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.
Stay at Budapest's oldest hotel, Pest-Buda, which has just reopened. The contemporary décor is very much along boutique hotel lines, but the restaurant downstairs serves heart-warming Hungarian fare, just like grandma used to make. pest-buda.com/en/hotel
Part of the Museum of Applied Arts, it is worth the trip out of the city centre to admire the fine baroque Nagytétény Castle, its grounds, and the well curated museum within, displaying furniture from the Gothic era all the way up to Biedermeier. www.imm.hu/en/contents/nagytetenyi
Go ice skating at City Park Ice Rink (Városligeti M?jégpálya)
Located in front of the Vajdahunyad Castle, Europe's largest outdoor ice-skating rink fills up in winter with rosy cheeks, pop tunes, bright lighting and loads of wholesome fun. For more information visit mujegpalya.hu.
It's no secret big budget films are being shot in Budapest, but now an all new form of Escapism has come to town. It's called Filmbuilding, and it puts you in the centre of the action as director and star of your own action flick. Enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org or look for filmbuilding - one word - on Facebook.
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