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» 7AM Take in the gor­geous panorama of Buda (western sec­tion of Bu­dapest) while en­joy­ing a hearty Hun­gar­ian Scram­bled Eggs and sour cherry juice at KOLLÁZS. Right in front is the Széchenyi Chain Bridge for a pic­turesque post-break­fast stroll to Buda. Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Gre­sham Palace Bu­dapest, Bu­dapest, Széchenyi István tér, 1051 Hun­gary. Tel: +36 1 268 5184

» 9AM Matthias Church, dat­ing to 1015, is a mag­nif­i­cent Ro­man Catholic church named after one of the great Hun­gar­ian kings, Matthias Corv­i­nus. Awash in golden fres­cos, stained glass win­dows and colour­ful tile roofs, it is also home to the Mu­seum of Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal Art. Hid­den within a me­dieval crypt that leads to St. Stephen Basil­ica, it dis­plays sa­cred relics and repli­cas of the royal crown. Bu­dapest, Szen­thárom­ság tér 2, 1014 Hun­gary. Tel: +36 1 355 5657

» 1PM The chilly weather calls for Hun­gar­ian goulash at Menza, a mid-cen­tury themed restau­rant in down­town. Pair it with lán­gos (deep-fried dough) or home­made Hun­gar­ian egg noo­dles. Bu­dapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 2, 1061 Hun­gary. Tel: +36 1 413 1482

» 3PM Jump on board the Metro and head to­wards He­roes’ Square. The UNESCO World Her­itage site, erected in 1896 to com­mem­o­rate Hun­gary’s mil­len­nium, fea­tures ma­jes­tic stat­ues of archangel Gabriel and the seven chief­tains who founded the coun­try. Bu­dapest, 1146 Hun­gary.

» 5PM Rest your feet in a nat­u­ral, hot spring bath of Széchenyi Ther­mal Baths. After which, opt for a va­ri­ety of mas­sages, in­clud­ing a sooth­ing Hun­gar­ian Wine Treat­ment where grape­seed oil and grist are used to re­lax your mus­cles. Bu­dapest, Ál­latk­erti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hun­gary. Tel: +36 1 363 3210

» 7PM Opt for a seat un­der the canopy when din­ing at Yid­dishe Mamma Mia, a unique restau­rant of­fer­ing Ital­ian-in­flu­enced Jewish fare. The high­lights are the Crispy Roast Goose Leg on mashed po­ta­toes and its ex­ten­sive (and af­ford­able) wine list. Bu­dapest, Király u. 13, 1075 Hun­gary. Tel: +36 1 878 1377

» 9PM Sz­im­pla, a for­mer fac­tory turned ope­nair cin­ema and pub, fea­tures an am­bi­tious list of over 400 craft beers, cock­tail and wines and is al­ways buzzing with live mu­sic from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians. Bu­dapest, Kaz­inczy u. 14, 1075 Hun­gary. Tel: +36 20 261 8669

» 11PM For night owls, there’s Fo­gasház. The multi-con­cept es­tab­lish­ment opens till 6am ev­ery day. Head to Kert for an open-air dance party or sip on clas­sic cock­tails at the laid­back Liebling. Bu­dapest, Akácfa u. 49-51, 1073 Hun­gary. Tel: +36 1 783 8820

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