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Guide to Luxury Holidays in Budapest

Budapest is Hungary's grandeur capital. Castles stretch throughout the city and palaces rest at the edge of the tranquil Danube River. The river splits the city in two and forms an iconic frame for many photographs. A luxury holiday in Budapest puts you in the heart of the city opening a new chapter of exciting adventures.

A tale of three cities, Budapest was formed over 100 years ago with the unification of Buda, Obuda and Pest. It's considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and with its architectural delights its easy to see why. The capital is a leading global city and a financial hub. It's also home to lots of art galleries and museums, as well as natural hot springs and public spas.

At the Castle District, stroll narrow winding streets and cobblestone alleyways to discover stunning Baroque buildings. Wander Castle Hill and visit the renowned Buda Castle. Take a walk to Fisherman's Bastion and gaze out across the city from a parapet of towers. Enjoy a gentle hike up Gellert Hill and be awarded with an endless view of Budapest. This district of old Buda contains lots of things to see and do and even more photo opportunities.

Journey across the river from the Castle District and you'll come to the shores of the Belvaros area of old Pest. The most striking image of this region is the Hungarian Parliament Building, a Gothic construction that has to be seen to be believed. Belvaros, meaning the Inner Town, is a sophisticated place with Neoclassical buildings, fine restaurants and a lively nightlife. It's home to the designer stores of Fashion Street too.

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Budapest is a year-round destination. In spring, the temperatures are mild and well suited to long days wandering the attractions of the city. Summer brings the heat with highs above 25 degrees celsius. It's a popular time for luxury travellers to visit.

Autumn experiences a similar climate to spring and is a great time for long walks with leaves turning red. In the winter, Budapest lights up with a wonderful Christmas market. The cold weather brings a promise of snow, which adds extra magic to the ornate buildings.

As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you at all times and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders don't need a visa to enter Hungary. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.

With lots of sights and attractions, fuel your day with a buffet breakfast and eagerly await an evening of fine dining. You'll get to enjoy Hungarian specialities, Mediterranean dishes and a wide range of tapas foods. The city is also host to Michelin-starred restaurants that offer unique tastes and experiences.

Be sure to sample the traditional local cuisine with its hearty mix of tender meats and seasonal vegetables. Enjoy comfort foods like goulash and try sweet desserts like somloi galuska, a sponge cake layered with chocolate cream, walnuts and rum.

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