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I love hot springs, and make a point to visit them whenever I travel. I’ve soaked all over the world, from ancient Roman baths to rudimentary stone springs in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, but when it comes to hot springs, nowhere compares to Budapest.

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December 18, 2014 by
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New Year’s Eve in Budapest

With its reputation as a party city, Budapest celebrates Szilveszter, the Hungarian New Year, with a bang. Street parties take place across the city and the explosion of fireworks marks midnight over the Danube River. Public transport operates until 1pm, but stores close at around 4pm and reopen only on January 2. Street Parties Budapest’s […]

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December 14, 2014 by
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Musical Nights Out in Budapest

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Budapest is a city that thrums with life by day and night; there is plenty of nightlife to experience, from drinking local beers at ruin pubs in the newly buzzing Jewish Quarter to singsongs to traditional music on boat cruises down the Danube. Here are some suggestions for musical nights out in Budapest.

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December 4, 2014 by
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Romantic Things to Do in Budapest

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Hungary’s flourishing capital city of Budapest has a turbulent and romantic history – two cities developing separately on either side of the River Danube and united across the Chain Bridge. Having shaken off the shackles of Communism, central Europe’s most enticing city is welcoming by day and parties deep into the night.

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December 1, 2014 by
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Visiting Gödöllö Palace from Budapest

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Much of 19th-century Budapest was built by the ruling Habsburg family, who had laid claim to most of central Europe by the time they kicked the Ottomans out of the city in 1686. They commissioned monumental buildings such as the Hungarian State Opera House and the Danube Palace – both for the city’s millennium celebrations in 1896 – and used the extravagantly Baroque Gödöllö Palace as a retreat from the city; in the 1890s it was the favored summer home of Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife, Hungary’s much-adored Elisabeth of Bavaria. Visiting Gödöllö Palace from Budapest makes an entrancing day out as it’s only 30 km (18.5 miles) northeast of Budapest.

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November 6, 2014 by
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Three Countries, One Trip: Budapest, Prague and Vienna

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What better way to enjoy the glories of three of central Europe’s most beautiful cities than by visiting three countries in one trip? Budapest, Prague and Vienna lie landlocked among photogenic landscapes and within easy access of each other.

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October 9, 2014 by
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