CITY BREAKS

City breaks are perfect for anyone looking to relax and get away from the everyday hustle. Top must-see destinations are within reach, offering the chance to see the best known attractions, visit museums, enjoy the local cuisine or just wandering around the city. You can make it your own.

Top City Break Destinations

PARIS

 

Paris and its "je ne sais quoi" keeps captivating its visitors for centuries. When we think about this city a lot of clichés come to our mind: "the most romantic city", the world-famous attractions, croissant and baguette, wine and cheese, "haute couture fashion" and those Parisians. And we could just keep going on and on with the list...Let us give you a heads up though...Once you visit the city you'll realize that it doesn't actually matter how hard you tried to stay objective and avoid those clichés...you'll get back home feeling enchanted and knowing that the city's milieu got under your skin and left an inexplicable effect on you.

 

Why to visit

 

Bucket list attractions like the Eiffel-Tower, Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, and Quartier Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Garnier Opera House, Place de la Concorde, Sainte-Chapelle, Panthéon, Place des Vosges and many others.

 

The history gets under your skin: follow the footsteps of Napoleon, the French kings, the French Revolution, the bohemian artists in Montmartre etc.

 

Perfect for art lovers: The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Rodin Museum and others.

 

The breathtakingly beautiful gardens and parks like Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg (our personal favourite!), Park Monceau etc.

 

The French cuisine and the Parisian lifestyle

The French have their rituals around meals and the world should learn from them. Eating is not meant to be stuffing everything in your mouth in 10 minutes...it is meant to be enjoyed. The French turned their food culture into art. Confit de canard (duck dish), onion soup, chocolate soufflé, macarons etc. 

 

And wine wine wine!

 

 

BERLIN

 

Berlin is a city that has risen from its ashes. It is a city that never forgot its past but will always look into the future. Some years ago I thought that Berlin is not worth a visit to me...I was always more attracted to classical architecture, the one that you can find in Paris, Rome, Vienna or in Budapest. I could not be more WRONG! Berlin has an undeniable vibe that is very unique on its own in Europe.

 

Why to visit?

 

Soak up the vibe

The city is fast-paced and everchanging. It combines history with a survival instinct that clearly reflects in the city's current vibe. Berlin welcomes you with its cosmopolitan atmosphere. It's also controversial: old and young, classical and modern, energetic and relaxed and last but not least...EVER transforming.

 

History 

The Prussian Kingdom, Berlin and World War I and II, Berlin Blockade and the Berlin Wall, German Unity and today's Berlin. If you're walking in the streets you will find almost in every corner in the city centre a reminder of one of the above mentioned historical areas. 

 

The attractions

Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Memorial to the Murdered Jews, Berlin Cathedral, Berlin TV Tower, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island etc. Berlin has a mixture of old classical and modern architectural landscape to offer.

 

Discover the most trendy and colourful neighbourhoods in East Berlin

Berlin-Mitte, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg.

 

Babylon Berlin - A journey into the 1920s!

Economic crisis after World War I, the rising of different political movements and cabaret...

 

BUDAPEST

 

You might often here: Budapest - the Paris of the East. This comparison is based on several aspects. Budapest is a city of lights, it has outstandingly beautiful panoramic views, rich architecture, café culture, tasty foods, ruin pubs and an elegant atmosphere with just the right amount of quirkiness.  I  had been living in Budapest for 10 years and I know the city inside out. It will always have a special place in my heart - not just because I am Hungarian - but because it's definitely one of the hidden gems in Europe and ready to be discovered!

 

Why to visit

 

Numeral historical and cultural sights: The Castle District, The Fisherman's Bastion, Parliament Building, Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica, The Danube Promenade with the Jews memorial, Gellért Hill (most beautiful panoramic view of the city), Heroe's Square etc.

 

More than 1000 years old country

Witness the historical changes during the centuries: the Hungarian Kingdom, Turkish-Ottoman wars and occupation (150 years), Austrian-Habsburg occupation and the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy, World War I and the Trianon Treaty (Hungary loses two-thirds of its pre-war territories), World War II and Post War Communist Period.

 

Thermal baths and vivid nightlife

Don't miss a thermal bath experience! The thermal baths are scattered around the city. The biggest one is the Széchenyi Thermal Bath just next to City Park. 

The city has a buzzing nightlife scene - it never sleeps. It is a hot-spot for ruin bars (retro interior bars in neglected buildings).

 

Tasty food and wine - a surprising discovery for travellers

The food is spicy (paprika and goulash soup!) and rich in different flavours. The traditional dishes are part of the abundant cultural heritage. Don't leave the city without drinking a glass of Hungarian wine. Royal Wine - Tokaji: it was also served in the French royal court and Louis XV called it "the King of Wines".

 

"Made" in Hungary: Rubik's Cube, Goulash Soup, Harry Houdini, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bela Lugosi, Vlad Dracula, Elisabeth Bathory etc.

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