11 Amazing Facts About Hungary – A Wine Country

Here are some interesting facts about Hungary!

1. There are 22 distinct wine regions and eight grape varieties in Hungary, which is why it can also be called a wine country.

2. Did you know there are cowboys in Hungary? Horsemanship in Hungary has a long history, going back to the Magyars, the first Hungarians. They rode from central Asia to settle in present-day Hungary. The name “Magyar”, which refers to the people of the country. 

3. Budapest is the Thermal Bath Capital of The World. Underneath the city is a massive reserve of spring water that produces 70 million liters of thermal water a day which makes Budapest the richest city with the medical waters in the world.

4. You probably would have heard about the Rubik’s cube, but did you know that it’s a Hungarian invention? Other notable inventions from Hungary includes the ballpoint pen, holography, thermographic camera, digital computing, and the first functional helicopter.

5. If soaking in hot springs water relaxes you, head to Heviz, home to one of the largest thermal lakes in the world. Did you know? Aggtelek National Park is home to the largest stalactic cave, in Europe.

6. Hungary is one of the best birding areas in Europe: almost 400 bird species breed here. DO check out some amazing facts about Ukraine, you might be able to relate a few of them with Hungary!

7. You’d find it quite strange that it is considered rude to clink your beer glasses and the reason behind it is that when the 1848 Hungarian revolution against the Habsburgs was defeated, 13 Hungarian generals were executed, with the Austrians clinking their beer glasses after each execution. After this, Hungarians vowed to not cheer with the beer for 150 years. That time has passed, but it’s still a custom.

8. The Hungarian language is quite playful having Kilometer-long words. Phrasal verbs and affixes are added to the root word creating a new one, and we can say astonishingly long words.

9. Did you know that the Hungarian Parliament is the 3rd largest parliament building in the world? It has 691 rooms, 20 kilometers of stairs and 40 kilograms of 23-carat gold was used on its interior decoration. It is also the largest building in Hungary.

10. Hungary’s Budapest Metro remains the oldest underground electrified railway system in Europe and the third oldest underground railway globally.

11. Did you know that Budapest is home of the largest synagogue in Europe, and the second largest one in the world?

So that was all for Hungary. Do let us know how did you find these facts in the comments section below!