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Hungary has been a bright star on East European stage since the Iron
Curtain was raised in 1989, with its beguiling mix of grand
architecture, impressive palaces and churches, along with historic spas,
thriving cafe culture and legendary river. The country and its sights reflect over a millennium of history, culminating with recent independence.
The capital, Budapest, is spilt into halves by the River Danube and is perfect for a tailor-made weekend city break. You can cruise down the river and take the grandiose sights in from both city halves. You'll find Buda the more rarefied area, with its castle, royal palace and Matthias Church blending into striking architecture with widescreen views; while Pest has the Neo-Gothic Parliament, basilica and several famous squares that have witnessed major political events. Budapest offers impressive Austro-Hungarian boulevards, Art Nouveau mansions and buzzing cafes where it's easy to imagine Cold War intrigue. There's lively contemporary nightlife and not to be missed thermal bathhouses, some gloriously elaborate, others more austere with a steamy history dating back to the Ottomans.
Outside of Budapest, enjoy the artists' hotspot of Szentendre with its pastel-hued facades, or the city of Esztergom, a glorious splatter of elegantly ageing architecture, reflecting its importance to the founding of the state and its central role in the Catholic Church. Its vast hilltop basilica - catch its perfect reflection in the Danube on a calm day - is Hungary's largest church, and its museum, Kereszteny, hosts the biggest ecclesiastical collection, while its Watertown neighbourhood, beneath the Castle, is riddled with excellent hot springs. Your luxury holiday to Hungary will give you a glimpse into times past and will be filled with cultural memories not soon to be forgotten.
Hungary with A&K
A&K are perfectly placed to reveal the treasures of a country. Our experienced, multilingual Europe team has provided seamless luxury travel across the region for the last quarter of a century with highly qualified staff, well established contacts and expert guides. The result? You can expect insight and experiences off the mainstream tourist radar from access to private museum collections and unique tastes of daily family life, with home cooking lessons on demand, to bespoke tours.
Take an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday to Hungary and we will show you there's more to the country than Budapest. With our expert guides, you can expect insight and experiences off the mainstream tourist radar from access to private museum collections to bespoke tours.
Visit the cities by land, or, more romantically, on our Danube cruise. Either way, they're memorable destinations - and A&K is your ideal guide.
Best time to be there
Winters in Eastern Europe are very cold but Christmas is a magical time to visit. July and August are very hot, May, June and September enjoy pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds.
Budapest (British Airways)
2.5 - 3 hours
GMT +1 hour
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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