The Hungarian Guide - Investing and retiring in Hungary

  • A stunning capital with unique setting A stunning capital with unique setting
  • walking and birdwatching paradise walking and birdwatching paradise
  • undisturbed nature rich in rare species undisturbed nature rich in rare species
  • enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track
  • Teeming with History Teeming with History
  • over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes
  • picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb
  • Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit
  • Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer
  • Tranquil Lake Balaton Tranquil Lake Balaton
  • Lush rolling hills of western Hungary Lush rolling hills of western Hungary
  • buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000.. buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000..
  • horsemen and nature lovers paradise horsemen and nature lovers paradise
  • Europe's second largest freshwater lake Europe's second largest freshwater lake
  • A paradise for watersport enthusiasts A paradise for watersport enthusiasts
  • Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature

Austrian Border

Sopron by Emmanuel Dyan

Sopron by Emmanuel Dyan

You can find picturesque towns and quiet villages close to the Austrian border in Zala, Vas and Győr-Moson-Sopron counties. This area is ideal for those who love sking but don’t want to spend a fortune on hotels.  The Austrian slopes can be easily accessed accross the border:  there are four popular Austrian ski resorts close to the Hungarian border Mönichkirchen – Mariensee Skischaukel offers three 4-seater chairlifts and a draglift, with a vertical drop of around 2000 feet (580m). Altitude: 880m  www.schischaukel.net Semmering boasts 1 gondola, one chairlift and a draglift and a vertical drop of just over 1000 feet (336m). Altitude: 1000m www.zauberberg.at and www.hirschenkogel.at
The area is also beloved by hikers and nature lovers as there are many lovely walks both in Hungary or over the border. The Őrség national park is famous for nature trails and rare animal species.
Sopron, Szombathely, Kőszeg and Sárvár are pretty historical towns with medieval and baroque sights, car free historical city centres, shopping areas and a very good selection of restaurants.
There are plenty of thermal bathes in the area, the most famous are in Bükk and Sárvár.

There are regular train services connecting the north west of Hungary to Vienna.

Property prices in this area do attract a small premium as more savvy Austrians have opted to buy property in Hungary and commute to work rather than pay over the odds in the capital city of Vienna.

GyorGyőr is the most important city of north west Hungary, the capital of Győr-Moson-Sopron county and Western Transdanubia region, and — halfway between Budapest and Vienna — situated on one of the important roads of Central Europe. The city is the sixth largest in Hungary, and one of the seven main regional centres of the country.
Győr has a beautiful baroque pedestrianised centre with lovely shops, restaurants and cafés. There are many sights, churches, museums to visit.
There is also a recently modernised spa called Raba Quelle with several indoor and outdoor pools, slides and saunas.

 

audi factoryAudi AG subsidiary company Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. has a large factory in Győr, where the Audi TT sports car, the A3 Cabriolet, A3 Limousine and many engines (1,913,053 engines in 2007) are built. The factory opened in 1994, at first producing inline-four engines for the Audi marque. Business then grew to assembling the Audi TT Coupé and TT Roadster. Eventually, V6 and V8 engines were also included, and after the acquisition of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Audi then began to build V10 engines. The V10s for Audi vehicles are fully assembled here, but only the cylinder blocks for the Lamborghini V10.[4] Engines are also supplied to other Volkswagen Group marques, but over 90% of Audi vehicle engines are made here.
The factory can be visited, there are several guided tours in Hungarian and German and at the time of writing this in English at 12 o’clock on Wednesdays. Please book in advance  via their website or over the phone.
AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft.
9027 Győr, Kardán u. 1.
+36 96 66 8660
welcomecenter@audi.hu

mosonmagyaovarMosonmagyaróvár is a town  close to both the Austrian and Slovakian borders and has a population of 30,200. It has a lovely centre with sights, restaurants, cafés and plenty of Hotels. The old 15th century castle is part of the University of West Hungary.
There is an excellent thermal spa here called Bio-Flexum with many indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and different treatments.
Dentistry appears to be by far the largest economical activity in Mosonmagyaróvár with approximately 150 practising dentists. Worldwide this is the highest number of dentists in ratio to the total population. The reason for this is found in the demand for low-cost dentistry by Austrians, who have been crossing borders to Hungary for decades.

PannonhalmaThe Benedictine Pannonhalma Archabbey is the most notable landmark in Pannonhalma and one of the oldest historical monuments in Hungary, founded in 996. It is located near the town, on top of a hill (282 m). Saint Martin of Toursis believed to have been born at the foot of this hill, hence its former name, Mount of Saint Martin. This is the second largest territorial abbey in the world, after the one in Monte Cassino. There is a grammar school, a seminary and a retirement home within the abbey. There is also wine and herb production, and souvenirs can be bought at the museum shop. For information on visiting hours and guided tours please visit their website.

