Budapest

With a large section of the city having been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Budapest is recognized around the world as one of the most stunning capitals in Central Eastern Europe.

Spanning both sides of the River Danube, with ‘Buda’ on the river’s western bank and ‘Pest’ on its eastern bank, Budapest offers something no other capital can boast – the world’s largest system of thermal water caves. Not enough? How about a total of 80 geothermal springs?

Besides offering a huge choice of historical sites to discover on each bank, simply crossing the river is an event in itself. The striking Margaret Bridge, the Chain bridge and the Liberty Bridge all offer amazing views of Buda Castle and the neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház), one of the largest legislative buildings  in the world.

With so many sights to see, you’ll probably want some time out along the way. And here too, Budapest hits a home run. Unwind on Margaret Island, experience any number of seasonal festivals, or just shop and then drop in upscale Andrássy Avenue, one of Budapest’s main shopping streets and home to fine cafes and great restaurants, as well as luxury boutiques.

Oh, and one last thing. Don’t, no really, don’t leave Budapest without paying a visit to the nearby vineyards of Eger and experiencing the famous “Bull’s Blood” red wine or a Tokaji dessert wine while enjoying some memorable Hungarian cuisine.

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