Facts about Hungary

humapWith an area of 93,033 square km, Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It has arounf 2,258 km of boundaries shared with seven countries.

Hungary's modern borders were first established after World War I when, by the terms of the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, it lost more than 71% of what had formerly been the Kingdom of Hungary, 58.5% of its population, and 32% of the Hungarians.

Hungary has a continental climate, with cold winters and warm to hot summers. The average annual temperature is about 10 °C. ).. The western part of the country usually receives more rain than the eastern part, where severe droughts may occur in summertime. Weather conditions in the Great Plain can be especially harsh, with hot summers, cold winters, and scant rainfall.

flagMost of the country has an elevation of fewer than 200 m. The highest point in the country is Kékes (1,014 m) in the Mátra Mountains northeast of Budapest. The lowest spot is 77.6 m above sea level, located in the south of Hungary, near Szeged.

The major rivers in the country are the Danube and Tisza. Smaller rivers include the Drava along the Croatian border, the Rába, the Szamos, the Sió, and the Ipoly along the Slovakian border.

Hungary has three major lakes. Lake Balaton, the largest, is 78 km long and from 3 to 14 km wide, with an area of 592 square km. Hungarians often refer to it as the Hungarian Sea. It is Central Europe's largest freshwater lake and an important recreation area. Its shallow waters offer good summer swimming, and in winter its frozen surface provides excellent opportunities for winter sports.  Smaller bodies of water are Lake Velence and Lake Fertő.

balatonlakeHungary has several bodies of water, including the greatest lake of Central Europe, Lake Balaton, which is a famous tourist destination. Lake Hévíz, the largest thermal lake in the world  is located in Hungary as well. The Lake Cave  of Tapolca is also notable as being a sub-surface lake.
The Little Alföld or Little Hungarian Plain is a plain (tectonic basin) of around 8,000 km2 in northwestern Hungary along the lower course of the Rába River, with high quality soils.

The Transdanubia region lies in the western part of the country, bounded by the Danube River, the Drava River. The region consists mostly of rolling hills. Transdanubia is primarily an agricultural area. It lies south and west of the course of the Danube. It contains Lake Fertő and Lake Balaton. The Great Alföld contains the basin of the Tisza River and its branches. It encompasses more than hbudapest-parliamentalf of the country's territory. Bordered by mountains on all sides.

Here is found the puszta, a long, and uncultivated expanse (the most famous such area still in existence is the Hortobágy), with which much Hungarian folklore is associated. In earlier centuries, the Great Plain was unsuitable for farming because of frequent flooding. Instead, it was the home of massive herds of cattle and horses.

Hungary has several moderately high ranges of mountains. They can be classified to four geographic regions, from west to east: Alpokalja, Transdanubian Mountains, Mecsek and North Hungarian Mountains. Alpokalja (literally the foothills of the Alps) is located along the Austrian border; its highest point is Írott-kő. The Transdanubian Mountains stretch from the west part of Lake Balaton to the Danube Bend near Budapest, where it meets the North Hungarian Mountains. Its tallest peak is the 757 m high Pilis. Mecsek is the southernmost Hungarian mountain range, located north from Pécs. The North Hungarian Mountains lie north of Budapest. It i smostly forested. Viticulture is also important, producing the famous Tokaji wine. The highest peak of it is the Kékes, located in the Mátra mountain range.

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Facts about Hungary