Shocking/fun statistics about Hungary

Since Hungary is a small, not so well-known county most people don’t know much about it , so in this article I try to present my country with some shocking/interesting statistics, but to make it more relatable and enjoyable I decided to compare Hungary with some other countries. And if the word „statistics” didn’t scare you away already , let’s see what Hungary is like!

  1. 2 times more people live in Beijing than in Hungary

  2. Brazil is 91,5 times as big as Hungary

  3. Hungary ranks 11th for average IQ and 18th last for murders with firearms per million

  4. People in the United States are 30.48% less likely to be unemployed, but 40,74% more likely to be murdered

  5. Germans have 35,75% more free time and they spend 4,7 times more money on healthcare

  6. Spanish people earn 52,02% more money than Hungarians

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  7. Rent Prices in United Kingdom are 147.31% higher than in Hungary

  8. a McMeal at McDonalds costs 34,19% less in India than in Hungary

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  9. Japanese people live around 10 years longer than Hungarians

  10. Among the OECD courties the Hungary has the 3rd highest avarage tax wedge after Germany and Belgium

As you can see every county has its advantages, us Hungarians seem to be blessed with high IQ, low murder rates and low prices ( +cheap beer 😛 )




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Explore Budapest with public transport!

In my opinion there’s no better way of discovering a place than using public transport. You can see everything while feeling like a local. In this article, I would like to give a few tips on which ones to try, so get your tickets ready! 😉

  1. 1st metro line (M1, yellow one)

It was the first metro line on the continent, built in 1896 for the Millennium celebrations (1000th anniversary of the Hungarian Conquest). It goes under Andrássy Avenue and it has stops at for example…:

  • Széchenyi Bath: if you want to relax a little bit
  • Deák Ferenc tér: if you want to sit down in the grass among the locals to drink and chat a little bit
  • Opera: if you are not a fan of this type of music it is still worth visiting, there are guided tours
  • Heroes square: a place showing the Hungarian history with the help of the statues on the monument. The City Park behind it also provides many forms of entertainment: Zoo, ice skating ring/boating lake, Vajdahunyad Castle1metro
  1. Bus 105

Another way to go through Andrássy Avenue, but on the surface. This avenue has a pretty interesting structure and is full of beautiful buildings. It goes through Chain Bridge and at Clark Ádám square you can change to Bus 16, which takes you up to the Castle District



  1. Tram 2

This one has probably the best view. It goes next to the Parliament, so you can check out 3 sides of it without walking 😛 and it goes next to river Danube which is the most beautiful part of the city in my opinion. In winter, sometimes  there are special trams on this line with beautiful lights on them.



  1. Tram 4-6

It is the party line in Budapest. It goes on the Great Ring road and it passes thousands of pubs( there is even one named after the tram) The most popular area is Király and Wesselényi street, literally every second building is a pub there, so if you want to have great night I suggest choosing this line. It also stops at Margaret Island (Margit-sziget) which is the green heart of the city, you can rent a Bringóhintó to discover it but there is also a bus line going through the island (bus 26).



  1. Metro line 4 (M4)

It is the newest metro line. The stations are more modern and it stops at Szent Gellért square, from there you can walk up to the top of Gellért hill and see the wonderful view from the Citadel.



  1. Nostalgic travelling

There are Heritage Transport services from May to September. You can find more information about it on this website:


  1. Ship (D11, D12, D13)

It is run by the Public Transportation company of Budapest but there is a special ticket for it which costs 750 forints (~2,5 euro)


Special types of transportation:

  • Rack-railway/tram 60: It takes you up to Széchenyi hegy where you can exchange to Children’s’ Railway which is a really special railway where children aged 10-14 are working and it goes through a beatiful forest. If you like nature you should check it out but it is important to know that you need different tickets for that since it is not a part of public transport
  • Funicular: it is not public transport but I wanted to include it because it is so special. It takes you up from Clark Ádám tér to the Castle District. The journey with it is short and you must buy a different ticket, but if you don’t want to spend your money on it you can use bus 16 instead. 



  • One ticket costs 350 forints (a bit more than a euro)
  • A daily ticket is 1650 HUF (~ 5,4 euros)
  • A 72 hour ticket is currently 4150 HUF (~13,5 euro)
  • Or you can buy a Budapest Card which provides free travel, different discounts and free entries to some museums. Its current prices:
    • 24 hour- 19 euro
    • 48 hour- 29 euro
    • 72 hour-37 euro

I hope you will find it useful, and if you have any questions feel free to turn to me! 😉

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10 things you probably didn’t know about the Hungarian Parliament


  1. There are 3 parliaments in the same square

    A competition was held to find the best plan for the parliament, but the entries were so good that they decided to build the 2nd and the 3rd as well.


  2. Symbols in the form of numbers

    The building is 96 metres high which refers to the date of the Hungarian Conquest (896) and there are 365 towers all together which refers to the days of the year.

  3. Golden decoration

    40 kilograms of gold was used to decorate the building.p

  4. Hungarian materials

    It was a priority during the construction to only use Hungarian materials.

  5. Smoking – “He was worth a Havana”

    Today smoking is banned in the building but it used to be allowed. There were even cigar holders on the corridor with numbers on them, so the MPs could leave their cigars there when they had to go back to the sitting. The most expensive cigar was the Havana at that time so when they went back to the sitting and only left when the cigar was already completely gone they said the MP who was talking was worth a Havana.CIGAR.jpg

  6. Special air condition

    This was the first building ever to have air-conditioning (of course not the modern type) The air came into the building through an underground chamber where they also put some ice to help the cooling of the air.

