Hungary is a country of great beauty, home to the Pearl of the Danube, the capital city of Budapest. Much of its rich history remains intact, offering visitors the ability to view 2,000-year-old Roman ruins that stand next to 400-year-old Turkish monuments and magnificent palaces and castles throughout the countryside. It is home to Europe's largest lake, Lake Balaton, which provides a natural paradise for families with small children. The beauty of Hungary will steal your heart, forcing you to return over and over again.

Hungary is slightly larger than Ireland, with a landscape consisting mostly of plains in the east, low hills to the west and small mountains to the north. It is bordered by Austria, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Hungary is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, biosphere reserves, thermal lakes and bountiful grasslands.

Hungary has a continental climate, with hot summers and low overall humidity levels. Its winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures averaging 0 to -15°C - a stark contrast to the hot summer temperatures that average 27 to 35°C. A small southern region of Hungary enjoys a reputation for a Mediterranean climate, which is slightly warmer than the majority of the country.

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