In today's Hungary travel vlog, we discuss 5 Things You Should NEVER Do in Hungary and Don't Do This in Budapest.
There are a few other posts about Hungary: 25 Things to do in Budapest, Hungary Travel Guide, DO'S AND DON’T IN HUNGARY, Visit Budapest – Five Things You Will Love & Hate about Budapest, Hungary, and 3 Crazy Things About BUDAPEST. But none really touch on the things you should never do in Hungary. So I decided to make this travel vlog!
This isn't a complete list of what not to do in Hungary , just some things I observed from my recent trip to Budapest, Hungary. If you are Hungarian, a Hungarian expat, or living in Hungary and you have any other suggestions of things related to the topic of don't do this in Hungary , make sure you comment below. Make sure you also try Palinka! Palinka is a fruit brandy! If offered Palinka it is rude to turn it down.
Hungary tourism is a big driver of the Hungarian economy, so they do overlook somethings that tourist do, but try to respect the cultural differences when you travel Hungary.
Hopefully you can use this to supplement your Hungary travel guide advice and not be viewed as a rude tourist.
I love Hungary – don't let the rules or culture differences keep you from visiting. Just be mindful of those cultural differences and enjoy this awesome country.
5 Things You Should Never Do In Hungary
Let me start off by saying, if I had to recommend just one city in Europe to visit it would probably be Budapest. It’s got everything, old world charm but in a modern city, the architecture is amazing and exactly what you think of when you think European city, it’s very safe, the food is amazing and it’s soooo affordable compared to comparable cities.
1 – Never clink glasses or bottles together. There was a revolution in Hungary in 1848 that was defeated. Legend has it that Austrians celebrated in Vienna by toasting and clinking their glasses. Hungarians vowed not to cheers with glasses for 150 years. While that time frame ended in 1998 – many Hungarians still do not cheers! It was actually against the law until the mid 1990s!
2 – Never make the Hungry Hungary joke to a Hungarian. It’s one of those things that non Hungarians say to Hungarians and well….it’s just not funny. Don’t do that!!!!
3 – Never forget to tip. After spending 8 months in countries where tipping isn’t customary and sometimes considered offensive, I often forget to tip! In Budapest and Hungary in general tipping is customary. The acceptable tipping rate is around 15%. Side note: Don’t say thank you until you’ve paid your tab. Saying thank you when you pay your tab lets the server know you’re done and you don’t expect any change. So make sure you don’t do that if you want change back.
4 – Never refuse Palinka. Palinka is a fruit brandy that is a favorite with Hungarians. Hungarians like to say Palinka in small amounts is medicine, in large amounts a remedy! You don’t drink Palinka alone – it’s a drink Hungarians have with friends. It’s is a big no-no to turn down Palinka if it’s offered to you.
5 – Never say Buda-PEST. That’s the quickest way to get on a Hungarian’s bad side. It’s Buddah – PESHT. Side note: DONT CALL IT Bucharest! That’s in Romania! I made that mistake…didn’t turn out well for me! In my defense I had one to many Palinka!!!!
Also, never miss a chance to hang out at one of the Budapest ruin bars.
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Ez teljesen igaz.
De most télneg magyar vagyok
Yeah I am Hungarian but I still watched it
Haha végre valaki 😀
Brothers forever 🇭🇺🇵🇱✝️☦
Love to Poland 🇵🇱 from a Hungarian 🇭🇺 living in Canada 🇨🇦 . ❤️👍
@Calum’s Man Everyone in my family was born in Hungary, so this don’t cling thing entirely went unnoticed it seems.
@Imola I am 24. You don’t cling your beers nowadays just because of austrians? In 2021? I mean obviously it’s your choice, I just don’t really understand why. I never even heard of this dont cling thing in my entire life, never read of it anywhere, my parents, grandparents and friends’ too always clung their beers way before this 150 years ended.
@Draco19970125 I mean my mom was born in Hungary so maybe that’s why? Idk how your family is
@Zoltán Antal-Kis Before 1998 we said to never cling beers? I am 24 years old, but I never even heard of it.
Everyone in my family, in my friends’ family clung their beers, parents and grandparents too, way before 1998.
@Calum’s Man Really?
I never even heard of it in my entire life until I saw this video. Nobody in my family or among my friends ever mentioned it.
