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Hungary has one of Europe’s most dynamic histories. Continually invaded and then occupied by the Ottoman Turks, Hungary eventually regained its independence and built up into an empire of over 50 million people. This empire was shattered by World War I, but Hungary maintained its grand architecture from its imperial and medieval days. Today, see the country’s buildings telling its epic history, while its culture tells a much quieter story of folk traditions and a relaxed spa culture.
Find Hungary’s grandest buildings in the imperial capital of Budapest. Notice the hilltop Buda Castle, which has existed in some form on the Danube River’s west bank since the 13th century. Explore other grand structures on Castle Hill (Varhegy), including the pointed towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion offering panoramic views of the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament Building on the east bank.
The architecture in Hungary’s smaller towns reflects its ancient history as well. Northeast of Budapest, visit Eger to see the grand Eger Castle, built to repel 16th-century Turkish attacks. In the southerly town of Pecs, look for the historic Mosque Church.
Take a break from Hungarian history at one of many geothermal spas scattered throughout the nation. The most famous is Széchenyi Thermal Baths, one of the largest bath complexes in Europe. For the most natural experience, relax in the 101.3-degree-Fahrenheit (38.5-degree-Celsius) waters of Lake Héviz, a very large geothermal lake.
As a result of the geological activity that causes its hot springs, Hungary also features many underground cave networks. Aggtelek National Park outside of Eger features Baradla Cave, the largest of Hungary’s limestone caves.
Reach Hungary by plane via the international airport outside Budapest. For a more memorable experience, arrive by Danube ferry from Vienna or Bratislava. From Budapest, you can also take Danube cruises through the flat Hungarian countryside.
The staff were incredibly friendly . Rooms were beautiful and very central hotel. The spa i think should be free for all hotel guests like most of the other hotels.
Excellent hotel! I loved the room upgrade, amenities and free breakfast at this hotel. The staff were really helpful and rooms were very clean and spacious. The close proximity to restaurants and shopping makes it very convenient for us who are first-time visitors to Budapest.
Staff were pleasant& the hotel was exceptionally clean. Upon arrival we were upgraded to the Prestige Suite as it was our anniversary & so received a free bottlenof wine and some chocolates which was a nice touch. We selected this hotel for its amazing location & that it had a bar....we are yet to ...
The whole vibe of the hotel was just warm and friendly. Staff greeted you as an old friend and couldn’t do enough for you. After the first day, one of the reception staff recognised us and got our key ready to give us before we even asked for it (you had to hand your key into reception before you ...
Great location but aside from that, nothing really stood out for me with this hotel. Breakfast was average, and although there was a gym on site the equipment was either broken or very dated. The rooms were ok - reasonable size but again nothing special. I stayed at Hotel Prestige before here which ...
Great price for facilities that are offered. Very easy to find. Staff very friendly
I enjoyed my stay in the hotel. The atmosphere and the surrounding is like going back in time. Good and solid. 10- 15 per cent discount to the Gellert Baths is a plus. Location is great. The staff is helpful. I may choose the same hotel for my nest visit to Budapest.