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Hungary’s fantastic capital

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Sitting on the banks of the blue Danube, Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its historic past is both glorious and gloomy at once, but the Pearl of the Danube has emerged from these shadows as a world-class city.

A city with many sides, be sure to explore everything the Hungarian capital has to offer. The stunning art nouveau architecture, opulent hotels, wonderful cuisine, great wine, and even the scars of oppression, give Budapest an everlasting appeal. Amazing for the younger crowd, with many brilliant bars, cafes and leafy squares where people chat and drink into the small hours. It’s also ideal for the more cultured traveller with opera, art and museums galore. Don’t miss the grandiose Hungarian Parliament – based on Westminster – a magnificent example of neo-gothic construction. For the perfect day out, visit the tremendous St Stephen’s Basilica in Pest, before heading across the river to Buda to the famous Gellert Thermal Spa.

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Budapest areas to explore

Learn what each of Budapest’s fascinating areas has to offer.

Belvaros, District V
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Budapest’s ‘Inner City’ is full of historic buildings, superb cafés and great shopping. Belvaros, or District V, lies along the east bank of the Danube in Pest and follows the old city walls. Shopping is great on Váci Utca, where you will find the famous Viennese-style cafés. The glorious St. Stephen’s Basilica – a wonder of neo-classical architecture – starts the walk up to Heroes Square through the Oktagon. At the weekend, it is worth visiting Erzsébet tér (Elizabeth’s Square) to people watch, or drink and chat with the locals who show up in force.

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