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There is so much to talk about when it comes to Budapest. We could delve into its complicated history, the contributions Hungary has made to music or any number of facts and figures, but the thing that hits me over the head during all this research? Budapest is ridiculously beautiful.

Of course, the Hungarian GP was an amazing spectacle in itself, but I hope those attending took some time to wander around the nearby capital.

Buda Castle is built on an area called Castle Hill, which I found amusing, because I’m used to Edinburgh and our castle is also built on Castlehill. Likewise, our castle is split into various museums, and Buda Castle is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Széchényi Library.

Buda Castle
Image credit: mrgarris0n

Also on Castle Hill, you’ll find the very pretty Fisherman’s Bastion:

Fisherman's Bastion
Image credit: Fulvio D’Alessio

However, let’s have another night-time photo, because Budapest looks amazing all lit up. This is the Parliament, the largest building in Hungary:

Parliament
Image credit: Edgar Barany

I can only describe it as ‘majestic’! Speaking of which, this is the opera house:

Hungarian State Opera
Image credit: Miroslav Petrasko

I would end up spending more time looking at the balconies and the ceiling than at the stage!

St Stephen's Basilica
Image credit: Neil Howard

Above is the intricate interior of St Stephen’s Basilica, the largest church in Budapest.

A sad, touching sight are these shoe sculptures, which represent the Jews shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II.

Shoes on the Danube
Image credit: Joiseyshowaa
Statue
Image credit: Panoramas

The famous Chain Bridge:

Chain Bridge
Image credit: Michael D Martin

Right at the end of the Chain Bridge, you might be lucky enough to stay at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace.

Four Seasons Gresham Palace
Image credit: Herr Herrner

And for those of us that can’t afford that much luxury, we should treat ourselves to a day at the spa. Budapest has been a Spa City officially for 80 years, but its baths were used by the Romans over 2000 years ago. The Széchenyi Thermal Baths make up the biggest bathing complex in Europe, while the Gellért Spa is apparently the most photographed in the world.

Szechenyi Spa
Image credit: dirac3000
Gellert Spa
Image credit: Miroslav Petrasko

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for flights out there already!

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Lauren Robertson - Lifestyle Editor