Hungary's History

Celts colonised Hungary around 450BC long before the Romans arrived in 9BC, establishing their province of Pannonia. Attila the Hun displaced Rome in the 5th Century and cementing power by 560 while the ancestors of present Hungarians arrived from Central Asia unifying Hungary in 895. During the 10th Century warlike Hungarians raided most of continental Europe. In 1000AD St Stephen I, with the Pope’s authority established the Apostolic Kingdom of Hungary expanding until the nation was raped in the Mongol invasion of 1241-2. Between 1541-1718 varying parts of Hungary were under Ottoman Turk rule. The Crown of Hungary passed to the Hapsburgs who in 1848 granted Hungary equality in the Austro-Hungarian Empire until defeated in WWI. In WWII Hungary sided with Germany and was overrun by the Red Army in 1945 with a Communist Regime installed. Communism survived an uprising in 1956, but crumbled with the Iron Curtain in 1989.

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Hungary was quick to cut ties with former Communist Europe in 1989 and joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. Rapid economic growth went into reverse like the rest of Europe in 2008, however Hungarians still enjoy a high standard of living and quality of life. Following the fall of Communism, International tourists began returning to Hungary in ever increasing numbers, attracted by Danube cruises, historic cities and landmarks, therapeutic mineral spas, a racy nightlife, Europe’s spiciest food, great wine and plenty of outdoor activities – all at affordable prices. Central Europe’s largest lake is Hungary’s Lake Balaton; a favourite destination for locals escaping summer’s often scorching heat.

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