Hungary has been a republic since 1989 and member of the European Union since May 1, 2004. Its capital city became Budapest when the three towns on the two sides of the river Danube were joined. The Buda side of the city hosts the Castle hill offering a grand panorama of the city, while the beautiful Parliament and other administrative buildings are located on the Pest side of the Danube.
The population of Hungary is around 10 million in number. Besides the Magyars, a considerable part of the nation is made up of Roma, Slovak, German and Jewish minorities all contributing to the vivid, thus easily adoptable culture of this country. Hungarians are considered hospitable and helpful, especially if help is asked for from those who speak a foreign language, in this case, the younger generation.
Teenagers, people in their twenties and thirties most probably speak some English or German while those speaking Spanish, Italian or French are less in number. Russian and German speaking people are more commonly found amongst the senior citizens.
FOOD & DRINK
Our wines, the Tokaji and the Egri Bikavér (Bull’s Blood of Eger) just to name two, have acquired great reputation all over the globe, while the Unicum and the Vilmoskörte are considered real Hungarian treasures when it comes to drinking pálinka (traditional Hungarian spirit distilled from various fruits).
DO'S AND DONT'S WITH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND SMOKING
Alcohol and tobacco are sold only to people 18 years of age or over.
Hungarians don’t clink their glasses with beer due to historical reasons.
The language Hungarian is deﬁnitely not one of the easiest languages to learn,
nevertheless, it is very expressive and vivid.
Good morning – Jó reggelt (4,5,6am – 10am)
Good day – Jó napot (10am – sunset)
Good evening – Jó estét (after dark)
Good night – Jó éjszakát (just as in English)
Please – Kérem
Thank you – Köszönöm
Good bye – Viszontlátásra (actually “see you next time”)
Bless you - Egészségedre
THE GAY SCENE AND LIFE
FUN, SPORTS AND BATHS