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In terms of city breaks and long weekends you are spoiled for choice. Try Budapest, Hungary's vibrant capital that is bound to impress with its grand buildings, sumptuous palaces and café society.
Budapest is a city of immense visual charm, poised culturally and geographically between East and West, reflecting both the exotic beauty of its past and the fast-forward pulse of today. With its grand Austro-Hungarian boulevards, Art Nouveau architecture and fin-de-siècle air, Budapest is one of the great cities of Central Europe. It is beautifully defined by the Danube, which runs through its heart, neatly dividing urban Pest from the more rarefied hills of Buda.
It is a city of grand boulevards and architectural flights of fancy. It is a city of curious statues and engrossing gargoyles. It is a city of facades and brightly coloured roof mosaics - a few of which look as though they have been garlanded with medals and colourful ribbon. It is a city whose small size yet wide streets make it easy to stroll around. It is a city which wears night's cloak with great elegance: the castle is illuminated, lights adorn the riverbank.
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
Just totally outstanding! You have the most amazing team of people in Cheltenham, Lynne Cooke and Sandrine Baker were and are, two of the most helpful, but also know what they are saying people, I have ever come across. Creativity would be my middle name for both of them.
- CB, London
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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Having just returned from a truly wonderful trip, I wanted to tell you how impressed we were with your part in this. (Debbie Rawnsley) We loved the itinerary, we loved the service levels, we loved the guides and above all we loved the experience of this unique culture with its overwhelming ‘otherness’, its politesse, its perfection its precision, its history, its gardens, its architecture and its charm. So, well done
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