  7. It is the 3rd biggest Parliament in the world

  8. It is completely symmetrical

    Until the 2nd World War the parliament was bicameral, now only the southern half is used for the sittings of the parliament, the northern part is used for conferences.PARLSZIM

  9. Rules for the buildings in the area

    It was determined that the buildings couldn’t be higher than the Parliament and there were some rules for the appearance of the street fronts as well.

  10. The architect who designed it couldn’t see the result

    Imre Steindl died 5 years before the building was finished.parlament steindl





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St. Stephen Basilica and it’s unlucky history

St. Stephen Basilica is among the most popular sights in Budapest. It is named after the first king of Hungary (Szent István/St. Stephen) who was the founder of the state. I’m pretty sure everyone who comes to Budapest sees this building but most people have no idea about the struggle this building has been throught!

The construction started in 1810. The church was designed by 3 architects. The first one (József Hild) died in 1867, then Miklós Ybl, a well-known architect at that time took over his place and finished the building itself, but because of his death the interior design was left to József Kauser. The construction lasted 95 years, it was only finished in 1905. ( But if you ever visit it you’ll agree that is was worth waiting 😉 )

Plans made by Miklós Ybl

During this 95 years there were quite a few difficulties and not just the death of two of its designers. There was a revolution in the country from 1848 to 1849 and then the dome designed by the first architect collapsed in 1868. The second architect, Miklós Ybl, made new plans and he also changed the appearance a little bit according to his taste. The former classicist style was exchanged to neo-renaissance.

The difficulties did not stop after it was finally finished. During the second world war the roof was destroyed and when they wanted to renew it the wooden parts of the dome started burning. In 1982 during a storm a part of the dome was blown away by the wind, but after all the renovations I guess we can say the struggle is over , the dome is not causing any more trouble and it is prettier than ever! The church itself, the interior design and the view from the top is breath-taking. If you didn’t want to visit it so far, let me show you a few pictures to convince you!

Basilica from outside- “Ego sum via veritas et vita”
Basilica Interior
View from the top
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János Móricz- The secret history of the humanity and the origin of Hungarians

In the 1920s there were a few news that some Hungarian engineers working in South America could speak in Hungarian with some native tribes (in Peru, Ecuador and the Amazonas) Some of the Hungarian immigrants decided to investigate the news. One of them was János Móricz (also known as Juan Moricz) who started investigating in Ecuador. He could speak in Hungarian with 3 tribes: Cahari, Mochica and Puruha. He collected more than 10 thousand names (geographical and family names) that had Hungarian origins. Some of the examples include:

  • apa=apa
  • aya=anya
  • nap=nap
  • kit=két
Juan Moricz

Móricz had also found a giant cave system (Tayos-cave). He believed that the native people collected here the treasures which were in danger because of the Spanish conquistadors. It was also believed that extra-terrestrial creatures live in these caves. (Isn’t it like a Hollywood movie? 😛 )

In 1967, 7th of September there was a conference where János Móricz presented his discoveries to the press and reporters. The audience seemed enthusiastic but no news appeared later about this conference. Móricz believed that the Hungarian tribes came to South America from the west on water. A Hungarian geography teacher proved with a map that every 4th geographical name in Indonesia is Hungarian. In 1965 a newspaper in Ecuador published the story of the discoveries. Is was written in the article that before the Spanish influence the previous language of the 3 previously mentioned tribes was Hungarian. In 1966 El Telegrafe published an article which said that the discoveries of Móricz proved that the separated brothers of the Ecuadorians are Hungarians.

móricz tayos
Expedition in 1969

Some claim that the origin of the Hungarians was found with these discoveries and the Habsburgs and the Spanish tried to hide this from us. Some also claim that if it was true the entire history of the humanity could be changed and maybe because of that this story didn’t become famous. In 1991 Móricz was about to organize a conference when he suddenly died. Some people believed that it was not a coincidence but it turned out that he was already diagnosed with a disease months before his death.

So, is the origin of Hungarians America? Some say Juan Moricz was just a dreamer others say he was the biggest discoverer. No one knows the truth…there are many theories about the origin of Hungarians:

  1. Hun-Magyar relationship, which was generally accepted until the 19th century but its credibility has been questioned
  2. The Finno-Ugrian theory, which is usually taught at schools. It is based on the similarities of the two languages
  3. Sumerian origin? Some researchers found some evidences that Sumerian and Hungarian languages are related.
Finno-Ugrian origin

So apparently, there are many different views, with some evidences and it seems impossible to find out the complete truth, but these theories seem fascinating, I could spend weeks trying to gather all the information about just one of these. Of course, knowing the truth would be interesting, but maybe this mystery just makes this country and Hungarians ever more interesting…

(If you became interested in Tayos caves there are many videos, also discussing the possibility of extra-terrestrial life, and there’s also a movie in Spanish, here is the trailer with English subtitle:

Esztergom, Macska út-Hidden stairs to a beautiful Basilica

If you love beautiful views and you are not afraid of climbing around 500 stairs this little hidden path is for you!

Esztergom is located about 50 kilometres from Budapest so it is a perfect destination for a daytrip. This town is sitting on the bank of river Danube. If you want to visit another country as well, you can just walk through the bridge and you’re in Slovakia.

The most well-known sight of the city is the Basilica, which is on the top of the hill. Macska út (Cat street/Cat steps) is a little street which leads to the top. There are some evidences of its existence from the 16th century. When the construction of the Basilica started, it was buried and it couldn’t be used until its reconstruction in 2001-2002.

This hidden gem is not worth missing! The stairs might look scary at first but trust me, it’s not that hard climbing them and the view in compensating for the struggle!

(Help to find it: the starting point of the stairs opens from Berényi Zsigmond street)

I’ll leave here some pictures to convince you to use this path 😉

The Cat steps


View from the path

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