Travel Impressions

2015 TI Europe-Israel-Dubai

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KEMPINSKI HOTEL CORNIVUS BUDAPEST O O O O O Enjoy the ambiance and service of a luxury hotel; the combination of tradition and spirit makes the Kempinski an ideal choice for all travelers when visiting the downtown area of Budapest. The 335 generously sized guestrooms reflect the hotel's elegant flair. The hotel's deluxe leisure facilities include a swimming pool with poolbar, sauna, steam bath, solarium, massage and fitness center. LE MERIDIEN BUDAPEST O O O O O Located in the most fashionable district of Budapest, steps from the River Danube and exquisite shopping areas, its luxurious rooms and suites combine comfort, chic, and state-of-the-art amenities. Le Bourbon restaurant serves first-rate French cuisine and the Adria Palace Bar is a comfortable haven for relaxing, with live music entertainment in the evening. The health club features a naturally daylit pool, Jacuzzi ® , sauna, steam bath, and fully equipped exercise room. K+K HOTEL OPERA O O O O The K+K Hotel Opera offers a welcoming atmosphere, a stylish interior with bright colors, and a central location. The hotel features state-of- the-art amenities, elegantly furnished guestrooms, and wellness area with fitness center and spa services. Each room has satellite television, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, high-speed Internet access, and a safe. See ad on page 22. BUDAPEST 68 Hungary HUNGARY VACATION ENHANCING TOURS A city as complex and unique as Budapest makes a pre-booked tour a must. Knowledgeable, English-speaking guides help you make the most of your travel. BUDAPEST Budapest City Tour Danube Bend Tour (Seasonal) Folklore Evening Tour (Seasonal) Parliament and Budapest City Tour Consult your travel agent for more details on these and other tours. Located at the crossroads of Central Europe, Hungary is a republic with a glorious past, and an even more resplendent present. One of the oldest countries in Europe, established by the Huns after the fall of the Roman Empire, the language, Magyar, is uniquely its own, much like its culture. Classical music; traditional folklore and dance; the art of horse breeding; hearty paprika-spiked cuisine, reinterpreted by its neighbors; and more than 1,500 thermal springs and ancient spas are only a few of the contributions this nation has made. However, one of its sweetest legacies is perhaps the rich tradition of confectionery and pastry-making, from marzipan to chocolates and cakes only found in Hungary—an ideal match for the delicious coffee culture that can be traced back to Turkish occupation in the 16 th century. Budapest, the country's capital, is rife with classic coffeehouses, from the old and cozy Ruszwurm in hilly Buda to artsy haunts like the Central Kávéház, grand society settings such as New York Kávéház, and sweets-centric Szamos. A trendier scene are the Ruin Pubs, once-abandoned urban buildings that offer live music and late hours for the "Paris of Eastern Europe." Andrássy Avenue, a tree-lined UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood that guides the way to Heroes' Square—which commemorated the thousandth anniversary of Hungary—certainly calls to mind a notable French flair. In the opposite direction, the pedestrian precinct of Váci Street provides all the shopping and dining a traveler could want, ending at one of the many bridges that connect lively, accessible Pest with the quiet streets of Buda across the River Danube. There, a castle and the elaborate Fisherman's Bastion (a birds-eye perch for that photo of the Parliament building) strike a dramatic pose overlooking the famous Chain Bridge, where lions roar a silent greeting to visitors like yourself. 2 10 111 99 803 C R O A T I A BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA AUSTRIA CZECH REPUBLIC R O M A N I A UKRAINE S E R B I A S L O V A K I A H U N G A R Y Budapest D a n u b e R . Da n u be R . Lake Balaton Neuseidler See 0 50 miles 0 50 km

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