There are approx. 120,000 Hungarians living in Germany. They have emigrated since the Middle Ages, but since WW1, numbers have increased at a higher pace. Today, around 75% of them live in Bayern (Bavaria), Baden-Württemberg, and Hessen. Only about 60% arrived with a Hungarian passport; many came from areas of the former Kingdom of Hungary (look up the Treaty of Trianon from 1920).

About 30,000 Hungarians arrived after 1945

About 25,000 arrived after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

25,000 came as Gastarbeiter (guest workers) from Yugoslavia after 1960

Around 5,000 migranted from Czechoslovakia after the Prague Spring of 1968

Approx. 30,000 Hungarians came from Transylvania / Romania after 1975

About 15,000 arrived fleeing communism in general in Hungary

15,000 moved to East Germany (until the 1990 German reunification)

Notable people of Hungarian descent:

— Albrecht Dürer, painter (his father moved to Germany from Hungary, his surname refers to their old Hungarian village)

— Béla Ernyey, actor

— Joschka Fischer, politician, foreign minister, his family was expelled from Hungary in 1946

— Imre Kertész, writer, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature

— Kevin Kurányi, football player (Hungarian on father)

— Philipp Lenard, physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1905

— Franz Liszt, classical composer

— Leslie Mándoki, musician

— Dzsenifer Marozsán, football player, captain of the Germany women’s national team, Willi Orban – football player, Niklas Süle – football player

— George Tabori, writer

For the reversed situation of Germans in Hungary, also see:


Das Schloß Liechtenstein overlooking the Echaz valley near Honau and Reutlingen is a Gothic-style castle, built in the 1840s. It was damaged in WW2, but has been mostly restored. The modern castle was inspired by the novel Lichtenstein (1826) by Wilhelm Hauff.

Hours: April – October 9 am- 5:30 pm, closed Jan & Dec, Nov/Feb/March only open weekends 10 am- 4 pm. Fee: Courtyard Entrance, Adults €2, Children €1, Guided Tour, Adults €8, Children €3.50. Address: 72805 Lichtenstein, Germany


Der Blumenladen — a flower shop in Tübingen

Tübingen is a university town in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany, 30 km from Stuttgart. As of 2014, about 1 in 3 people living here was an uni student. The town dates from the 6th or 7th century, when the region was populated by the Alamanni.