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Set across the grand Danube River, split into two historical and attractive halves - Hungary’s capital is one of Europe’s most exciting and emerging cities. Budapest city breaks will allow you to explore a myriad of historical and cultural sites, from impressive and significant landmarks to informative museums and glorious natural locations.
Culture vultures will thrive in this melting pot of appeal and intrigue, while revellers will embrace the vibrant nightlife, unique artistic scene and wonderful culinary prowess – the deep fried carp is a must. However you choose to spend your time in this fascinating city, you’ll depart having uncovered your new favourite city when embarking on Budapest holidays.
Arguably Budapest’s most revered site, and a true gem of Hungary, is the city’s Castle Hill, located on the Buda side of the River Danube. Castle Hill is a historian’s dream, adorned with spectacular landmarks, informative museums and rich Hungarian heritage – you could assign at least half of your holidays in Budapest indulging in its majesty. Begin at the Royal Palace and marvel at its imposing presence and explore its excellent museums such as the National Gallery.
Once you’ve had your fill of palace, delve into the Lions’ Courtyard, beautiful Hunyadi Garden and gaze across at the city from the Savoyai Terrace. If you still haven’t experienced a desired fill of culture, pop into the Historical Museum of Budapest to gain more information regarding the history of the palace. Stroll back across to the Pest side of the city via one of the magnificent bridges across the Danube – the Chain Bridge is arguably the most attractive option.
Once you’ve strolled across the Danube a few times, perhaps it is time to get on it. There are numerous cruise boats that will give you the chance to witness some of Budapest’s gems from the water – a special place on your camera should be saved for the staggering Parliament Building, and of course shots of the towering Royal Palace, especially at dusk – one of the highlights of Budapest holidays.
Once back on dry land, head out on foot along the grand city streets. Stop off and cast an eye upon the stunning St. Stephen’s Basilica before uncovering even more heritage in the city’s Jewish Quarter. Have a marvel at the Opera House, or duck inside and catch a performance if you have the time, money and luck to catch an artistic performance in Hungary’s capital. If you don’t make it into the comfy velvet seats, expose yourself to some alternative artistic relics in the National Museum and the Natural History Museum. For a particularly moving and comprehensive insight into Hungarian history, pop into the superb House of Terror - a bone-chilling documentation of the impact of the Hungarian Revolution, something that can be further appreciated at the magnificent Heroes’ Square.
After exploring throughout your holidays to Budapest, you’ll be in need of some rest and relaxation, and what better way to indulge in some pampering than at the city’s famous Turkish baths? There are numerous pools of differing temperatures to help sooth your aching limbs, while wave pools will keep the little ones entertained if you’ve travelled to this scintillating city as a family.
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