“Don’t reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can’t have two sets of manners, two social codes – one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people.” – Lillian Eichler Watson.
If you have plans to visit Hungary, it’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with Hungarian culture and etiquette before you depart, whether visiting for business or pleasure. This is done in order to know what to expect socially and in business, and to avoid seeming rude or disrespectful to the local people. Continue reading to learn more about Hungarian culture and etiquette practices.
On the streets, it is customary for men to walk on the left side of women, ostensibly because in the past gentlemen kept their swords on the left side and women had to be on the opposite side of the sword.
A Hungarian man enters first into a pub, restaurant, coffee house, or other public establishment.
It is considered to be rude not to share your sweets, chocolate, or fruits when in the company of family, friends, or colleagues, especially when children are around.
Men are supposed to take their hats off when entering a building or means of transportation.
Not to give tips when eating out, having a drink at a bar, or when using a taxi is considered rude, the tip is usually 10% of the price
Men are supposed to take their gloves off when shaking hands.
On public transportation, disembarking takes place before new passengers get on. The young and the men are supposed to cede their seats to the elderly and women, especially pregnant women or women with very young children.
Women should be allowed to go through a door or enter a lift before men, except when entering public buildings such as a restaurant or pub.
In a posh place, women do not open doors, move their chairs, handle their coats or place orders for themselves. Men are supposed to do that.