Indulge yourself with a romantic Budapest city break
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Budapest was once the second city of the vast Austro-Hungarian empire. Nowadays, taking a romantic trip for two to this revived city in the heart of Europe is a guarantee of opulence and excitement. Formed when the historic old cities of Buda, which sprawls over the hilly west bank of the Danube, and Pest, which spans its east bank, merged, modern Budapest is full of striking squares, stunning architecture, and bucolic city parks. If that sounds too tiring, a visit to one the world-famous spas dotted around the city could just be the perfect aphrodisiac at the end of an idyllic day. Restaurants range from delightful homely Hungarian eateries to the ultra-stylish modern kitchens which provide only the finest food for your delectation. Whatever you decide though, don't miss out on the local goulash.
The view from Buda Castle is spectacular. Having climbed to the top of the hill it sits upon, the panorama across the city is one of the finest sights in Europe. At the centre of the World Heritage Site that is the historic old town and Castle district, the castle is a stone's throw from numerous other fine buildings, from the National Gallery and National Library to the Baroque churches and aforementioned Turkish spa baths which form the centrepiece of the beguilingly nicknamed Water Town. Elsewhere, any couple on a romantic break will no doubt cross the jaw-dropping 19th century Chain Bridge which straddles the Danube, and wander down the famed Andrássy Aveue towards the urban gems of St. Stephen's Basilica, the sublimely decorated State Opera House, and the vast Heroes Square. Each of the above could occupy a traveller for hours; is there anywhere on Earth you'd rather spend a weekend?
On our getaways, relaxation is paramount, and after sampling the tourist attractions throughout the city, what better way to wind down is there than to sit on a tree lined boulevard and knock back a few drinks? The area around Andrássy Avenue is particularly blessed with bars and pubs. From fancy bars to the city's signature 'ruin bars', constructed inside abandoned buildings, there are more than a few ways to pick your poison. The locals recommend the delectable Palinka, a fruit brandy which will really cap off a romantic city break.
And after a nightcap in Budapest, you'll be left wondering what will ever live up to a weekend in this city. Trust us, the answer is not much at all, so what are you waiting for? Take advantage of one of our wonderful romantic breaks today!