The country

Hungary is one of the EU's 27 Member States and is on the eastern border of the Schengen area. The official name of the country is the Republic of Hungary.

Area: 93,032 km  2

Population:   10,041,000

Capital city:  Budapest

Time Zone:   GMT (UTC)  +1

International Phone Code:+36

 

Geographic location:Hungary, located in Central Europe and occupying a significant portion of the Carpathian Basin, is exceptionally positioned to have a diverse natural environment. The country borders Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

 

Natural features:Based on the differences in the natural characteristics of the country, Hungary can be divided into 6 regions: These are the Great Plains, the Lesser Plains, the Northern Mountain Range, the Transdanubian Hills, the Transdanubian Mountain Range and the foothills of the Alps. The fact that the country sits in the Carpathian Basin means that the rivers flowing from the Carpathian mountains brought sediment down into the basin from which high-quality soil formed. As a result of this, two-thirds of the country's area consists of agricultural land.  It also helps that 50% of the total area of Hungary is flat. The country's largest and most distinctive region is the Alföld, or Great Plains; the Kisalföld, or Lesser Plains, in northwest Hungary has similar geographical features. West of the Danube, the Transdanubian Hills and the Transdanubian Mountain Range reach a height of between 600-700 meters. In the Northern Mountain Range and the northern areas of Hungary, the average height ranges between 500 and 1,000 meters above sea level; the highest point in Hungary is Kékestető at 1,014 meters. Hungary has a number of rivers and lakes the most prominent of which are the Danube and Tisza rivers and central Europe's largest lake, Lake Balaton. In the wetlands of Hungary, a number of  unique species of birds and animals make their home.

 

Climate: Hungary is located in the northern temperate zone. The great summer heat and cold winters are typical of a continental climate. The annual rainfall in Hungary is 580 mm, the majority of which falls in the western part of the country. The maximum rainfall typically happens at the end of spring and the beginning of summer where between 60 to 110 mm of rain falls per month. The number of snow-covered days is between 15-30 days per year, and these days typically fall between the months of  November and March. This, of course, varies depending on regional conditions and height above sea level. But there can also be years with no snow coverage at all. The number of hours of sunshine per year ranges from 1700 to 2100, with the maximum number of sunshine hours being recorded in the area between the Danube and the Tisza rivers. The warmest month in Hungary is June, with a mean temperature of 21.7  0  C. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of -1.2  0  C. One of the most significant effects that shapes the landscape are the frequent strong northwest winds. The weather patterns of the different regions in Hungary have a significant influence on agriculture, forestry, water management, and industry as well as shaping the landscape.

Transportation: Hungary can be reached by plane from 32 different countries, a total of 48 cities, with daily flights landing at the Franz Liszt International Airport in Budapest. There are two international terminals at the airport separated into flights from the Hungarian National Airlines at one terminal while all other international carrier flights arrive at the other terminal. Hunters arriving by car can cross into Hungary at any time as border stations are open 24 hours a day. Hungary joined the Schengen Agreement on December 27, 2007 so hunters arriving from EU countries can enter Hungary without any restrictions.
Hungary's main regions and towns can all be reached by motorway, but some motorways require a pre-paid sticker to use.

 

Motorways:

M1

Budapest - Hegyeshalom (to Austria)

M15

Levél - Rajka (to Slovakia)

M3

Budapest - Nyíregyháza

M30

M3 - 151 Km - Miskolc - East / Felsőzsolca

M35

Görbeháza - Debrecen

M5

Budapest – Röszke (to Serbia)

M6

M0 motorway - through Szekszárd to Bóly

M7

Budapest – Letenye (to Croatia)

M70

Letenye - Tornyiszentmiklós (to Slovenia)

Geography

 

Area: 93,027 km ²

Rivers: Danube, Tisza

Still Waters: Balaton, area: 594 km²

Length of borders: 2,009 km

Neighboring countries:  Austria (366 km), Croatia (329 km), Romania (443 km),  Serbia (151 km), Slovakia (515 km), Slovenia (102 km), Ukraine (103 km)

 

Population

 

Population: 10.014 million (2010)

Population density: 108 people / km2

Urbanization: 64.3%

Nationalities: 92.3% Hungarian, 1.9% Roma, 0.6% German, 0.2% Slovak, 0.15% Croatian

Religion: Catholic 54.51%, Calvinist (Reformed) 15.91%, Evangelical (Lutheran) 2.99%, Not religious, 14.55%, Jewish 0.13% , Muslim 0.03% (Census 2001)

 

 

Public administration

 

Capital city Budapest (1.702 million) Administrative Units:

19 counties + Budapest

24 district towns

Regions (European Union, "Nuts-2")

Northern Hungary

Western Transdanubia

Central Transdanubia

Southern Transdanubia

Central Hungary

Northern Great Plains

Southern Great Plains

 

Transport and infrastructure

 

Transportation

Freight (2005): road 64%, rail 23% 

Passenger transport: car 48%, rail 26%, plane 26%

Road Network

A total of approx. 32,000 km

Total motorways: 666.5 km

When driving in Hungary, there are a number of rules that must be adhered to, among them is the electronic motorway toll sticker. However, there are a lot of smart phone apps that provide information about driving in Hungary.

Recommended for route planning

Android apps: Google Maps, Navigon, Sygic Polaris

Apple iPhone apps: Navigon, Waze

Required documents

Driving license - Vehicle insurance - Green Card


Motorways

 

 M0: Budapest Ring

 M1: Budapest - Hegyeshalom

 M3: Budapest - Nyíregyháza

 M5: Budapest - Röszke

 M6: Budapest - Pécs

 M7: Budapest - Letenye

 

The motorways are toll roads and you need a pre-paid motorway sticker to drive on them.

 

 Arms importation:

 

Hassle-free. Our agency arranges the Hungarian hunting permit for you. We always inform our guests of all the current prices.

"If a foreign national or a non-resident in Hungary would like to bring in, take out or carry across the territory of the Republic of Hungary a firearm, ammunition, or a gas-powered weapon, it is necessary to obtain the appropriate license which entitles the bearer to carry or obtain firearms or ammunition in the country."

The right to possess a weapon does not depend on Hungarian laws but rather on the law of the country where the hunter resides and a hunter must be in possession of this permit and be prepared to show it to confirm his legal right to own a firearm.

Prohibited hunting weapons include automatic and semi-automatic firearms, 22-caliber weapons and short-barrel weapons (40 millimeters or less).

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