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Mihaela Lica-Butler is travel writer and travel public relations consultant by profession, lover of cultures and cuisine. She has built a fun career while chiming in on many topics, from relating the trials and tribulations of the people of Kosovo, to experiencing, first hand, the heroics of the Romanian soldiers serving for the UN. But she thrives in conveying her love for travel and places in written word, and she is happy to be a constant contributor for some of the world's best travel sites.

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Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival

Visitors who come to Budapest for the first time are often amazed by the lush city park known as Városliget at the city’s vibrant centre. The green space that was once known as Ökör-dűlő, which means “Oxmeadow,” was one of the world’s first public parks. Since its coming into being back in the mid-1200s, the park has been referred to as Budapest’s green lungs. This amazing green space is not only a leisurely space in bustling Budapest but a cultural journey every visitor is sure to enjoy. Below you will find a starter guide to exploring the 302 acres (1.2 km2) that is the pride of Budapest.

Heroes Square

Heroes Square Budapest

Entering the main entrance at Heroes’ Square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find yourself in the middle of one of the park’s most amazing attractions. Stretched out beneath the Millenium Monument, the square was laid out in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of Hungary. The largest square in the city, it is also one of Hungary’s most visited landmarks. Two important buildings flank the square, they are the Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle (Hall of Art). Beneath this amazing square, the Millennium Underground Railway was once considered a masterwork of city planning.

Kunsthalle

This attraction is an exhibition hall for contemporary arts, featuring the works of local and international artists. The institution, which follows the concept of the German Kunsthalles in not offering permanent exhibitions, shows off the latest trends in visual arts by exposing young talents, as well-established artists. The Ernst Museum and Dorottya Gallery, both acquisitions of Kunsthalle, focus on the emerging visual arts. Run by the Hungarian Academy of Arts, the gallery houses a bookshop, library, and the Műcsarnok Café as well.

Museum of Fine Arts

Situated across from Kunsthalle, this museum was built on the eclectic-neoclassical style, between 1900 and 1906. The museum’s collection is made up of international art comprised of over 100,000 pieces. The collections are organized into six departments: Egyptian, Antique, Old sculpture gallery, Old master paintings gallery, Modern collection, and the Graphics collection. Visitors will be treated to many extraordinary works including those of the Spanish masters including El Greco, Velázquez and Goya, and the small equestrian by Leonardo da Vinci, to name a few.

Városliget Cafe

After spending some time admiring the wonders of Heroes Square and people watching Hungary’s busiest attraction entrance, a respite at this world famous cafe on the lake is a must. The eatery is actually one of the finest restaurants in the city. Situated inside a historic building a few steps from the Millenium Monument, the Városliget Café & Bar features Hungarian classic cuisine including the house speciality, tányérhús, which is a meat broth, bone marrow on garlic toast and beef brisket with potato medallions. The atmosphere here is idyllic sitting right on the lake and in the shadow of Vajdahunyad Castle. The cafe is right next to the ice-skating rink and the boating adjunct.

The Jaki Chapel

A chapel located within the grounds of the Vajdahunyad Castle, the Catholic sanctuary is a popular small wedding venue with locals. Built in the Romanesque style building is a small masterpiece decorated with sphinxes and religious statues. It’s well worth a short visit on your way to the other Városliget venues.

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle chapel.

Built back in 1896 out of cardboard and wood, this amazing castle was part of the Millennial Exhibition celebrating the 1,000 years of Hungary since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 895. Designed by Ignác Alpár to feature copies of several landmark buildings from different parts of the Kingdom of Hungary, the castle is one of Hungary’s most visited touristic attractions. Today, you will find the more stable concrete version of the original exhibit with wonderful displays of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural styles. The castle also houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, the biggest agricultural museum in Europe.

Szechenyi Baths and Pool

Széchenyi Thermal Bath

The largest medicinal bath facility in Europe, the Széchenyi Medicinal Baths are fed by two thermal springs which are legendary for their healing powers. The springs, which in between 74 °C and 77 °C year round, are naturally infused with sulfate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, metaboric acid and fluoride. There are 21 pools in all, not to mention myriad health and wellness offerings and state-of-the-art massage, sauna, and aquafit facilities. You really do owe it to yourself to experience a water beam back massage here.

Capital Circus of Budapest

Originally opened in 1889, this is the only stone circus in operation in Europe. The show features traditional animal, clown, and artistic performing acts, and it is the home of the International Circus Festival of Budapest. Fashion shows and an occasional rock or other music concert are also held at this venue. Be sure and check the schedule to see what’s on during your stay with Mamaison.

Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

Elephant House, Budapest Zoo

The Budapest Zoo is the oldest zoo park in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world. Visitors here get to see over 1,000 animal species. The zoo first opened way back in 1866 as a private institution and welcomes over 1 million visitors each year these days. The attraction is home to a number of noteworthy Art Nouveau buildings, the famous Elephant House being the most famous. Your little ones will enjoy the ‘Kindergarten’, where various baby animals can be seen together in one area.

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From the twelve islands on the Vltava River in Prague, Střelecký Ostrov – or Střelák, as the locals call it – counts as one of the most romantic and beautiful since it offers beguiling views of the National Theater, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle. Often, you can just sit down on a bench and watch the swans glide graciously on the river.

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coffee at Mamaison Residence Izabella.

It’s always fun to have a cuppa in the garden at Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest but exploring the city is also a wonderful opportunity to discover not only monuments and attractions but also trendy cafes, eateries, ruin pubs, and much more. Today, we’ll look at the best places for coffee lovers who want to discover our neighbourhood on foot.

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Mamaison Pokrovka breakfast coffee

You will always have great coffee when you stay at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow, and thanks to our Let’s Get Social – #mamaisonhotels Instagram coffee and tea initiative you even get to enjoy it on the go. But, in case you run out and you want to discover new places nearby, here are some of the best cafes to enjoy a cup of joe.  

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black friday

Kick off the holiday season with discounted rates at select Mamaison hotels during the Black Friday sale. Whether your visit is for a family vacation, business,  or a romantic holiday getaway, indulge in savings of up to 35 percent off best available rates. The sale starts November 23, 2018 and ends November 26, 2018. It’s our best sale ever, with discounts of up to 35 % at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow,  Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest,  Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest, Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw, Mamaison Residence Diana Warsaw, Mamaison Hotel Riverside Prague, and Mamaison Residence Sulekova Bratislava.

Take advantage of the Black Friday sale and book from November 23 to November  26 for a stay anytime from November 26, 2018 to March 2019. Please select your favorite Mamaison hotel, book and save:

Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest: Stay 2 nights and save up 35% off of the Standard Rate per night.  Traveling dates: November 23, 2018 – March 31, 2019.

Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow: 30% off when you book now.  Traveling dates: November 23, 2018 – January 31, 2019.

Mamaison Residence Diana Warsaw: 30% discount for stays between the following traveling dates: January 2, 2019  – March 24, 2019.

Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw: same deal like Mamaison Residence Diana.

Mamaison Hotel Riverside Prague: 30% off, traveling dates January 6, 2019 – March 3, 2019.

Mamaison Residence Sulekova Bratislava: Save up 20% off of the standard rate per night for a stay between January 7, 2019 and February 28, 2019.

For more information, please contact sales@mamaison.com or visit https://www.mamaison.com/