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A view of the Danube from Fisherman's Bastion.

Bewitched by Budapest

Article and photography by Jody Horton 05.24.2017

Falling in love at first sight with the Hungarian capital’s baroque bathhouses, flamboyant architecture and new dining scene.

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The palatial Buda Castle dominates Castle Hill and offers views over the Danube.

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A view from Pest across the Danube River.

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Follow the glow to the ever-popular Fisherman’s Bastion bar, a complex of turrets, towers and stairways built on an old rampart.

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As evening falls, the view of Danube bridges and the Parliament buildings becomes even more enchanting. The neoclassical dome of St. Stephen’s is taller than the buildings that frame it — by law, no structure can rise higher than its 96 meters.

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Budapest’s network of hot springs includes 15 public baths, including the elaborate and whimsical complex of Széchenyi Baths, a prime spot for socializing.

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Matthias Church, the setting for centuries of coronations and royal weddings, is the frequent scene of classical music concerts.

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Boutiq’Bar, voted one of the world’s best, is the spot for handcrafted cocktails.

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In Pest, the section of the city east of the Danube, the No. 2 trolley line is a sightseer’s best friend.

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Bikers cross Liberty Bridge, the city’s shortest.

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Delectable displays take center stage at the Central Market Hall.

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Amid Budapest’s gastro evolution, Costes Restaurant is known for meticulously crafted plates, like its “Walk in the Forest” dessert combining pralines, pistachios and chocolate.

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Plan Your Visit to Budapest


  • Budapest

    Location Budapest, Hungary

    Experience A 20th century building set in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

    • Views of St. Stephen’s Basilica & Erzsébet Square
    • Located steps from the River Danube
    • UNESCO World Heritage Buda Castle nearby