Hungary

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Its capital Budapest, is bisected by the Danube River. Its cityscape is studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s medieval Castle Hill and grand neoclassical buildings along Pest’s Andrássy Avenue to the 19th-century Chain Bridge. Turkish and Roman influence on Hungarian culture includes the popularity of mineral spas. Hungary has a population of 10 million. Hungarians are known for Paprika, Goulash and Tokajiwines.

Three things we did not know about Hungary:

  1. Hungarians have their own cowboys called called ‘csikós’ in Hungarian. They live and entertain the visitors with amazing horse shows on the Hungarian Great Plain called the ‘Puszta‘.
  2. Did you know that you can see the hand of the first Hungarian king in a church? The mummified right hand of Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary is displayed in the Saint Stephen Basilica in Budapest. When the body of King Stephen was exhumed, they found that his right hand was still in very good condition. The hand was later stolen and buried by a cleric who was supposed to guard it. Later it was recovered and transported around Europe, till Queen Maria Theresa purchased it and gave it back to Hungary.
  3. The first subway line of continental Europe was built in Budapest – The Millenium Underground Railway line was constructed for the Millennium Celebration of 1896, commemorating the Hungarian Conquest of 896. It is the third oldest underground railway in the world after “Tünel” in Istanbul, and the London Underground.

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