 

BukfurdoiBük is a small town in western Hungary famous for the thermal waters, half of the town in hotels, guest houses and restaurants catering for the visitors. One of Europe’s best-known and most popular medicinal spas, open-air swimming pools and adventure baths and Hungary’s second largest spa with the most modern sauna world and special Medical Wellness Centre looks forward to your visit in Bükfürdő offering each generation perfect recreation. The spa located on 14 hectares is a real spa complex with its 32 pools and a water surface of more than 5200 m2.
One of the most well known hotels in Bük is the Birdland Resort & Spa, which was awarded the Best Hungarian Wellness Hotel in 2007. This hotel also has a golf course.

KoszegKőszeg is a charming town very close to the Austrian border, a very popular tourist destination. It has a beautiful medieval centre, Gothic and baroque churches, museums, charming old buildings. There are excellent restaurants and cafés in the town. There is outstanding wine production in the area and you can taste the local wines at the vineyards and restaurants. There are lovely hiking routes in the nearby mountains, some take you over to Austria.

SzombathelySzombathely is the 10th largest city in Hungary. It is the administrative centre of Vas county in the west of the country, located near the border with Austria. The oldest recorded city in Hungary,  founded by the Romans in 45 AD. It is known as the birthplace of Saint Martin of Tours, celebrated at Martinmas, and Rudolf Virág, Leopold Bloom‘s father in James Joyce’s Ulysses- as Joyce actually worked as an English teacher in Trieste.

Szombathely has a lovely pedestrianised centre with pretty buildings, lovely restaurants, cafés and patisseries. There are excellent shops and shopping malls too. The sights include Roman ruins and temples, medieval ruins, baroque churches museums. There is a beautiful arboretum at Kámon and an open air museum.

There is a fantastic adventure playground called “Kalandváros” to entertain the little ones.

lake FertoLake Neusiedl  or Fertő  is the second largest Endorheic lake in Central Europe, straddling the Austrian–Hungarian border. The lake covers315 km², of which 240 km² is on the Austrian side and 75 km² on the Hungarian side. In 1993 the National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel gained international acceptance as an IUCN Category II preserve. In 2001 the national parks in Austria and Fertő-Hanság in Hungary were together accepted as a World Heritage Site. Lake Neusiedl See and its surrounding areas in Austria also enjoy protection through the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
There are excellent beaches in both countries, and there is a cycle path all the way round the lake. It is also a heaven for bird watchers and nature lovers.

NagycenkEven though Nagycenk is tiny village right at the Austrian border, there are plenty to see and do. There is a lovely castle of the Széchenyi family, a small gauge railway and a small gauge railway museum with 9 different types of engines, a gorgeous Lime tree alle planted in 1754, an old tool museum,  and an horse riding centre called Ilona Major.

 

 

BalfBalf is a small village 4 miles from Sopron next to the Lake Fertő. It lies in a traditional wine growing area and almost every villager grows and makes their own wine. There are several springs in the area and already the Romans used the healing water of Balf and there is a hospital and a health spa offering relief for people suffering from locomotor disorders. You can also buy the Balf mineral water in almost every supermarket in the country.

JakJák is a small village at the Austrian border, yet almost all Hungarians have visited it as the parish church of Ják is the most complete Romanesque Church in Hungary. It was originally built as the church of a Benedictine monastery. This church actually has two copies in Budapest, a tiny one at the city park and one at Lehel Square.

 

OrsegŐrség National Park, is a beautiful area at the Austrian border, a land of lush gentle hills, rivers and streams, peat bogs and marshland…and really pretty villages of small traditional farm houses and fruit orchards. There are visitor’s centres, demonstration sites and nature trails. This area is also famous for pottery and there are many potters workshops and a Pottery Museum.

 

SarvarSárvár is a small town in the west of Hungary but has become a tourist centre of international renown because of the thermal waters. The most outstanding sights include: the old castle, the arboretum, the neo-Classical Lutheran church and the Roman Catholic church, the park forest and the Csónakázó Lake. A new Thermal and Wellness bath of European standard was opened in 2002 awaiting visitors in pleasant surroundings.
A short ride from Sárvár lies the Ság hegy, and old volcano which is a protected area with geological treasures. In 2005 part of the film Eragon was shot here in the old volcano.