Dental Tourism - Hungary
Hungary borders seven other countries in Eastern Europe, rivaled only by China and Russia in this regard, which border fourteen countries each. Hungarian Goulash is what comes to mind when most Westerners hear the country mentioned; however, neither the number of border stations nor the spicy stew are what this beautiful, peaceful country are best known for.
A tourist traveling around this part of Europe might become confused by the national emblem of Hungary; because it looks like Hungary won a game of Capture the Flag with Italy and then proceeded to turn it on its head. It’s a fine-looking flag, nonetheless, with its bold, broad red, white, and green horizontal stripes. Plus, if any of the culinary secrets are shared between the two countries, it would certainly please the likes of Anthony Bourdain. The cooking in Hungary is very hearty, centering primarily on meats, seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, dairy products and cheese. It has some Asiatic and other exotic influences; however, it typically remains within the realm of Western European.
That is the home cooking part. Hungary, being a modern country, of course has its international flair represented in the various quarters around its capital, Budapest. Being the flagship of a country that rebelled against communism and shrugged off the shackles of the Iron Curtain, Budapest reflects the liberal, open mindset of a truly progressive European country. The Hungarians held off the Ottoman Empire for centuries, with a rich history of military strength and cultural style dating back over 1,000 years. That eclectic tapestry of time is proudly displayed throughout the streets of Budapest. With close to one and three-quarter million people, the city amply satisfies most tastes, without crowded congestion. Nightlife abounds for those who are still on the go after a day of sightseeing. Being a predominantly Christian country, modesty and decorum are always in vogue; but veils are optional.
The geography and climate of Hungary are pleasant. A river runs through it, as the beautiful Danube winds its way across the country on its way to the ocean. The climate is classified as oceanic, with a normal seasonal shift from reasonably hot summers to snowy but not bitterly cold winters. For most expatriates and tourists, it may just remind them of home. Precipitation is moderate and steady throughout the year. For those who prefer warm rays, the sunny days can be rather limited. This does not dampen the spirit of the locals, however, who remain upbeat and friendly. At night, the ample lighting all around the magnificent architecture helps to brighten the mood dramatically. For anyone seeking a quick pick-me-up, the thermal spas offer a relaxing getaway any day.
With a dynamic economy and democratic government, Hungary is a rapidly growing country. Its infrastructure is state of the art, and rail travel is a big part of its expanding transportation system. All of Hungary is readily accessible by all modes of transportation, including two international airports: One in Budapest, and one in Debrecen. Driving from any of the seven neighboring countries is a viable option as well.
In fact, half of all Austrians travel to Hungary to have their dental work done; owing to the fact that some clinics are as little as forty minutes away from Vienna. Dental care in Hungary is considered to be some of the best in the European Union, if not the world. The number of Germans, Swiss, and British dental tourists visiting each year has climbed into the tens of thousands. It is hard to argue with numbers like these when evaluating the quality of care here; owing to the fact that discriminating consumers always vote with their feet.
Clinics specialize in all dental replacement procedures, including crowns, bridges, and implants, supported by the most modern dental laboratory products available. Of particular note is the preparation of zirconium crowns prepared and installed for as low as 280 Euros. With prices like that, one might consider that the cost difference for an entire treatment plan here could pay for the vacation.
Who knows, you might even pick up some of the local Magyar language, considered to be equal only to Finnish in difficulty. You can relax knowing that most professional care providers here speak English well enough to communicate your treatment needs. So, enjoy your time in this heart of Old Europe, before you head back home with the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
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Budapest: Getting There
Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD) which lies about 16 km from the city. It connects the city to over 30 countries. From the airport, one has a variety of choices like taxis, airport train and airport minibus shuttle in order to reach the city.
Where: Budapest, 1185 Hungary Call:+36 1 296 7000 Website: www.bud.hu/english
Trains connect Budapest with almost all countries in central and Eastern Europe. All trains arrive at Budapest Keleti station, unless stated otherwise. Travelling into Budapest by Bus is also an option, however all long distance bus stations are located outside of the city but are very well connected.
Inside the city, one can get around easily through the use of public buses, taxis, trams, bicycles, the underground metro, rental cars or simply walk. When using public transport it is advisable to purchase a travel card rather than single tickets.
Things to Do
Pay a visit to Buda Castle, built in the 13th century, is located on Castle Hill. It was declared as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Originally home to the Royal family, the castle is now one of the most popular museums of the city.
The Chain Bridge, the first permanent bridge over River Danube, was opened in 1849. It officially merged the eastern Buda to the western Pest.
Heroes Square Budapest or Hősök tere is an important square of the city and home to the magnificent Millennium Memorial. It also borders the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art.
Other attractions are Matthias Church, Margaret Island, Holocaust Memorial Centre, House of Terror, City Park, and The Gellert Hill Cave.
If you are all for quality jazz and blues, then the Budapest Jazz Club is your spot, where you'll be greeted by live music every night, performed by the best Hungarian musicians, jazz students, bands and foreign performers.
Where: 1136 Budapest, Hollán Ernő utca 7. Call: +36 70 413 9837 Website: www.bjc.hu
Akvárium Klub, deliversa varied program of Hungarian and international live music, from indie, jazz, world and pop to electronica and beyond.
Where: V Erzsébet tér Call: +36 6 30 860 3368 Website: www.akvariumklub.hu
Where to Eat
Zellers is a popular restaurant that comes highly recommended and offers a taste of local Hungarian cuisine, just be sure to book ahead to make sure you get a chance to get a taste of their amazing home-style food.
Where: Izabella utca 36-38, 1077, Budapest 1077 Call: 30 651 0880
Walzer Café is an excellent and affordable choice for breakfast brunch or lunch with superb coffee and free Wi-Fi!
Where: Tancsics Mihaly Ulica 12, Budapest 1014
Ways to Pay
The Hungarian Forint is the currency of Hungary.