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A look at Budapest

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Queen of the Danube

Budapest was originally two cities built on either side of the Danube - namely Buda and Pest. They are still quite distinct today with their contrasting makeup. Buda is older and is made up of atmospheric cobbled streets, picturesque coloured houses and a medieval, neo-Classical mixture of architecture all set among the gentle hills of the west bank. It is famous for its historic Castle Hill featuring the Royal Palace, museums and galleries, St Matthias Church and the ramparts of Fisherman's Bastion.

In contrast, Pest lies on the flat plain and is the commercial hub of the city. It boasts fashionable shopping areas and wide, leafy boulevards. Andrássy Boulevard is the Champs-Elysées of Budapest culminating in the enormous Heroes’ Square.

Visitors are treated to a familiar European culture with a distinct Hungarian flavour which is evident everywhere - the neo-Gothic Parliament buildings, sidewalk cafés and Magyar cuisine. Highlights for visitors include a river cruise on the Danube and a thermal bath in one of the Turkish-era bathhouses.

To holiday in Budapest is to revel in one of the world's most beautiful cities. You can indulge in its breathtaking classical architecture, stunning vistas, and the romantic Danube River. But it’s not just about aesthetics, there are also the city's renowned operatic and music events and famed spa baths. More info


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