Quick Facts

Map of Hungary
Population: 10,005,000
Languages: Hungarian
Climate: Temperate, cold, cloudy. Humid winter, warm summer.
Captial City: Budapest


  • Budapest – Hungary’s historic capital. Used to be the two towns Buda and Pest. Includes the remains of the Roman city Aquinum, the green banks of the Danube river and many old castles.
  • Caves at Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst – limestone caves with stalactites (spikes hanging down from the ceiling) and stalagmites (spikes pointing up from the floor, underneath the stalactites). Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995, the caves help scientists to study tens of millions of years of geological history.
  • Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma – a Christian Abbey dating back to 996. The Benedictine monks there wrote the first document in Hungarian in 1055. Added to the World Heritage List in 1996.

The Polecat (European)

Habitat: All lowland habitats, such as sand dunes, marshes, river banks, sea cliffs, farmland or forest edges.
Diet: Carnivorous. Prey includes eggs, insects, amphibians and rodents, including rabbits larger than the polecat itself. Sometimes carrion.
Classification and relatives: Mammal. Polecats are a kind of weasel, which are in turn related to badgers, otters, minks, stoats, ferrets, martens and wolverines. Polecats appear to glide when walking, in part due to their long bodies and short legs.
Conservation status: Not endangered.
Lifespan: In the wild, about 5-6 years. Longest recorded lifespan in captivity is 11.1 years.