Sightseeing in Hungary

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Amongst others, roman ruins, medieval castles and baroque palaces can all be found in Hungary:
- the Benedictine Abbey at Pannonhalma,
- Buda Castle,
- Pest,
- Eger,
- Szentendre,
- Esztergom
- Sopron.
There is a great cultural life in Budapest and in Hungary in general. Pécs, the city in the south of Hungary had won the right to become Europe's cultural capital in 2010. The capital is filled with art galleries, museum, offering a great variety of choice for those who like plastic art.
More Information on Festivalcity, Szegediszabadteri.
- Caves at the Aggtelek National Park
- Cycling, hiking in the Ferto-Hanság National Park
- Kiskunság National Park
- Hortobágy National Park
Budapest : Matthias Church, Basilica.
Esztergom : Basilica
Ják: Abbey church
Visit Király Medicinal Baths, which date from the Middle Ages.
The Balaton is Central Europe's largest sweet water lake. Siófok, on the south shore of the lake, has some of the sandiest beaches and best facilities for tourists.
Or you can also enjoy a sunny afternoon by the Velence lake which is only 30 minutes away from Budapest.
Winter Sports
Hungary is a pretty flat country. Generally those who wish to ski go to Austria, Slovenia, Italy or Slovakia if you are looking for cheaper ski holidays.
Outdoor Activities
Hike in Hungary's hills: the Börzsöny, Pilis and Mátra, Kékestetö.
Fish in the River Tisza.
Go horse riding on the Great Plain.
Drink wine from the vineyards of the Szépasszony Valley.
Hungary is a good place to buy caviar, foie gras and Hungarian wines and spirits. Most stores are open from Monday to Saturday.

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Highest level of political freedom, through electoral democracy.
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
Hungary's constitution protects freedom of speech and of the press, and a wide selection of competitive media outlets generally operate without interference from the state.Attacks on the press in Hungary are rare. The media landscape is dominated by private companies.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 26/175
Evolution: 3 places down compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Internet access is unrestricted.
Freedom of Assembly
The constitution provides for freedom of assembly, and the government respects this right in practice. Nongovernmental organizations are active in Hungary and operate without restrictions. The government respects citizens' rights to form associations, strike, and petition public authorities. Trade unions account for less than 30 percent of the workforce.
Rule of Law
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Women's Condition
Women possess the same legal rights as men, but they face hiring and pay discrimination and tend to be underrepresented in senior-level business and governmental positions. Hungary is primarily a transit point, but also a source and destination country, for trafficked persons, including women trafficked for prostitution.
For Further Information
Freedom House
Human rights report, US Department of state

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Degree of Freedom
The constitution guarantees religious freedom and provides for the separation of church and state. While adherents of all religions are generally free to worship in their own manner, the state provides financial support and tax breaks to four traditional groups, or "historical churches": the Roman Catholic Church, the Calvinist Church, the Lutheran Church, and the Alliance of Hungarian Jewish Communities. Some critics have charged that these practices effectively discriminate against smaller denominations.
Roman Catholic 51.9%, Calvinist 15.9%, Lutheran 3%, Greek Catholic 2.6%, Other Christian 1%.
Role of Religion in Society
Not important.

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