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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October 9, 2014
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.
September 11, 2014
One of the best ways to understand the layout of Budapest’s twin cities is to take a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city on open-top buses riding around the city, stopping off at all the main sights and viewpoints.
August 14, 2014
You’ve seen the Danube flowing under the Chain Bridge, glimpsed the Parliament House from Buda Castle and stood atop Gellért Hill for the best views of the city, so where else can you go to discover new views of joyfully Baroque Buda and the wide boulevards of Pest? Viewing Budapest by air presents an exciting – and exclusive – new perspective on Hungary’s capital city .
July 21, 2014
Stephen was Hungary’s first king and lived between 970 and 1038 AD; today he is the country’s patron saint and his feast day is the biggest celebratory day in the Hungarian calendar. Celebrating St Stephen’s Day in Budapest on August 20 is an unforgettable experience full of music, dancing, feasting and fireworks.
July 17, 2014
Budapest is a city of two halves, both lending themselves to being explored from street level. The Baroque grandeur of Buda and the urban grit of Pest unite across the River Danube to enable tours of the compact city center of Budapest on foot.