Increasing numbers of Germans are moving to Hungary to flee the refugee crisis, German public service broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk reported.

Estate agents in the picturesque Balaton area in western Hungary said there had been a surge in Germans looking to move to the area since September, after millions of refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa entered Germany.

As well as the good weather and large German community, one estate agent told the station that the new German arrivals were attracted by the fact that the majority of Hungarians are Christians and "there are hardly any migrants" in the country.

Millions of refugees and migrants entered Europe in 2015, many travelling on foot through eastern and central Europe to seek refuge in Germany, where German chancellor Angela Merkel granted asylum to refugees from the Syrian Civil War.

Hungarian Prime Minister has criticised Germany's refugee policy, refusing to accept the country's EU quota of asylum seekers and authorising the construction of a razor wire fence to seal the country.

Germany received the highest number of asylum applications in 2015, followed by Hungary, according to Eurostat.