Hungary has more to offer than paprika and goulash. Many of its artists and inventors have become world renowned, just like the wellness culture enjoyed at numerous thermal baths and health spas. Furthermore, visitors appreciate the flair of the capital: Due to its art nouveau architecture, wide boulevards and traditional cafes, Budapest is referred to as the “Paris of the east”. Würth has been present in Hungary since 1988 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary with its branch offices there.
COLOSSAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING
The parliament building in Budapest is the third-largest government building in the world. It is 96 meters tall, has 691 rooms and a total of 20 kilometers of stairs.
SWEET GRAPE JUICE
Hungary is famous for its wine. One of the most well-known wines is the sweet Tokaji. The cultivation region surrounding Tokaj city was declared the world’s first unified wine-growing region in 1737 – almost 120 years before Bordeaux in France.
A CHALLENGING LANGUAGE
According to the USA’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Hungarian is considered one of the most difficult languages in the world. No wonder: The alphabet has 44 letters.
Hungarian researcher Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered vitamin C and was the first to extract it in large quantities from Paprika. He received the Nobel Prize for this discovery in 1937.
There are still cowboys in Hungary’s lowlands: The Csikós are herdsmen who live in the lowlands like their ancestors. They are renowned for their dressage and horsemanship.
DO NOT TOAST WITH BEER
For historical reasons, toasting with beer is taboo. In 1849, the Austrian military executed Hungarian insurgents and drank to that with the barley juice.
LABYRINTH OF BUDAPEST
A 120-kilometer-long system of caves is located directly below Budapest. Over the centuries, numerous thermal springs wore holes through the limestone on which the city is built.
The Rubik’s cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik. This test of patience can be twisted into 43 trillion different positions.
BALATON SPA PARADISE
The largest inland lake in Central Europe is located in Hungary. Measuring 79 kilometers in length and covering almost 600 km², Lake Balaton is a wellness and sailing paradise.
Paprika plays an important role in the national cuisine. Reportedly, it was brought to Hungary in the 17th century by the Turks or by ethnic groups from the Balkans. At first, paprika was used primarily by poor people to season their meals.
A PIECE OF HOLLYWOOD
Hungarian immigrants helped build Hollywood: Adolph Zukor founded Paramount Studios and Vilmos Fried the Fox film production company. Director Michael Curtiz – also Hungarian – filmed the classic Casablanca.
A WET NATIONAL SPORT
Hungary’s national sport is water polo. The Hungarian team has won gold nine times at the Olympic Games, making it the record holder in this discipline.
3 QUESTIONS FOR VIG RICHÁRD, MARKETING MANAGER AT WÜRTH HUNGARY
Which places would you recommend to someone who would like to visit Hungary?
Despite the size of the country, Hungary offers many different sights. Visitors must not miss the capital, Budapest, with its history and beauty, as well as Lake Balaton. It is the largest inland lake in Central Europe.
In your opinion, what foods are characteristic of Hungary?
Hungarian gastronomy can be legitimately proud of its diverse and unique-tasting, traditional cuisine. I would consider the goulash soup, stuffed bell peppers, and Gundel pancakes to be among the most tasty dishes. But the unique elements in Hungarian cuisine are also quite flavorful, including the main courses cooked from various vegetables or the stews with different types of dumplings. Tasting the Hungarian aperitif, a fruit schnapps called “Pálinka”, is also a must.
Which Würth products are the most popular among the customer?
The ten most commonly purchased Würth products in Hungary are:
1. Brake cleaner 500 ml
2. Brake cleaner 20 l
3. Hand cleaner plus 4000 ml
4. Brake cleaner rapid degreaser 600 ml
5. BMF workshop cleaner 5 l
6. Mounting rails 39×37, 3150 mm
7. Quick Fresh Active deodorizer 100 ml
8. Adhesive lubricant HHS 2000 500 ml
9. Multi maintenance oil 400 ml
10.Adhesive lubricant HHS 5000 500 ml