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Nestled in the heart of Hungary is a beautifully ornate city full of architectural delights. Its richly historic city center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and was once nicknamed the City of Spas for having the most thermal baths and medicinal springs in the world.

The city proudly takes great care in preserving its past, possessing many cultural museums and iconic buildings, such as Parliament, the Fisherman's Bastion, the Chain Bridge, and Saint Stephen's Basilica. Divided by the Danube river, Buda and Pest are but two sides to the same coin. Along the river’s banks are seven islands, the star among them being Margaret Island. The island features recreational areas, nightclubs, pools, sports facilities, and terraces filled with Budapest's lively nightlife during the summer. At night, the city’s iconic sites are lit up, elevating their grandeur against the dark of night, providing a sparkling backdrop that is perfect for a romantic evening stroll.

 

The tastes of Hungary

Possibly Hungary’s most well-known dish is the creamy and comforting Chicken Paprikash, a paprika-based stew typically served with dumplings or pasta. The best versions of the dish are often made by locals with secret, multigenerational family recipes, but many restaurants feature their own take on the dish. Other deliciously unique snacks include lángos (fried dough topped with cheese and sour cream) and the Kürtőskalács, or Chimney Cakes, which are basically a crisp, hollow cinnamon roll.

 

The baths of Budapest

Budapest’s baths are synonymous with relaxation and wellbeing. The city’s 120 baths range from Buda’s old-world elite style to Pest’s chic modern version, and they offer an elegant and inviting way to experience a piece of Budapest’s history. The best-known of Budapest’s baths are the Gellért Baths. Housed in a spectacular building with world-class facilities, they include a huge indoor pool that is surrounded by columns and crowned by a stunning glass dome. The Rudas Thermal Baths, built by the Ottomans in 1550, feature an octagonal pool that is covered by an impressive dome and surrounded by smaller pools and baths. Considered to be the largest spa in Europe, Széchenyi has 15 pools that contain groundwater, saunas, steam baths, and other features, all housed in an imposing 1913 building in the Neo-Gothic style. Lukács Thermal Bath used to be the meeting point of artists and writers; today, it is a favorite among locals, making it less touristy than other baths in town.

 

The sights of Budapest

One could spend a lifetime strolling Budapest’s lively streets, admiring the ornate architecture and touring the countless museums. The most iconic landmark is Buda Castle, a palace atop a hill with sweeping views of the city. Connecting Buda and Pest is the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the first bridge to span the Danube. Guests can visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, which was named after Stephen I, the first King of Hungary (whose right hand is housed in the reliquary). A few blocks north is the landmark Hungarian Parliament. This amazing structure ranks as the third largest Parliament building in the world, and offers tours daily. A stroll down Andrássy Avenue, an iconic boulevard lined with spectacular Neo-Renaissance mansions a number of restaurants and high-end shops, leads travelers to Heroes’ Square and one of the finest museums in Budapest, The Museum of Fine Arts. The beautiful museum opened in 1906, and has since remained a shining gem in the city’s Neoclassical crown. The portico, with its impressive columns, welcomes travelers to a magnificent arts center’s vast collection includes pieces from Ancient Greece and Rome, and the works of contemporary art masters. Budapest is home to many points of interest, and like any big city, its pleasures never cease.

 

The best time to go

Tourists come and go throughout the year, enjoying the warm, sunny days of summer as much as the brisk winter nights. Almost every month has something to offer, be it blankets of snow and theater openings or art and spring festivals. In other words, it is always a good time to visit Budapest.

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Country Hungary

Capital city Budapest

Time zone GMT+2

Currency Forint

Language Hungarian

Meet the Grand Hotel Budapest

Designed for a more intimate experience, this boutique luxury hotel offers impeccable experiences in the heart of Hungary’s majestic capital. Overlooking Liberty Square, the Grand Hotel Budapest is a natural fit among the city’s regal, historical architecture.

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Where Buda meets Pest

After one look, it is clear why Forbes named Budapest one of the most idyllic places to live. Not only is the city naturally and architecturally stunning, its inviting personality is greatly varied. On the west bank of the Danube sits Buda, with its greenery, hills, and old-world charm. There, travelers can see Buda Castle and some of the classic thermal baths. On the east bank lies Pest, the urban city center featuring modern thermal baths, bustling neighborhoods, bars, and shopping districts. Located on the Pest side, the Grand Hotel Budapest takes its cue from the city’s style by combining modern elegance with classic luxuries.

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Grand experiences in Budapest

Unrelated to Wes Anderson’s Oscar-winning movie, the Grand Hotel Budapest does offer some visual treats of its own. From the gourmet cuisines to the ornate decor designed by Philippe Starck, this 5-star hotel in the center of Budapest always leaves guests speechless. Conveniently located near the city’s most popular sites, restaurants, bars, and shopping districts, the hotel ensures guests are never in short supply of things to do. The hotel hosts its own exceptional restaurant, which offers haute cuisines and Hungarian classics. The lobby bar also features indulgence and respite after a long day of touring the city, with its calming ambience and craft cocktails. The sound-proofed rooms block the city noise for a bit of peace and quiet, while the saunas and massage rooms tip the scales toward the most blissful haven in the city.

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Grand Hotel Budapest, Hungary

Designed for a more intimate experience, this boutique luxury hotel offers impeccable experiences in the heart of Hungary’s majestic capital.

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Historic Budapest

Just beneath the surface of modern-day Budapest lies a wealth of history for those who are ready to walk its elegant avenues. Stately and impressive architecture is in no short supply in Budapest. The city’s neo-Gothic Parliament building, the Moorish Revival Dohány Street Synagogue (the largest in Europe), and the opulent Hungarian State Opera House are but a few highlights travelers can expect to find throughout the capital.

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Stay in style

Catered to the most discerning of tastes, the Grand Hotel Budapest does not hold back. The hotel’s concierge team can arrange almost anything from transport and tours to in-room amenities and dining options. Get the ultimate night’s sleep with tailored bedding options, like pillows with heavenly neck support or sheets with the perfect thread count for utter relaxation. Here, a tailor-made getaway is but a conversation away.

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