Budapest, Hungary

Cruising to Budapest

Sitting on the banks of the Danube, the Hungarian capital has a reputation for being one of the most scenic cities in the world, while its lively and intoxicating culture has also seen it added to UNESCO's World Heritage Cities list.

Budapest is essentially split into two halves, with Buda lying on the western shore of the Danube and Pest on the east - hence the city's name. In Buda, you'll find Castel Hill, which is where all of the most historic attractions are located. Undoubtedly the most famous of these is the Royal Palace, which was built in the 14th century and today houses several museums, including the National Gallery.

Another thing that Budapest is famous for is its incredible thermal springs, which have been utilised since the days of Turkish rule for their rejuvenating properties. These days, many of these baths have been converted into spas, where visitors can benefit from a range of different treatments or simply relax in the invigorating water. Over the past few years, a new craze has swept Budapest, with so-called bath parties - whereby the public baths are turned into nightclubs - becoming extremely popular.


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