INTRODUCTION TO BUDAPEST
In recent years Hungary’s capital has experienced a renaissance, becoming an unmissable destination on the European map. First attracted by the city’s iconic Széchenyi baths, travellers find themselves falling in love with Budapest’s distinctive culture, flavoursome cuisine and deep-seeded culture. A typical day in Budapest might see one rising early for a coffee and toast with túró cheese, before ambling over the River Danube to take in the two sides of the city; Buda and Pest. A trip to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle will unveil the romance and history of the city’s fairytale monuments, while an evening sipping pálinka in the bohemian party district of the ruin bars, once an abandoned Jewish Ghetto, offers a window into the growing alternative culture. Home to a unique selection of festivals and cultural events that take the city’s atmosphere to new heights, timing a trip to Budapest with Sziget – known as the Woodstock of Europe – will ensure a long-lasting love affair with Hungary’s cultural heart. District V – the ‘Belváros’ or inner-city – is known as the financial, political, tourist, and commercial centre of Budapest, but be sure to explore as many corners of this city as your time permits. Perching yourself on a boat to cruise the Danube river will ensure you take in the city from all angles, best done as the sunsets when the sparkle of the skyline at night begins. The very best of Budapest awaits you, a city so surprising and magic you may never want to leave.