Beauty and the Feast

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Budapest and the Danube

One of the first things you will notice in Budapest is that the famous Blue Danube is actually a murky gray. But this will likely be your only disappointment in the Hungarian capital, a vibrant city that is alive with art, culture, history and architecture. With scores of museums, three opera houses and more than a dozen thermal baths, there is much more to Budapest than goulash.

Budapest's eclectic mix of old and new is the result of centuries of political and social upheaval intertwined with periods of great prosperity. Thousands of local landmarks were destroyed during World War...

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