Thursday, October 3, 2013

Language, Capitol & Currency in Hungary


Samoyedic map XVII-XX.pngThe language spoken in Hungary is Hungarian. Because the people came from a tribal area and the Ural mountains, their language has little relation to the Romance languages of Europe or the Germanic languages. In fact, the closest relatives are Finnish and Lappish, suggesting an ancient group of northward migrating tribes, some of which settled in the Urals and others who traveled further north. Recent linguistic classifications place it with the Samoyedic group which covers northern parts of Europe and Russia. As well as a tell-tell link to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

Distantly related are Turkish and Basque. This uniqueness and linguistic isolation has become a source of pride to Hungarians.

I want to repeat the insight I provided in my introduction to Hungary.
The capital of Hungary is Budapest, the "Little Paris of Eastern Europe".  It has become the delight of European youth because of its vibrant nightlife, youthful atmosphere, and world class classical music. There is also a rich café life in Budapest. Scenically located on the banks of the Danube, the architecture and unique culture has resulted in a listing in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Here you will find remains from the Ottoman Empire, Roman Empire, and Austrian Empire. While the city is actually divided into 23 districts, it is usually referred to as Buda and Pest, the two sides of the Danube. Buda and Pest, the two previously independent cities together with Óbuda were united in 1873, and became a single city occupying both banks of the River Danube. The famous public buildings, the green hills of Buda, the wide avenues and shopping centers of Pest, and the connecting bridges over the river really make Budapest one of the most enjoyable cities in Europe. Budapest is a beautiful city with great architecture and so many things to do and see.

The mighty Danube flows 2850 kilometers through Europe from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea and passes through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, along the Croatian-Serbian border, past Bulgaria on its journey to the mouth of the Danube at Sulina, Romania. It is Europe's second longest river after the Volga.
Budapest has enough to impress new and returning visitors.

The Forint is the currency in Hungary and it is hard to find since it is only used in Hungary.
I recommend you should change money or withdraw cash from an ATM after your arrival. You can find both at the train station and airport.
Changing money on the street is a bad idea! It's useful to bring your credit card but in Hungary you should always have cash with you because cards are not accepted at many places. The easiest way to get cash is from an ATM machine; however, most banks also charge a 3% currency translation fee. So, check the local rates. The best official rates for cash could be in a bank. Banks are generally available, most open from 8 AM to 4 PM and some even on Saturday. Plan ahead, don't get caught on a weekend or holiday out of cash. While Exchange booths are also available, the rates are higher.

Tips are an expected source of income in Hungary and the general rule is 10% of the total amount for good service..

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