Hungary

Tips and Articles in Hungary

A craving for poppy seeds seems to be encoded in my genes. As far back as I can remember, I've begun my day with a poppy-seed bagel (sesame simply won't do), and I am congenitally unable to pass up any rendering of poppy-seed cake or pastry. So o...
At the epicenter of Budapest, where the subway lines and radial avenues intersect, lies a new park that almost nobody understands. A row of glass pavilions slashes across its lawn. Etched into the panes are vague architectural details—floor plans,...
I'm sitting in a little wine-and-coffee bar in Warsaw, listening to Polish conversations burble all about me, drinking Rioja, and talking with Zbigniew Rytel, a local TV journalist and a friend of a friend. The space is packed, and the two of us a...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
With a pair of palace hotels leading the way, Europe delivers a king's ransom of notable debuts this season. The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest (5-6 Roosevelt Tér.; 36-1/268-6000; www.fourseasons.com; doubles from $335), an Art Nouveau...
Looking for a 28-room palace furnished with antiques from five centuries, Gothic to Victorian?A Baroque castle on the Danube, a division of the Budapest Applied Arts Museum, houses a stunning collection of furniture. Around the corner from a 1480'...
The thermal baths of Budapest, legend has it, can mend everything: believers will tell you tales of healed hearts and wombs, even youthfulness preserved. I was once soaking next to an elegant lady of, I supposed, 55. We started trading life storie...
I was two glasses into a bottle of perfectly good Australian Cabernet when I had the revelation that wines around the world were starting to taste the same. The previous evening's bright, polished Chianti, the pricey Spanish Syrah I'd ordered at a...
See our slideshow of 10 River Cruises to Remember. A mirage vibrates on the sandy horizon. The scent of African roses perfumes the air. Water buffalo grunt and graze on the grassy banks of the Nile as ancient Pyramids cast their shadows. These ma...