Melk to Budapest

Bisected by the Danube river, Hungary’s capital is actually twin cities - Buda and Pest - and one of Central Europe’s most vibrant cultural centers.

From Melk Abbey town on the Danube

This is largely due to the Abbey, a former palace which dominates the small but perfectly-formed town from its rocky bluff. Napoleon strutted his stuff here and the Kaisergang or Emperor's Gallery, a corridor in the Abbey is lined with portraits of the Austrian nobility crushed beneath his heel. The highlight of the Abbey however is its baroque church, a controlled chaos of lushly embellished marble and frescoes, simply drenched in gold. But a close second is the Marmorsaal, or Marble banqueting hall, a magnificent baroque riot of marbled pillars – look out for the gold bewigged caryatids! - and frescoed ceiling by Paul Troger which seems to soar upward vertiginously into infinity. A similarly vertiginous effect is experienced on the tightly circular marble convolutions of the Abbey library stairwell, where you can appreciate why Umberto Eco researched his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose here. While the Abbey cannot – shouldn't – be avoided, the town itself is a delightful place to recover from its profusion of historical and architectural wealth.

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Often dubbed the ‘Paris of the East’, this 2000 year-old city’s long history has left it rich in historic buildings. The most noticeable is Castle Hill, where the Royal Palace, Sándor Palace, and high-Gothic Matthias Church dominate the skyline, offering beautiful architecture and unparalleled views of the city. Budapest’s neo-Gothic Parliament, the largest building in Hungary, allows visitors to book a tour of the interior in advance. Once inside, visitors can oggle at the opulent decor, such as a staircase decorated with 25 kg of gold. Saint Stephen's Basilica, has the Holy Right Hand of the founder of Hungary, King Saint Stephen, on display. No visit to Budapest is complete without a stop at The New York Cafe, considered ‘the most beautiful cafe in the world’, where guests can enjoy a coffee or upscale meal in a breathtaking Rococo hall.

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