8 Facts About Hungary

If you are planning on visiting Budapest for the first time you may be intrigued to know some interesting, easy to remember, fun facts about Hungary.

Below you will find eight interesting and fun facts about Hungary that you can use to amaze friends, kids, loved ones and even Hungarians who may not know all of these facts.

  1. The largest building in Hungary is the Hungarian Parliament, it is big enough to contain 50 five story apartment blocks.
  2. Famous Hungarians include Erno Rubik (inventor of the Rubik’s cube); László Bíró  (inventor of the ballpoint pen); and Ede Teller who deduced the theory used to create the hydrogen bomb.
  3. Hungary has won more Olympic Medals per capita than any other country.
  4. Milklos Ybl designed large parts of St Stephen’s Basilica, the National Opera House and Buda Castle.
  5. It is possible to create very, very long words in Hungarian due to its agglutinative nature. Megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért is an example of a word with 44 letters.
  6. Hungary was the first football team to beat England at Wembley when legendary Hungarian footballer  Ferenc Puskás scored two goals in a 3-6 win for Hungary on 25th November 1953. The Magical Magyars lost their next six games to England at Wembley.
  7. The record high temperature recorded in Hungary’s capital Budapest since 1901 was measured on the 20th July 2007, a scorching 40.7°C (105.3°F). The record low temperature was recorded on 11th February 1929, a rather chilly -23.4°C (-10.1°F).
  8. In 1946, before the Hungarian Forint, Hungary – battling hyper inflation following World War II – issued banknotes with a face value of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 Pengo (one quintillion – one followed by eighteen zeros – Pengo); the highest denomination banknote ever produced.

If you are interested in learning more about the magical country of Hungary and in particular its wonderful capital city, Budapest, take a look at our Budapest guide which features information about sightseeing, nightlife, tourist attractions and lots more.

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