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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Hungary


Hungarian Geography - Lake Balaton
Lake Balaton

Hungary is a landlocked country on the southern side of Central Europe. Hungary is bordered by Austria (west), Slovenia (west), Croatia (southwest), Serbia (south), Romania (southeast), Ukraine (northeast), and Slovakia (north).

Geographically, Hungary is very flat and accessible by land and river. Hungary has a number of rivers running from north to south, most notably the Danube River making sustainable farming very accessible; these rivers and the lack of mountains also makes transportation very simple. This combination creates a country with a fairly high population density everywhere except the far northeast where some highlands stand.


Hungarian Geography - Hamor Lake
Hamor Lake

Hungary's seasons are fairly distinct. Winters (December-February) can be cold, rainy, windy, and snowy. During this time, Budapest averages about 30˚ F (-1˚ C). Summers tend to be hot as Budapest averages about 75˚ F (24˚ C) and Lake Balaton averages 80˚ F (26˚ C).


Hungary is a fairly homogenous country geographically and their wildlife reflects this. Hungary is home to deer and boars, plus smaller mammals, such as rabbits and small rodents, but few other mammals. There is perhaps better diversity in the landlocked country's sea life as the rivers and lakes are home to various freshwater fish, including pike and perch.

There are few birds in Hungary other than those that quickly pass through on their migration routes. Partridges and pheasants are perhaps the most common.

This page was last updated: March, 2013