The Dominion Post

Budapest’s beauties are bountiful

The Queen of the Danube is not just a pretty face. At night, she dons her party dress to become the region’s premier party town.

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Straddling the Danube with the Buda Hills as backdrop and boasting enough baroque, neoclassic­al and art nouveau architectu­re to satisfy anyone, Budapest is endowed with natural and human-created beauty. Here are some the city’s biggest delights.

Buda’s former Royal Palace has been razed and rebuilt many times over the past seven centuries.

Bela IV establishe­d a royal residence there in the mid-13th century, it was levelled in the battle to drive out the Turks in 1686, and the Habsburgs rebuilt it. The palace contains two important museums and the national library.

It offers an extraordin­ary view into the lost face of communist Hungary dating back a mere three decades.

 ??  ?? Even Hungary’s Budapest-based Parliament looks impressive­ly grand.
Even Hungary’s Budapest-based Parliament looks impressive­ly grand.

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