Hungary tailor-made holidays
Travel to Hungary for a glimpse of Europe's heart and soul. With a language and culture unlike anywhere else in Europe, the small country punches above its weight when presenting its case as the continent's cultural hub.
Baroque Budapest is the atmospheric capital, set on the banks of the River Danube. Graceful Buda is characterised by its castle district and the fine old buildings on the steep slopes of Gellert Hill; lively Pest on the opposite bank is best for bars and businesses. The city is best known for its thermal baths though. Soothe your aches and pains at the Gellert Baths or the Szechenyi Baths, where men also gather to play chess in the pool.
Beyond Budapest there are castles, Roman and Turkish ruins, spas and some delightful scenery to discover.
Travel to the Danube Bend on a day trip; the sharp curve where Europe's second largest river passes the Borzsony and Pilis Hills is one of the prettiest stretches, with picturesque towns standing on the banks. Hungary's 'inland sea', Lake Balaton, is in fact the largest freshwater lake in Europe; it's a popular holiday spot, with sandy beaches and shallow waters ideal for swimming.
Kiskunsag National Park is made up of a dozen protected ponds, dunes and grassy 'deserts' and makes an interesting foray into the countryside. For something more massive, travel to the Great Plains, a vast area of vineyards, orchards and farmlands that filter into the Asian steppes to the east. Bird watchers ought to travel to Hortobagy National Park whilst adrenaline enthusiasts would do well to go caving in UNESCO Heritage listed Aggtelek Karst.
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This all-inclusive luxury cruise showcases the best of the Rhine and Danube, calling at quiet riverside villages and city greats alike between Holland, Germany, Austria and Hungary. There’s included touring throughout, ranging from castle banquets to vineyard tastings.
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Includes return flights from the UK. Discover remarkable landscapes, storied history and charming cultures as you traverse Eastern European countries such as Romania and Serbia on this invigorating adventure.
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Straddling great rivers and home to some of the finest architecture in all of Europe, the historic cities of Prague, Vienna and Budapest are a tempting triumvirate of European capitals.
Sit back, relax and enjoy all the comfort, luxury and first-class service and dining of the Golden Eagle Danube Express on this magical nine-day journey from Venice to Budapest, travelling through the heart of some of Europe's most intriguing destinations.
If there's one train that will restore your faith in the romance of rail travel, it is undoubtedly the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Impeccable service, fine dining and breathtaking landscapes provide the ultimate luxury rail experience, travelling from the beautiful Budapest to London in style.
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Top places to stay in Hungary
Formerly the Grand Hotel Royal, this historical hotel, built in classic French Renaissance style and located in the heart of Budapest's old town, was fully refurbished in 2003 and offers guests traditional grandeur, superb service and a fantastic range of modern facilities.
Perfect for a short back-to-fitness break, this luxury spa hotel has fabulous sport, and fitness and wellness facilities on leafy Margaret Island, in the middle of the Danube between Buda and Pest
Wexas Channel Editor Luke McCormick takes a look at some of Europe's lesser-known Christmas markets, as well as a few favourites.
Budget carrier easyJet is to introduce allocated seating on all flights from November this year following a successful trial.
2009 is the bicentenary of the death of Joseph Haydn. Born the son of a wheelwright, he went on to become one of the greatest and certainly most popular composers of all time.
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