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Brits are only just discovering that it's considered rude to clink beer glasses together when abroad

Brits are only just discovering that it's considered rude to clink beer glasses together when abroad

Brits had no idea about the table manner faux-pas

Nothing beats a frosty golden pint on a summer holiday and what better way to celebrate the occasion than with a good old 'cheers' and a clink of the beer glasses.

However, while the tradition is enjoyed all over the UK, there's one particular tourist destination that considers it to be rude - and some Brits have absolutely no idea about the rule.

Stag parties and Interrailers - you've been warned.

Brits are only just discovering that it's considered rude to clink beer glasses when abroad.
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Hungary is a common tourist spot that many hit when travelling through Europe.

Known for its incredible architectural cityscapes, medieval buildings and some proper good scran - it's no wonder that some 700,000 Brits visit the landlocked country every year.

While the scenic lakes, Budapest baths and underground caves make for the country to be a great location to check out - it's clear that many tourists head to the nation for its cracking nightlife and drinking culture.

However, there's one tiny element that is completely different to that of Britain's bev culture and - oddly enough - it's all to do with how the Hungarians cheers their glasses.

There's one major difference between Britain and Hungary's drinking culture.
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Or how they don't.

Unless you want the locals to consider you offensive - do not clink your beer glass during a toast.

The custom started over 150 years ago when Hungarians made a vow not to toast with beer.

According to the travel website, We Love Budapest, legend has it that when Hungary's 1848 revolution against the Austrian Habsburgs was defeated, the Austrians celebrated in Vienna by 'toasting and clinking their beer glasses'.

The Austrians crushed the national uprising and allegedly celebrated the impending executions of the Hungarian leaders with a clinking of beer classes referred to as 'Hungary’s 13 Martyrs of Arad'.

Since then, many pledged to stick to a self-imposed ban on clinking beer glasses and refuse to say 'egészségedre' (cheers) for 150 years - which ended back in 1998.

While that time frame is now decades past, Hungarians 'still don't cheers with beer', the travel site explains.

The custom allegedly started over 150 years ago
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Another travel website, Info-Budapest, says something entirely different, however.

The site explains that the clinking etiquette is a 'misconception'.

"It is a misconception that locals will give you resentful looks if you toast with beer in Hungary as a tourist," it assures confused tourists.

"Toasting with beer is taboo only for Hungarians," the website outlines, "this is how we commemorate the Hungarian generals executed by Austrians in 1849, who toasted with beer after the execution."

Regardless, maybe think twice before smashing your pints together next time you're sinking one in Hungary.

Featured Image Credit: Diana Pappas/ronstik/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Travel, UK News, Food And Drink