@Szabolcs Horváth Really?! I was in Budapest month ago and I was walking on this area, without knowing of it 😮
Neeeeeeeee megvan (persze mert Budapesten élek)
@isti nagy I’ve lived nearly two years at a distance of two streets away from Blaha. I’ve witnessed a knifing attempt from 2 meters away from me. Luckily, posted police members intervened swiftly, but you may agree that such experience influences anyone’s own perception of (relative) security. I’m still *not* saying that place is *much* more dangerous then others because similar events can happen everywhere in the city. I guess most of the *commenters* here don’t try to frighten away tourists, but only illustrate that they have a more detailed picture of the local situation, compared to a random traveler who may have seen many other places but most certainly have a fundamentally different perspective.
Yes, Marci, Hös utca (Hero Street) in District X. exist. I live in the same district, although not near Hös utca, but drive past it frequently. I don’t think this spot is on many tourists lists though. It is one street in the district. There are other spots too, where drugs are a problem. However, there are areas like Hös utca in many other countries. It is not unique to Hungary. I never had safety issues growing up or any other times.
Hiába a büszke keménykedés, Budapest meglehetősen biztonságos város. Időnként történnek vad dolgok, az igaz, de nyugodtan higgyétek el, a nyócker is csak kismiska egyes külföldi nagyvárosi negyedekhez képest. A “Dzsumbujt” már felszántották, a Hős utca meg csak egy pici rész, ráadásul ott van mellette a készenléti rendőrség és a TEK központja. Elég jó itt a közbiztonság higgyétek el, sok külföldi van elalélva attól, hogy itt nyugodtan lehet sétálni és andalogni éjszaka. (Jó, külföldiként azért nem bárhol, de azért majdnem.)
Right back at you, brother.
Ye ám hungary I would be angery
They have every right to after Roosevelt’s Grand Betrayal at Yalta. You expect a people to forget the murder, oppression, humiliation, impoverishment by the Americans?
And don’t dare blame UK- it was a very distant 2nd place to USA from 1910. And they accepyed thousands of Hungarians intobthe Commonwealth as refugees while US was not letting black people in through the front door especialky the Whitehouse (testimony of Jessie Owen who Hitler waved at as he had a set time to arrive and depart and was given the first Adidas endorsement).
@Ferenc Lutter But why does that even matter? If someone mixes up the two names I just think, that he/she comes from very far away and know pretty less about our local nations’ differences and history.
Once my class Máté pronounced Ferenc Puskás as: Ferenc Pooszkasz
ME RIGHT THIS SECOND HAHA
No it is an issue of lingering Soviet malpractice as Roosevelt gave Stalin Carte Blanche to Eastern Europe- but just because UK forces were many times higher than US at DDay- Americans the great liberator.
Hungaria has all the systemic issues which Orban is fixing but EU sabotage, which all the Eastern European countries face- low labour costs comparative to Western Europe, outstanding probably noxious loans, it’s very difficult to build a domestic economy after US looted the firmer USsR and left people broke.
@Aldred thats why i think we should tip high when we visit. Not just in restaurants but everywhere.
Artificially broken economy
austrian supermarkets fully agree
well, it’s not a joke until your beating a very dead horse with it. I’m sure you understand British banter and wind-up humour. PS we opposed giving you and Eastern Europe away to that Stalin bastard. Roosevelt caved.
Ik how is it feels. Its really annoy me
Don’t be hateful just tell them if you are hungry eat Turkey or Ostrich. Word for me in California.
Thanks for the explanation, I hope everything works out for you.
Because I was not able to find a job back home with a master’s degree and no job experience.
I returned after 10 years and still working in an international school because from a typical Hungarian job I still wouldn’t be able to afford living in Budapest.
Places like this are great for tourists but salaries here are ridiculous…
As for MÁV… I lived for over 20 years in London and the south of England. The rail system is terrible. Delays, cancellations, technical problems… And the price of tickets are very very expensive. Trains in Hungary are not perfect. But believe me, nearly not as problematic as in England.
My English husband praises public transport in Hungary. He said, it is much better than in England.
@Gábor Kozár yes because he doesn’t knows I think About Törökszentmiklós or abony but they are good places to but they don’t have that much famous things
Legalábbis a màv Esztergom nyugati között sosem késik
Màv a legjobb , BKK rosszabb 😎
És a jól ismert ” van nálad cigi? Buszjegyre kell”
grapefruit with a drop of palinka.
Csepel sem valami szép kerület
@30 And A Wake Up Also avoid “Blaha Lujza Tér”. Its best if you dont go there.
I heard about a legendary place called the Blaha aluljáró
@BoneCrushR a.k.a. ImProWise Én sem tudom, mert 60 éve külföldön élek
same with “Szia uram”
@Péter Kovács Èn ìs
Its still up on youtube if you search “elment a villamos”