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Budapest— 1 night
Pearl of the Danube
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.On the 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.
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If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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