Approximately 50% of the population of Hungary are Roman Catholics. First established by King Stephen, crowned as a holy king by the Pope, in the tenth century, Hungary has been a predominantly Roman Catholic country.
Protestant religions began to appear after the renaissance; but, the Hapsburg's led a counter reformation that ensured Catholicism was reinstated as the predominant religion in Hungary during the 17th century. You will also find a Greek Orthodox Catholic community in Hungary; but, it is less than 3% of the population.
Today, Protestants account for just over 20% of the population, with Calvinist making up 16% and Lutherans accounting for 4%. As a result of the decimation of the Jewish community, today Judaism is practiced by only about 80,000 Hungarians. An even smaller group practices Islam, a remnant of the Ottoman Turk rule. The Islamic population is estimated at several thousand.
Hungary is cold enough to support snowy winters that can be cold and bitter. In fact winters in Hungary as
a whole are fairly sharp, with minimums being known to fall to
-29 ºC. In Budapest
the winters can be also feel like they are chilling you down to the bone, but the season is short
and the bitter weather is usually broken up by a few bright, sunny days. If traveling to Hungary in winter be sure to
so ensure to pack a warm winter coat, hat, boots and gloves! You will probably need them.
Hungary has a moderate level; of precipitation year round; but, a majority occurs in the summer months. July is the hottest and sunniest month with temps that climb above 27 C. June has the historically highest level of rainfall. In Budapest you should not be surprised to see more that 70 mm of rain in June.
Budapest receives more than 70mm of precipitation. Although temperature seems somewhat unpleasant, it is one of the best seasons to visit Budapest.