Romantic, historical, healing and vibrant BUDAPEST, a brief destination guide

Triton sculpture at Szecsenyi Thermal Bath

With an immense cultural heritage and a sophisticated blend of the most eclectic architectural styles, Budapest is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe. The crossing of the Danube with its beautiful bridges also makes it one of the most romantic destinations. Authentic Ottoman thermal baths with healing properties, Danube cruises, tours of the Castle District, its wealth of museums, a tour to nearby Szentendre town and visiting some of the churches are just some of the traditional outings in Budapest.

CPP-LUXURY.COM has compiled, together with the Concierge of the Four Seasons Gresham Palace in Budapest,  a wide offering of more exclusive activities and events:

Iceskating in the City Park, behind  Heroes’ Square, in one of Europe’s largest skating rinks. While in Budapest, last year, actress Angelina Jolie took two of her children iceskating for a most fun day.

Less than 10 minutes from city centre, Normafa is one of the most frequented green spots of the city, where one could enjoy beautiful scenery, the fresh air and the panoramic view at 477 metres high in the Buda Hills. Elisabeth Observation tower is a must see

Touring by bicycle is one of the best ways to explore the city and its many hidden architectural treasure. Such tours can be accompanied by private guides.

For wine lovers, the famous region of Tokay in Southern Hungary is home to some of the country’s best wineries, private tours and tasting could be arranged on the premises. Some of the most famous Hungarian wineries, many of which export worldwide, are: Szepsy, St Andrea, Gere, Sauska.

Hungary boasts a wealth of hunting offerings, from deer, mouflon, wild boar, hare to pheasant. November to February is the best hunting season for Pheasant. Hunting can be arranged individually or in groups and, uniquely, pheasant can be hunted by the ancient art of falconry. Hunting grounds are within one to two hours drive from the city and can be arranged day time or overnight.

Built in 1884, the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest has the 3rd best acoustic in Europe after the Scala in Milan and the Opera Garnier in Paris. La Boheme and The Nutcracker are played during Christmas days this year, while Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is played on New Year’s Eve.

Bedo House is one of the city’s finest and best preserved Art Nouveau buildings. The house can be visited and there is also an Art Nouveau Cafe on the groundfloor.

For shopping, Budapest boasts a generous offering, especially in terms of luxury. Major international luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Moncler, Dolce Gabbana, Burberry, Emporio Armani, Frank Muller, Ermenegildo Zegna, Zilli – all have mono-brand stores in Budapest.

Ludwig MuseumKOGArt House and Ernst Museum are among the city’s best contemporary art exhibition venues. At the KOGArt House, The Gábor Kovács Art Foundation organizes five to six large-scale exhibitions a year, which deal with different subjects and periods from the history of Hungarian and international art. Beside individual oeuvres of classic contemporary art, a special attention is awarded to the youngest generation of artists, whose work is favourably presented at the annual Fresh Europe show. The Ernst Museum is the smaller branch of Kunsthalle. The private collector and patron Lajos Ernst ensures the most spectacular contemporary art is featured in his museum.

For further information contact the Concierge at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest