Hungary: World’s Largest Geothermal Cave System

Hungary, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast. The country's capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the Visegrád Group, and the Schengen Area. The official language is Hungarian, which is the most widely spoken non-Indo-European language in Europe.

Following centuries of successive habitation by Celts, Romans, Huns, Slavs, Gepids, and Avars, the foundation of Hungary was laid in the late 9th century by the Hungarian grand prince Árpád in the Honfoglalás ("homeland-conquest"). His great-grandson Stephen I ascended to the throne in 1000 CE, converting the country to a Christian kingdom. By the 12th century, Hungary became a middle power within the Western world, reaching a golden age by the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács in 1526 and about 150 years of partial Ottoman occupation (1541–1699), Hungary came under Habsburg rule, and later formed a significant part of the Austro–Hungarian Empire (1867–1918). The currency is Forint (HUF).

Some interesting facts are:
1. The 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula One race to take place behind the Iron Curtain.

2. The University of Pécs, the oldest university of Hungary, was founded in 1367.

3. One of the most valuable incunabulum in the Library of the British Museum in London has a following opening sentence –“Az Ephesom helyeknek yrth Zent Pál levelének elsew capitoliuma”. The text, which is written in Hungarian, is a part of the book that was published in 1533.

4. The famous Lake Balaton is situated here, which is the largest one in entire central Europe. Apart from this, the country is also a home to a number of spa towns and hot springs.

5. Culture in Hungary differs from place to place. You might be able to find a large variety of cultures and languages just by moving a few kilometers. Also, the culture of the Great Plains is different from that in the mountains.

6. Hungarians were the inventors of a few amazing things such as the Rubik’s Cube, ball point pens and holography.

7. The capital city of Hungary, is home for Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world after one in New York. The Synagogue is made up in the Moorish architectural style and was built in the mid nineteenth century.

8. It is believed that if you are in Budapest and you touch the pen of an anonymous statue which sits in a park near the Heroes square then you would become a great writer. Though the statue looks more like a grim reaper but according to the natives, it is of the chronicler of King Bela.

9. World’s largest geothermal cave system is found in Hungary. It is located in the undergrounds of Budapest. Adding to the fact, there is also present the Europe’s largest underground lake which has been recently discovered and is located under Gellért Hill.

10. Hungarian is officially among the most difficult language to be learnt and spoken. This has been certified by the British Foreign Office survey. As per the European Union figures, Hungary has the highest death rate by cancer and highest female suicide rate in Europe.

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