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A Travellers Guide to Hungary

Hungary became a Christian Kingdom around 1000 A.D. and for many centuries acted as a bulwark against Ottoman Turkish expansion into Europe.

The country eventually evolved to become part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which fell apart during World War One. And then fell under Communist rule after World War II.

During the leadership of Janos Kadar in 1968, Hungary began to liberalize its economy. Hungary had its first multiparty elections in 1990 and started a free market economy. It joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.

It has plans to adopt the euro by 2010.

The country is landlocked and has borders with Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Austria and Slovenia. Almost three quarters of the country is a low plain which is surrounded by the Carpathians, the Alps and the Dinara mountains. It has only one major city, Budapest, which attracts an estimated 60 per cent of all foreign investment.

Formerly a planned economy, the private sector (which has attracted substantial foreign investment) now accounts for over 80 per cent of national output. Hungary's inflation and unemployment have both been brought under control and with the economy expected to benefit from EU membership continued economic growth is forecast.

Most property is now in private hands, a trend encourage by mortgage subsidies. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor's 2005 European Housing Review a 'significant housing boom' between 2000 and 2003 was followed by a decline in housing market activity last year as mortgage subsidies ended and interest rates rose. House prices remain comparatively cheap by European standards.

Taxation of property interests, especially those purchased via a company, is relatively favourable in Hungary while letting laws are said to favour landlords. In the case of apartments, an important part of the market in Budapest, tenants are expected to contribute to maintaining common areas and to renovations.

Hungary has a land registration system. Buyers of registered property are assured titled subject to registered encumbrances and legal restrictions. However, the registration system came under strain following liberalisation of the economy, especially after 1990. This led to a backlog in registrations which quickly escalated to mammoth proportions and even more substantial delays.

Things have improved more recently but registration can still take considerably longer than the 30 days allowed - although 'marginal notes' are used to note pending registrations.

Obtaining a clean title to property is one of the acknowledged dangers of buying property in Hungary and at least one law firm advises clients to 'signing nothing' until everything has been checked.

Import of currency in amounts sufficient to fund purchase of a house or apartment has to be declared and restrictions currently apply to export of currency.

Hungary became a Christian kingdom in A.D. 1000 and for many centuries served as a bulwark against Ottoman Turkish expansion in Europe. The kingdom eventually became part of the polyglot Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed during World War I.

The country fell under Communist rule following World War II. In 1956, a revolt and an announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with a massive military intervention by Moscow. Under the leadership of Janos KADAR in 1968, Hungary began liberalizing its economy, introducing so-called "Goulash Communism."

Hungary held its first multiparty elections in 1990 and initiated a free market economy. It joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.


Choosing the Best Accommodations for Your Next Vacation

Several factors contribute to the extravagance of the yearly vacation, including room and board, meals, and travel time. Many hotels offer simple accommodations, while others include a few perks to make the trip worthwhile. A bed and breakfast, or B&B, is a different story altogether; they are locally owned and operated businesses that truly help customize your vacation.

Bed and Breakfast Basics

A B&B is often a private home consisting of fewer than 10 bedrooms. Most offer private bathrooms as well, but some simply have a shared bathroom, depending on size and occupancy potential. The host provides one meal, usually breakfast, hence the name bed and breakfast.

Meals are usually cooked by the owner of the facility and served at a specific time. Many hosts offer guests meals with family meals to help acclimate guests to the local cuisine and dining etiquette.

All guests are invited to partake in meals offered by the B&B. You may find very interesting conversation from all parts of the world at the breakfast table.

Rarely, and sometimes by request, meals may be served to the room. Guests may request breakfast in their room, depending on the owner of the B&B and their requirements for guests' meals.

Bedrooms in a B&B are often small, cozy and quaint. The purpose of a B&B is to make your vacation more authentic and less commercial.

Bed and Breakfast or Hotel?

A hotel is often the accommodation of choice for people making vacation reservations. This is due in part to limited marketing of B&B's compared to mass marketing of hotel chains. The simplicity of the Bed and Breakfast is often overlooked by people planning an ordinary vacation.

A bed and breakfast offers a very unique accommodation possibility for people planning an extraordinary vacation experience. Honeymooners, and people traveling on a special occasion, often prefer a quieter, less commercialized place to rest. A B&B offers that distinct difference between your ordinary hotel room and a quiet, homey atmosphere.

Quaint Doesn't Mean Technologically Inferior

The largest hotel chains offer Wi-Fi to people who enjoy surfing the net or require an internet connection to work away from home. Most B&B's also offer internet access ranging from Wi-Fi to cable internet connections. The internet connection is often stronger and more reliable due to the fact that the establishment is smaller with fewer concrete walls to penetrate.

Explore a whole new world by booking a stay with a B&B instead of a hotel the next time you plan a family vacation or just a weekend away. Bed and breakfasts are locally owned and operated. The owners are often life-long residents of the town and familiar with every aspect of the history and growth of their surroundings.

Planning a trip to study historical truths about an area or explore historic areas should always include a stay at a B&B. You may be surprised at the amount of local knowledge and history you can learn during a simple conversation. Ask about tours and local history presentations as well as randomly visiting small businesses in the area for information.


Tips For Traveling By Charter Flight -- Experiencing The Full Benefits Of A Charter Jet

You can eliminate the hassles of traveling by commercial airlines by choosing to travel in comfort via a charter jet. While many people think of taking a charter flight as a luxury, few realize there are additional benefits to flying with this alternative to a regular airline. This article provides a look at some industry secrets and tips that will help you experience the full benefit of chartering a flight for your next trip.


Many times, the passengers make the mistake of packing too lightly. While is it difficult to maneuver multiple large and heavy suitcases through airports and hotels and on and off planes, you can usually pack more than you think you can, even with space and weight restrictions. Packing light may make travel easier, but it usually means you may leave important items out of your suitcase.

When it comes to packing, it is best to contact your charter flight company for a recommendation. Then it's time to make a plan. Write out a list of what you'll need a few days before your trip. Review it the next day, removing items and adding new items you think of. When it's time for your trip, you'll have the perfect list to pack by. After packing, review your list one more time before heading off to your charter jet.


Many people don't realize that a charter flight is full of perks. It's more than just a seat on a small aircraft. There are usually a number of comforts and additional services included that will work to make your trip even more enjoyable. When booking your trip, ask about perks like food, drinks, pillows, blankets, and entertainment, especially for long flights. With commercial airlines cutting their additional services, many who use this transportation method don't usually even think to ask.

In addition to inquiring about perks, ask if you can request specific perks like a vegetarian meal, a certain movie, or even requesting a cotton blanket instead of a fleece blanket. In addition to comfort, the additional services dramatically set a charter jet apart from a commercial jet any day.

Things To Do

Most of the time, people are so excited about the actual destination that they forget to think about passing the time while on board their charter flight. While entertainment is a perk of flying a charter jet, you may want to bring your own things to do. This can include reading a book, drawing, listening to your .mp3 player, bringing your laptop to work on writing your own novel, or anything else you like to do.

Since service and comfort are what set a charter flight provider apart from their commercial counterparts, they will do everything in their power to satisfy your needs. However, keep in mind that they do have FAA rules, restrictions, and guidelines to follow, especially in regards to space restrictions, technical issues, and the weather.

It doesn't matter whether you're a grandma in a small town or a real estate mogul from Chicago, charter jet companies can offer you a relaxing and comfortable flight. Just make sure you take advantage of all the benefits provided.


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