5 REASONS TO VISIT BUDAPEST

THE ARCHITECTURAL DISPLAY

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From Budapest's Parliament House, a striking fusion of Gothic, baroque and renaissance styles, all the way to the Buda Castle, home to the royal palace that dominates the hill, until the Great Synagogue, Budapest is a compendium of styles to be admired. In Szervita square, or even in Buda in Pasaréti square, Bauhaus style buildings can also be found. The Turkish influence can be traced back to the famous thermal baths that have made the city famous throughout the world. The Budapest Liberty statue can also be found in the Lipótváros and in the town park. But the city is immense, randomly scattered with stylistic masterworks recounting its glorious and eventful past.

CREATIVE ENERGY

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While Buda flaunts the marvels of its glorious past, Pest exhibits those projected towards the future: modern and innovative, it is the throbbing heart of Hungarian creativity. Walking along the streets, it’s hard to miss the numerous small ateliers belonging to emerging stylists and the workshops of young artists, scattered around St. Stephan's Basilica and up until the Ethnographic Museum and the House of Terror. The city is well known for its festivals boasting international appeal, such as the Café Budapest, and a cultural programme that paves the way for creativity themed trends.

ARTISTIC HERITAGE

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The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts houses artistic heritage of inestimable worth. This includes collections from Greek and Roman eras through to the Egyptian ones, in addition to works by renowned painters such as Giotto, Tiepolo, Raffaello, Tiziano, Goya, some of the most famous impressionists and most important exponents of the contemporary scene. Also not to be missed is the Hungarian National Gallery, situated inside the Royal Palace. But the entire city is oozing with art: the galleries stud the Hungarian capital and the churches are home to many national artistic masterworks. The most curious visitors must not miss out on a visit to the Underground Railway Museum, where images and relics of Europe's most ancient "underground" can be found on display.

THERMAL LEGACY

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It was the Romans who founded the "Aqiuncum", a network of thermal baths of which traces can still be found to this day in various areas of Óbuda. Today, just like back then, the city is considered the queen of water, so much so that in 1934 it earned itself the title of "thermal city", the only one in Europe. Among the most well-known thermal baths, those that stand out include Széchenyi, Lukács, Rudas, Király and Gellért, all unique in terms of architecture and atmosphere.

THE PEARL OF THE DANUBE

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The river flows gracefully, caressing the two souls of the city, Buda and Pest, offering suggestive panoramas owing to the city's nickname as the "Pearl of the Danube". Along the river path, the beautiful Margaret Island can be found, a favourite location for locals looking to escape the smog for a few hours, or wishing to take a dip in the thermal waters. From Budapest, heading north along the path of the Danube, it is possible to reach the river's great inlet with its extraordinary landscape, which was once the Roman Limes.