Budapest is nicknamed the Paris of the east for its scenery and architecture. Nearly every building has an unusual detail. The capital is actually made up of two cities, Buda and Pest, divided by the River Danube. You can trust our Local Specialist to take you on an enlightening walking tour, bringing the major sites to life with their own personal anecdotes and insider knowledge. As well as the Gothic Matthias Church and the Dohany Street Synagogue – Europe’s largest – you’ll visit the Fisherman’s Bastion. Its incredible Disney-like towers offer the best views in the city. And the romantic castle district is full of medieval houses, museums and cutely crooked streets.
Hungarians say their national cuisine is one of the three best in the world. We couldn’t think of a better place to find out that by visiting family-run Schieszl restaurant and winery on the outskirts of Budapest. The family – who have run the restaurant for generations – will treat you not only to a wine tasting and a home cooked meal, but to a thrilling glimpse into Hungarian history. They tell you the story of how the family risked their lives to hide their Jewish neighbors during the Nazi occupation, and how they were beautifully repaid decades later. We won’t spoil it for you – suffice it to say it’s a tear-jerking tale of immense bravery and boundless human kindness.
The capital of Hungary from the 10th to the mid-13th century, when King Bela IV moved the royal seat to Buda, Esztergom is still the seat of the Catholic church in Hungary. It’s home to the country’s largest church, the colossal and imposing Basilica. Gyor, a quaint, colorful town at the confluence of three rivers, is Hungary’s second richest in historic buildings and is full of well-preserved medieval and Baroque architecture.
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