Magnificent architecture, great value food, and seriously good cocktails - what's not to like about Budapest?
Take a tour of coffee houses on both sides of the Danube to discover the distinctive characters of Budapest's twin cities and sample the best of European confectionery
Budapesters are a sociable lot. When the sun goes down the fun-lovers head out, gathering at prime drinking spots like Liszt Ferenc tér. For those with energy to spare, there are nightclubs to follow
The city of Ferenc Liszt, Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály remains a thriving cultural centre. There are thrilling performances of music and dance, ranging from the classical to the cutting edge
Even the best guidebooks cannot prepare you for a trip to Budapest. It is chance encounters and unexpected discoveries in the Hungarian capital that keep on luring visitors back
If you're after a special memento of your visit to Budapest, then what about an antique print, a tablecloth embroidered with traditional rural motifs or a fine piece of Herend porcelain?
Stag parties are increasingly invading the great cities of Europe, but there's a lack of information out there for the best man. Where to go? Where to stay? What to drink? Read on for the essentials
Budapest's market halls and flea markets offer a lively and colourful shopping experience. These are the places for souvenirs and gifts - from Communist-era badges to amber bottles of Tokaj wine
Budapest is the spa capital of Europe. Its Turkish baths, palatial Art Nouveau spas and five-star hotel complexes offer swimming, beauty treatments and even games of chess!
Budapest in winter is cold. Very cold. But who cares, when there's hot wine to warm you up, cosy cafes to hunker down in, and boat trips come complete with brandy and blankets