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A city of beautifully faded elegance
Panoramically divided by the Danube, Hungary’s capital exudes faded grandeur. Comprised of busy Pest and residential Buda, the Habsburg city of grand boulevards and elegant bridges was built in the late 1800s. Subsequent conflicts and Soviet rule left this heritage to crumble. With its five-star hotels, spa baths, landmark coffeehouses and key restaurants wonderfully restored, Budapest remains fascinatingly bullet-scarred but today able to provide top-notch services. An underground counterculture and savage party scene complete the picture.
Budapest's main racetrack makes for a great day out
Named after Hungary’s most famous racehorse, Kincsem Park comprises a racetrack, a busy bar and a pleasingly dilapidated grandstand, from where punters can observe the flat races. Trotting has also been moved here since the track was demolished to make way for the Arena Plaza Mall by Keleti station – which means that the traditional New Year’s Eve meet, where locals gather to compare plans for the parties ahead, now takes place here.
Albertirsai út 2-4, Budapest
- +36 1 433 0520
- Open according to programme