Hungary - Budapest

by Kevin Burton


The mighty River Danube separates two distinct parts of this historic city.  Buda (on the west bank) - historic & gothic, and Pest (on the east) with its broad boulevards and slightly more modernistic feel. The two were united in 1873, thus creating Budapest!

Unique to Budapest, and for which it is rightly famous, are its thermal baths of which there are 123 to choose from!  Taking a dip and spending an hour or two enjoying these rejuvenating waters is certainly on the "to do" list when visiting. The most famous baths are to be found within the Gellert hotel.

I stayed at the fabulous Four Seasons Gresham Palace, housed in a landmark art nouveau building directly opposite the elegant Chain Bridge. I would recommend booking a river view room, as these afford commanding views across the river to Buda, the Castle and Fishermans Bastion.  These landmarks are illuminated at night and do look spectacular.

There are so many sights to see and behold, but one that stands out is the Parliament Building on the Pest side of the city. Built in gothic revival style, the magnificent architecture is best viewed from the river and a leisurely cruise on the Danube will allow one to do this. Equally, a stroll around the building will truly impress upon you the attention to detail of the craftsmen who built it over many years.

Budapest has something for everyone - history, culture, music as well as spacious parks, gardens and even an island - Margaret Island, a haven of peace and quiet in the middle of the Danube!

With direct flights from Manchester, this is a City that is well worth a visit.