Cheap flights to Budapest
Boasting the romance of Paris and the beauty of Prague, but beating them both on price, Budapest should be your next weekend break destination.
When it comes to beauty, there really is nowhere quite like Budapest – the ‘Queen of the Danube’ is right up there with tourist heavyweights Paris, Vienna and Prague. The difference? Well, Budapest has that distinct eastern flavour to it that sets it apart from the competition – the Ottoman baths here are the real thing, don’t you know.
And so is the architecture, which ranges from Baroque and Neoclassical to Art Nouveau and neo-Gothic. Wander the city’s elegant tree-lined boulevards, pop into its many leafy parks or sail down the Danube for mind-blowing photo opportunities few other cities can offer.
Make the most of the cold by skating on a fairytale-like ice rink. The lake in front of Vajdahunyad Castle (Városliget, Vajdahunyadvár, vajdahunyadcastle.com) is transformed into an open-air ice-skating rink in the winter. Warm up afterwards at the nearby Széchenyi thermal bath house (szechenyifurdo.hu).
Budapest is a city that is forever being rebuilt, renovated, and restored. Check out some of the major additions to the city, such as the new fourth metro line. The 7.3km line has 10 stations, each of which are different and architecturally interesting, featuring lots of curves and colours. The Bálna (which translates as "whale", due to its shape) is a new cultural, entertainment, and shopping center on the Danube near Fovam ter station. balnabudapest.hu
Gozsdu Udvar, a redeveloped Bauhaus apartment block, has become Budapest's answer to London's Covent Garden. An upscale flea market runs here on the weekends, but the bars, cafes and restaurants are buzzing seven nights a week (13 Király Utca, gozsduudvar.hu).
Wine lovers who take the two-and-a-half-hour trip to the Tokaj wine region will revel in discovering the diverse range of wines in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. whc.unesco.org/en/list/1063
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