Taking a Rail Holiday in Hungary
A Holiday in Hungary
Hungary has a rich and interesting history, beginning with Celtic and Roman origins. It includes periods where it was considered to be a cultural centre of Europe, was occupied by the Ottoman Empire, and became part of the Austro-Hungarian territory before finally emerging as the Hungary we see today. After the second world war, communism ruled the country until 1989, when democracy returned once more. Now, Hungary rates as one of the thirty most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Hungary has a great deal to offer the holidaymaker, boasting unrivalled natural beauty, historic cities, archaeological sites and the largest lake in central Europe. One of the best ways to see the country, is to take a railway holiday in Hungary. There are many scenic routes available, and some of the best are mentioned below.
Great Rail Holidays in Hungary
Budapest acts as a central hub for train journeys not only within Hungary, but also to many other eastern European countries.
The Danube Express – Considered by many to be one of the worlds greatest train journeys, the Danube Express consists of luxury carriages where the service is spectacular. Either starting from or going through Budapest, some people take the train all the way through from Europe and into Asia, where it terminates in Istanbul.
The Venice Simplon Orient Express – Made famous by the Agatha Christie novel, the orient Express has now added Budapest, Prague, Krakow and Dresden to its destinations. A ride on board is sure to be a memorable one.
Essential Travel Information for Hungary
Language – Hungarian is a unique and complex language, little understood by anyone from outside of the country! As with anywhere, learning a few simple words will always help, although most people within the tourism industry will speak English. People living near the Austrian borders may also speak a little German, and whilst Russian was once taught in schools, people prefer to forget this!
Currency – Hungary currently uses the Forint as its form of currency, and although its long term ambitions may be to adopt the Euro, this is on hold for the time being. People choosing to take a holiday in Hungary can either exchange money before they leave, or withdraw it from a cash point at most major banks.
Weather – Hungary experiences hot summers and mild winters, although snowfall can and does occur. During the warmer summer months, the average highs are around 23 degrees, and during the winter the average lows are -3 degrees. Beautiful at any time of year, a scenic railway journey in Hungary is just as impressive with snow on the ground as it is with a clear, blue summers sky.