Hungary is among the top tourist destinations in Europe with the capital Budapest regarded as one of the most beautiful cities worldwide. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).
The official language is Hungarian; the most commonly spoken languages are English and German. From 2004 Hungary is the member of the European Union.
In Hungary there are four different seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
The medium temperature is about 21°C, the coldest month is January, and the warmest month is July.
The time zone in Gyor during the event will be European Summertime GMT/UTC+2.
BUSINESS HOURS SHOPS, GOVERNMENT OFFICES, BANKS (OPENING HOURS)
Standard business hours for government offices and banks on weekdays are from 8:00 to 16:00. These offices are normally closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Business hours for shops from Monday to Friday are from 7:00 to 20:00.
Most of the shops are also open on Saturday (from 7:00 to 18:00) and Sunday (8:00 to 18:00) as well. There are shops which are open 24/7.
The voltage of Hungarian electric networks is 230 V (F wall sockets are used).
Hungarian Forints (HUF) are the official currency of Hungary since 1 August 1946.
Currently, the following coins and banknotes are in use:
Coins: 5; 10; 20; 50; 100; 200 HUF
Banknotes: 500; 1000; 2000; 5000; 10,000; 20,000 HUF
There are a number of places which accept Euros too, but the exchange rate merchants tend to use is significantly lower than what one can get at a normal exchange office bank.