So many people have excellent answers listed, and I will add some. Hungary was a powerful nation for centuries as a bastian of protection for the countries west(read history on this for details). It is also a country from which many brilliant people (scientists, musicians, movie makers, writers, producers, inventors - again read Wikipedia or historical data referencing this). However, it could not sustain the pressures of the bigger and more powerful nations negotiating peace treaties, and found itself the victim of being the sacrifice by being chopped up and part of other countries. Thus, the land-locked, once large and strong country became a reject almost overnight to the rest of the world because it had little to offer them. Left vulnerable and without allies or protection, it succumed in 1956 after its last attempt for freedom, when the calls to the outside world were unanswered, being taken over by the communists and has been under the harsh rule until around 1991. The country was demoralized, without any value, no industries, no investments from outside, thus it was a reject in the eyes of the world for years. However, in the recent years, about 10 - 15 years, there has been a slow, progressive rebuilding of the country, its people, and the healing of a nation which is rich with history, culture, music, food, creativity, landmarks, and its people. The language is probably the most difficult to learn, it is not a universal language, mostly because it was not visible for years. Now, as the Eastern Block has become accessible, people are exploring Hungary and the other countries that were closed and are finding them to be very inviting and rich with opportunities. Hungary is fast becoming a favorite of movie makers, the food is making its way into menus around the world. Budapest reminds people of Paris and has a romance that is captivating to all who visit. As more people become familiar with Hungary, and encourage its commerce to grow via traveling there, it will become a more visible country. Bottom line - it's best to visit this beautiful country and take in the rich history, culture, food, music and its people. You will be a fan forever!