Hungary joined the European Union in 2004 and has been part of the Schengen Area since 2007. Hungary is a member of the United Nations, NATO, WTO, World Bank, the AIIB, the Council of Europe, the Visegrád Group and more. Well known for its rich cultural history, Hungary has contributed significantly to arts, music, literature, sports and science and technology. Hungary is the 11th most popular country as a tourist destination in Europe, attracting 14.3 million international tourists in 2015.
Due to Hungary’s central geopolitical and cultural position within Europe, it is the perfect place if you want to understand both Western and Eastern European tourism trends, attitudes and motivations, and you want to gain experiences that prepare you to successfully cope with challenges in multicultural environments.
Tourism in Hungary is not only a key economic activity, but its quality-of-life-enhancing role has also been recognised by the government in the National Tourism Strategy, which reflects the country’s far-sighted approach to tourism development.
Health tourism, based on a natural wealth of geothermal springs and a mix of old traditions and modern methods, is particularly developed: Hungary is market leader in Europe in the field of dental tourism, and Budapest is undoubtedly the spa capital of Europe, with an abundant supply of health and wellness spas. Cultural tourism is also well-developed: for example, the Sziget Festival is a two-time winner at the European Festivals Awards in the category Best Major European Festival in 2011 and 2014 and the category Best Line-Up in 2015 & 2017, while the A38 Ship, a popular live music venue, has been voted as the best bar in the world by Lonely Planet readers.