A whole 'Liszt' of reasons to visit Budapest

This year there are more reasons than ever to visit the beautiful Hungarian capital, as celebrations are underway for the bicentenary of the birth of Franz Liszt, the piano virtuoso, composer and music teacher. Concerts and exhibitions are taking place across the country, and it's the perfect opportunity for music-lovers to discover the delights of this magical city on the Danube.

by hellomagazine.com

In reality, Budapest is two cities, Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube, the great river that has marked its history. Buda is the old medieval city on the hill while Pest is the enlargement of the vast city that grew up when it became the second capital of the great Austria-Hungary. With the Liszt bicentennial, this year is an extra special year for the city, but there are plenty of non-musical reasons to visit, too, including the chance to sample the delights of the International Wine Festival held each September, discover the Asian-Colonial-style Buddha-Bar Hotel within the historical Klotild Palace (opening February 2012) or visit the ultra-modern CET, where culture and commerce merge. Or maybe you'll be tempted by a cruise on the Danube to admire the fine architecture along the banks...

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