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The Paris of the East, the Pearl of the Danube, the Queen of the Danube, just three of the lavish names applied to the Hungarian capital, Budapest and they are not far off the mark. This city is totally beautiful and totally unique, - it's no wonder Budapest is considered one of Europe's most enjoyable cities
It is a city of two parts, the districts of Buda and Pest, geographically separated by the iconic River Danube. However, spiritually, Budapest is definitely one city. The river, with its myriad of bridges, is one of the big attractions of this magnificent destination, which being neither too large nor too small is perfect for a get-away-weekend. Getting there is easy, there's a good choice of flights to Budapest from many UK airports and low cost UK airlines such as EasyJet and Jet 2 operate cheap flights to Budapest. Services such as these have made the city a popular choice for group weekends. Budapest's Ferihegy Airport is Hungary's largest; just 25kms from the city and a £6 minibus ticket will get you to the centre. There is also a bus to the metro and plenty of taxis, which are reasonably priced, but be sure to agree the fare before accepting the ride.
If you are looking at booking one of the many available flights to Budapest, you'll definitely want to know what's on offer in the city. The Castle District on the Pest side of the Danube is perhaps the best place to start. It is packed with history, ancient buildings and stunning river views, so much so that along with the Danube's bridges it has been classed as a World Heritage Site. At the foot of the Castle Hill is the impressive Chain Bridge (Syechenyi Lanchid), which was the first permanent crossing to connect Buda with Pest. At weekends during July and August the bridge is closed to traffic for the colourful Summer Bridge Festival. An elegant promenade (the Duna Korso) links the Chain and Elizabeth bridges. It's a pleasant tree-lined walk with great views over the river to the Buda district and is also a World Heritage Site.
Also in the Chain Bridge area is the strangely named 'Gresham Palace', an Art Nouveau delight, part of which contains the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel. By virtue of its prime position this is one of the best hotels in Budapest.
Across the river, in Buda, is a dolomite rock known as Gellert Hill, which at 140m high offers unparalleled views of Budapest and the Danube. The hill is a fine green city space with several interesting monuments, notably, on the crest of the hill, the Statue of Liberty (Szabadsag Szobor). She symbolises Hungary's release from Nazi oppression, but during the years of Russian rule the figure of a Red Army soldier was added to the base. With the fall of the Soviet Union, all communist statues were destroyed, the exception being the Statue of Liberty, which can be seen from all over Budapest. In this case, only the Russian soldier was removed.
Budapest has a buzzing nightlife. There are loads of bars and clubs in the central district; entrances fees are cheap and drinks cost between €2 and €4.
If you fancy a night at the casino, Budapest boasts over a dozen, mostly situated along the Duna Korso (The Promenade). For something a little more cultural, the State Opera House is a masterpiece of Hungarian period architecture, as well as a great place for concerts.
Budapest is not big on designer shopping, although there are some top names in Vaci Ukac, but there are some good ethnic items, such as high quality embroidered linen and porcelain on sale. There are also bargains to be had in the flea market and specialist foodstuffs are a popular tourist purchase.
There is a good choice of hotel accommodation to suit all budgets and restaurants specialising in hearty Hungarian fare. With both Turkish and Italian influences, Hungarian cuisine is varied and rich, for example paprika flavoured stews and yummy desserts such as dobos tortes and feather-light strudels, all washed down with robust Hungarian wines and some of the best coffee in Europe.
Budapest offers travellers the chance of exploring inspiring museums, charming parks, a vibrant nightlife and a colourful history. All this goes to make Budapest a great place for a lively weekend break.
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