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A-ROSA Donna Danube Highlights cruise – Budapest

Back on the A-ROSA Donna, the Budapest theme continues with a culinary celebration of Hungarian cuisine.

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Kollázs Brasserie and Bar Four Seasons Hotel

The Kollázs Brasserie and Bar on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in Budapest, is a contemporary European brasserie overlooking the Chain Bridge and the Danube.

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Andy Mossack takes a Tauck Danube River Cruise and sails through six countries

Tauck Danube River Cruise

The cruise was for many an opportunity to discover their roots, others to reminisce harder memories, and for all of us to discover fascinating parts of eastern Europe you might never think of visiting. It is in many ways much more satisfying than sea cruising for me, you get a better perspective of the land and a better understanding of the people behind the borders.

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Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Anyone who’s seen Wes Anderson’s multi-Oscar-winning Grand Budapest Hotel will recognise a few strangely familiar features of the real Budapest’s most famous five-star establishment. The film may have been set in non-specific Transylvanian countryside, but Anderson took as his inspiration this establishment in Hungary’s capital..After paying a recce visit to what is now the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Anderson recreated on set the rococo E-shaped facade, the tiered staircases and Moroccan-style arcaded spa. Not to mention the plethora of concierges attending the needs of guests and fantastical cakes baked on the premises.

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Corinthia Hotel. Budapest

It’s no coincidence that Wes Anderson, director of The Grand Budapest Hotel, visited the Corinthia Hotel in Hungary’s capital before making his movie. 

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13 top things to do in Budapest

The two senior citizens in front of me were clearly having a ball. They were, it must be said, up to their chins in the hot thermal waters of Szechenyi Bath’s outdoor pools, but more to the point, they were playing chess on a floating board and loving every minute of it!

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