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The pearl of The Danube


Budapest has something for everyone, from the dramatic history and flamboyant architecture to the healing thermal waters Words: Gemma Lawson


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itting on the banks of the winding Danube river is one of Europe’s great cities, Budapest. Combining the cities


of Buda, Obuda and Pest in 1873, Budapest, Hungary’s capital city became the co-capital of the powerful Austro-Hungarian empire, a force to be reckoned with up until the First World War.


Budapest oozes history as layer upon layer is reflected in her architecture, her food, her people and her culture. A weekend barely scratches the surface of this cultural gem but a mere taste of Budapest ignites a desire to return over and over again.


Budapest provides an ideal walking adventure as the areas of Buda and Pest are within easy reach of each other. Make sure you take your pedometer, comfortable walking shoes and enjoy the sights of this wonderful destination up close and personal.


Start your Budapest adventure by ensuring you stay in the most fabulous hotel the city has to offer, the New York Palace Hotel. As the Grand Dame of one of Europe’s great cities, this stunning hotel is renowned for its traditional Belle Époque gilded European café “the most beautiful café in the world” where tourists queue to enjoy the famous food and ambiance but also to photograph the stunning interior where decoration exceeds expectation. Prepare to be impressed!


Renowned for her therapeutic waters, Budapest has the best in mineral baths to steam, sauna and swimming pools galore. No visit would be complete without taking the waters.


Start your morning at the New York Palace Hotel by visiting the subterranean lap pool


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and spa and enjoy a meditative swim in the subdued lighting and cave-like warmth of the sauna before enjoying the delights of the full buffet breakfast. The perfect start to each day of your stay.


Breakfast at the New York Palace Hotel is an event not to be missed. From the options of a fully cooked breakfast to a dazzling array of pastries, fruits, yogurts, cheeses and meats, or perhaps explore the a-la-carte menu to order eggs of your preference. Guaranteed you’ll be replete and ready to walk off some of the indulgences of breakfast by exploring the delights of Budapest.


From the centrally located hotel, head towards the majestic Danube winding her way between the former cities of Buda and Pest and walk across the Széchenyi Chain Bridge past the great stone lions guarding the bridge and venture up to the Castle district either by the traditional funicular


railway operating since 1870 or walk the path to the Fisherman’s Bastion.


From the castle district the red domed roof of the iconic parliament building is instantly recognisable across the river and provides a stunning vista from Castle Hill. The castle district is a unique area of the city with buildings painted in a sorbet palette and stunning multi-coloured tiles adorning the roof of the Matthias church.


Meander along the banks of the river to discover one of the city’s thermal spas, The Gellért Hotel and Baths. Known for its Art Deco tiling, The Gellert baths has numerous thermal pools inside and out as well as a stunning Art Deco swimming pool where warm, bubbling jets of water emerge from the floor tickling your feet as you swim under a huge glass skylight.


After a day of strolling around the city, return to the relaxing delights of the New


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