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Budapest is a capital city of charm, culture and classical elegance with a homely feel. To the west of the Duna (Danube) River lies Buda, with the hill and famous castle, and forest nature walks just a bus ride away.

Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion for great views of the city.

Walk over the Széchenyi chain bridge to the east side of the river to Bohemian Pest, the thriving heart of the city. Ride on the oldest metro line in Europe and on city trams or take a boat trip on the river past the Gothic style Parliament building.

Budapest sits above hot thermal waters and a visit to a hot spa like Széchenyi is a must. Soak in hot baths inside or out, winter and summer. Budapest is a city to enjoy Hungarian Coffee House culture, or sample the many Hungarian wines and beers.

Take your dancing shoes for tango milongas, marathons around the city, and the annual Argentine Tango Festival. Watch a concert of Gypsy violin music and dance, a Liszt concert or visit the Opera. Each August is the award winning Sziget Festival.

The famous Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Europe, is a train ride away from the capital, and a favourite holiday destination for the locals and tourists alike.

There are regular flights to Budapest, but it is often cheaper to fly to Vienna and take the two hour bus ride from the airport to Budapest.