LTR!’s October showcase, DISCOVER HUNGARY references one of Europe’s oldest yet most battled countries in Europe.
Conquered by the Magyars under Arpad in 895 AD,
a tribal people from the Ural Mountains in Asia, then
united by King Stephen I in 1000, who, like Emperor Constantine in the West, ordained Catholicism as the official religion of its people. It was invaded by the Mongols in 1241, fortified by King Bela, then divided again by the Turks in three parts 1526 under Hapsburg rule, the country fell to the Austro-Hungarian empire in the 19th century only to be partitioned by the Nazi regime in 1941-43. It survived the Cold War and the Communist dictatorship that followed, finally achieving independence in 1989 with Budapest as its nation’s capital encompassing 23 districts.It became a member of NATO in 1999 and joined the European Union in 2004.
HUNGARY is the second smallest country in Europe, less than 60,000 square miles, and the second smallest monarchy in Europe after Liechenstein. Its population is under 10,000,000. The government is now a Parliamentary Republic. In 2012 the country produced a constitution patterned after the principals of democracy, freedom of expression, and law & order.
Viktor Orban is Prime Minister and the president is Jan Adar. The country boasts the 57th largest economy in the world. It publishes over 40 newspaper and magazines.
In 2018 there will be direct flights from a number major cities in the US. For info on the airlines being assigned try: Pro Travel International in New York: 646-201.4000. The country is considered for safe travel, hospitality, classic European cuisine, fine wines, and its four seasons destinations. It’s also considered a good buy.
For more on the history and cultural attributes of HUNGARY try: www gotohungary.com