City breaks to Budapest are truly en vogue these days, and it’s not hard to see why. With its cultural pastiche of opera, theatre, art and wine-making, Budapest is booming.
Hungary’s capital is made up of two unified cities, Buda and Pest, distinct in charm and character and divided by the silvery Danube River. While Buda is brimming with elegant architecture, like the Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion, Pest thrives with a vibrant nightlife and burgeoning business and commerce scene. On your Budapest vacation, stroll down the Pest bank of the river to look out over Buda’s striking skyline, and don’t miss the politically significant sites of Pest’s Parliament, basilica and squares; then admire the glorious cityscape of Buda with its gems like Matthias Church and the royal palace.
As well as its historical relics, Budapest offers an exciting cafe culture, contemporary art scene and fine dining, not to mention the famous hot baths – there are over a hundred of them in the capital alone. As for luxury hotels, there’s an eclectic mix to choose from: whether you prefer old-world splendour, shabby-chic boutique or cool and contemporary.