Hungary

Though small in size, Hungary's impact on European history and culture is immeasurable. The people of Hungary, called Magyars, speak a unique language and have formed a culture unlike any other in the region: this distinctiveness has been both a source of pride and an obstacle for more than 1100 years. Hungary is well known for it's passion for music and cuisine, with especially rich traditions in folk and classical music, serving as the birthplace of legendary performers and composers including Franz Liszt, Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly. The Hungarian physical geography is contrasting, with mountains in the West, a vast grassland in the East, and hundreds of rivers and lakes in between. The largest of those rivers, the Danube, dramatically splits Hungary's crown-jewel and capital city, Budapest, into two.