Welcome to Hungary, a land of vibrant culture, robust cuisine and stately turn-of-the-century architecture. As you make your move to Hungary, you can trust that you are in good company. Because of its attractions, Hungary has seen more and more expatriates flocking its way in recent years. Backpackers congregate at music festivals, art-lovers make pilgrimages to museums and churches, and business people take advantage of the economic growth resulting from Hungary’s transition to a free market economy. And, of course, everyone admires the sights and sounds of the country’s capital city, Budapest.The city of Budapest, the Hungarian capital, sits on the banks of the broad Danube River.
Although many people still refer to Hungary as being a part of Eastern Europe, a quick look at the map shows that Hungary is actually centrally situated; with easy access by plane, train, or automobile to much of the rest of Europe.
Budapest’s idyllic setting on the Danube makes it one of the most beautiful European capitals.
Day or night, the view of the city from the Margaret Bridge is a sight that visitors to Budapest won’t soon forget.
The east bank, Pest-side, offers European city living at its best, with cafes, shops, museums, parks, and green squares all at easily accessible.
Architecturally, the buildings of Pest are famous for their beauty and diversity. Of particular note are some stunning examples of Art Nouveau and Secessionist architecture.
Two of the most famous landmarks on the Pest-side are the massive, neo-gothic Parliament building and the magnificent St Istvan Basilica.
The Buda-side of the city is hilly and green. The Hungarian government has protected large sections of Buda from development and as a result there are ample opportunities for hiking and biking all within 20 minutes drive from the city center.
Also on the Buda-side is the historic Castle District, the oldest part of the city. The castle district offers some of the best views of the city and is a popular tourist destination. Buda-side landmarks include the Royal Palace, Matyas Templom and the Fisherman’s Bastion.
In the heart of the city is Margaret Island. The island park features two hotels, two swimming facilities, an athletic complex, a petting zoo, an outdoor amphitheater, ruins of a monastery and plenty of quiet green spaces for playing or relaxing. A 5 Kilometer rubberized running path surrounds the island, making it a popular destination for runners.
Over the centuries, Hungary has been occupied by the Romans, Turks, Austrians and Russians. Through it all, the Hungarian people have successfully preserved a strong cultural identity. In fact, Hungary is a land steeped in tradition and culture.
The unique Hungarian cuisine is famous for peppery dishes such as chicken paprikas and goulash. Hungary also has a proud tradition of wine making. Before WWI, Hungary was Europe’s third leading wine producer, behind France and Italy.
Following decades of neglect during communism, Hungarian wine culture is making a strong comeback. Hungarian folk crafts, dance, and music can be found on display at the dozens of festivals spread all throughout the year.
Hungarians are also great lovers of classical music and opera. Performances can be found nightly, year round at venues ranging from the classic to the modern.
Unique among European nations, Hungary sits on a large network of natural, mineral springs. The waters can be enjoyed in spas and baths across the country.
Budapest, where 81 million liters of mineral water bubble up from the ground on a daily basis, features a large selection of spas and bathing facilities—the most famous of which are Szechenyi on the Pest-side, and Gellert in Buda.
The team of consultants here at Move One looks forward to the opportunity to introduce you to Budapest and sharing all that this wonderful city has to offer.
Xpatloop provides up to date information regarding events, culture, and general expatriate life in Hungary.
Funzine is a online and printed city guide geared towards expats. Restaurants, fashion, leisure, design and culture are some of the many aspects in this constantly updated site.
Need any information on what to do, where to eat, and where to go out on your expat adventure in Budapest? In Your Pocket guides are great resources to get you started in your new home.
While Hungarians have yet to really understand the use of craiglist in Budapest, it is still a great website for anything from housing to jobs. Also an easy jumping off point to the craigslist hubs in hundreds of other cities throughout the world.
A comprehensive guide to night life, restaurants and shopping in Budapest.
Whether it be relocations, immigration, moving or pet transportation, Move One’s InMotion blog is a savvy source of info for expats on the move.
The Budapest Times is the leading English-language newspaper in Hungary.
‘The Hungarian Portal’ as it is named contains up-to-date news of the Hungarian nation. Links to many important sites based in Hungary. Also, a good resource for classifieds can be found here (in Marketplace).
Dubbed the “#1 Internet Time-waster of all Carpathian Basin”, this current events and culture-watch site dedicated to Hungary and it’s neighbors is popular with expats.
Safety and Security
The most common crime in Hungary is pick pocketing and petty theft. However, compared to many European capitals, there are still relatively few incidents in Budapest. It would be advisable to take the same security precautions as you would in your home country, and use common sense, but it is unlikely that you will need any further protection than this. For more information about personal safety and security in Hungary, check the security updates with your respective embassies below.
Budapest understands how to celebrate the seasons. Summer is hot, winter is cold and autumn and spring are exactly as they should be. As the country is landlocked, the climate is very dry and the air quality reflects this, an added bonus to those who suffer from asthma. When winter sets in, expect snow and freezing conditions, but be comforted by the blue skies and sun. In summer be ready to douse yourself in sunscreen, and join the nation in relaxing in parks, baths and swimming pools.
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