Hungary Weather and Climate
Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe and borders the countries Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
About 10 million people live in an area of 93,036 square kilometers. This results in a population density of around 107 inhabitants per square kilometer.
In western Hungary the landscape is characterized by the foothills of the Alps. The north has elevations called the Mátra Mountains. Here is the Kékes (1014 meters), the highest mountain in the country.
The Hungarian Plain takes up almost half of the country’s area and is below 120 meters above sea level. In the west of the country lies Lake Balaton, which is visited by countless holidaymakers every year.
The capital of Hungary is Budapest in the north of the country on the banks of the Danube. Budapest can be reached from Frankfurt in about 1 ½ hours by flight.
Climate in Hungary
In the west of Hungary the climate is slightly oceanic, in the east it is more continental. There are therefore quite large differences in temperature between summer and winter. The January is considered average than kältester month with night temperatures of minus 4 to minus 5.5 ° C. In many regions of Hungary there can be snowfalls in winter.
Statistically speaking, you will find most hours of sunshine in the south of the country, but from October the days will be noticeably shorter and the temperatures in autumn will already drop to night values of around 5 degrees Celsius.
The rainiest month is June with up to 80 millimeters of precipitation, the driest month is March with less than 30 millimeters of rain. In Budapest there is somewhat lower rainfall of a maximum of 63 millimeters over the course of the year. Compared to its neighboring countries, however, Hungary is generally very dry. From the end of April the daytime temperatures scratch the 20 degree mark, between June and August summery 25 to 27 degrees are reached.
When to go to Hungary
Due to a wide range of travel options, Hungary can be visited all year round. However, the best travel time with ideal conditions is in summer, especially in the months of May to September. The pleasantly warm temperatures are convincing here, it rarely gets unbearably hot, which is why even midsummer is well suited for exploring the city.
The months of July are recommended for a holiday at Lake Balatonand August. The fringe months of April and October are still well suited for cultural and architectural focuses, but the temperatures do not really differ positively from the values in Germany. You should therefore attach importance to appropriate clothing, as it can get very fresh, especially in the evening hours.
Optimal travel time for the regions
In the following overview you can see the best travel time depending on the region (Hungary).
|Place||Best travel time|
|Debrecen||May, June, July, August and September|
|Budapest||May, June, July, August and September|
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Debrecen (Hungary)
|Daytime temperature||1 ° C||4 ° C||10 ° C||17 ° C||22 ° C||25 ° C||27 ° C||26 ° C||22 ° C||17 ° C||9 ° C||3 ° C|
|Night temperature||-6 ° C||-3 ° C||1 ° C||5 ° C||10 ° C||13 ° C||14 ° C||14 ° C||10 ° C||5 ° C||1 ° C||-3 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||37||30||34||42||59||80||65||61||38||31||45||44|
|Hours of sunshine||2||3||5||6||8||8||9||8||7||5||2||2|
The annual average temperature in Debrecen is 9.9 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is July (20.3 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of -2.6 ° C.
The annual precipitation is 566 mm on 89 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. In the months of January, February, March, November and December is possible snowfall.
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 9.1 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year, the sun shines for 5.4 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following larger towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Nyíregyháza, Oradea and Oradea.
Highlights and attractions
The capital of Hungary is no longer an insider tip, but with its outstanding sights it still has a high radiance and is therefore the driving force of all tourism in Hungary. Whether the parliament building, the fisherman’s bastion, the castle hill, the Matthias Church or St. Stephen’s Basilica: Budapest offers travelers tons of postcard motifs and exciting discoveries.
In Debricin to the east you will find the Great Church, the Hortobagy National Park and the Puszta Animal Park, which are worth more than a day trip. The other cities of Hungary should not be ignored either: the Eger wine region, the old town of Sopron, the Puszta Zoo in Hortobágy are just a small selection of the highlights that await you next to Lake Balaton in Hungary.