial/property markets. The good thing about the Hungarians is that even though they know life can be cruel, harsh and difficult they still remain humble, determined and loyal throughout it.

For those that can afford: They go swimming, cycling, play snooker, visit the museums and theatres, take walks along the riverside, eat out, drink in bars, dance in nightclubs, hang out with family/friends and enjoy the sunshine during the summer. All the 'normal things' we do in the UK. Hungary in general is split between a population of young students and the older generation, with many in the middle (25-50) working abroad to support their families.

Keep in mind that Hungary is no poorer or richer than the next country. Meaning, do not let the above realities put you off from buying a property in Hungary. Budapest, Szeged, Pécs, Balaton, Kecskemét and so on all have something to offer in terms of lifestyle, sightseeing attractions and/or leisure activities that will keep you and any potential tenants busy. Hungary is also a place to enjoy relaxation, peace and quiet. Have a good look around this website for more information.


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