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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.
Located in 05. Belváros - Lipótváros, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Danube Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Parliament Building and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 15 minutes.
Continental Hotel Budapest is located in the heart of Budapest, 2.5 blocks west of Blaha Lujza tér Metro Station. The Great Synagogue, 4 blocks away, is the largest synagogue in Europe. Guests can take a leisurely walk across the Chain Bridge to Buda Castle, 2 miles (3 km) west.
This hotel is located in Budapest (Castle Hill), close to Budapest Castle Hill Funicular, Buda Castle, and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Also nearby are Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica.
Located in Terezvaros, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Andrassy Avenue, Hungarian State Opera House, and Gozsdu Courtyard. St. Stephen's Basilica and Dohany Street Synagogue are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Erzsebetvaros, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Erkel Theatre, Hungarian National Museum, and Arena Plaza Shopping Mall. Hungarian State Opera House and St. Stephen's Basilica are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Combining luxury and modernity, this hotel is just a 3-minute walk from the Astoria Metro Station, 3 blocks from Hungarian National Museum, 4 blocks from the Danube River, and 7 blocks from St. Stephen's Basilica.
Known for its friendly and gracious service, this boutique hotel is on the Pest side of Budapest, in the historical Palace Quarter. The Museum of Applied Arts is 3 blocks away, and the Hungarian National Museum is about a 5-minute walk. Grand Boulevard is nearby.
Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center is located on one of Budapest's main streets, a 5-minute walk from the Hungarian National Museum. The UNESCO-listed Castle District is right across the Danube River, less than 2 miles (3.2 km) away, and guests can climb Castle Hill to soak up panoramic views.