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Budapest

Annabelle's verdict:

We all love a buy one, get one free deal. Sadly, it doesn’t often work with city breaks, but book a trip to beautiful Budapest and you get two cities for the price of one. The older part, Buda, boasts stunning Gothic architecture and pretty cobbled streets, while across the river Pest has wide boulevards, tranquil parks and buzzy cafe culture.

Recommended tour operator: Cox & Kings

The astonishing skyline of BudapestStay in an elegant hotelA river runs through itThermal baths

Cox & Kings says

Only a two-hour flight from the UK, Budapest has a rich cultural heritage borne out of its fascinating history – from Roman ruins and the Ottoman Empire to evidence of the 1956 uprising.

Straddling the Danube river, the city is as beautiful in winter as it is in the warmer seasons. With all the ingredients for a wonderful city break, you’ll find beautiful architecture – many of the city’s key sites have UNESCO World Heritage status – and a huge choice of atmospheric restaurants, bars and cafes.

The older part of the city, Buda, is home to cobbled streets, grand Gothic buildings and the castle district.

Across any number of striking bridges, Pest has an entirely different ambiance with its wide boulevards, vast parks and picturesque coffee houses. We especially recommend a meander along the Duna Korzó, the riverside embankment.

The Parliament building is a must-see, not least for a glimpse of the Hungarian crown jewels, and a cruise along the Danube is a relaxing way to enjoy the cityscape. You can join a themed walk or jump on one of the charming trams before an afternoon relaxing in one of the traditional Turkish and Thermal Baths.

The Budapest Christmas Market takes place from mid-November in Vörösmarty Square in the city centre.

We offer a wide range of hotels to suit most budgets, from the Best Western Premier Hotel Parlament to the sublime Art Deco Four Seasons Gresham Palace. All are conveniently located in prime city centre locations.

A three night break on a bed and breakfast basis costs from £395 per person including flights and transfers.

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