OutThere – The Beguiling Budapest Issue
Printed in Belgium
As the sun rises over the hills of Budapest, it’s easy to be entranced by the majesty of this old city. Those who come in search of travellers’ tales will find them at every turn. From legends of the city’s flamboyant heyday that serve as inspiration for many to bring back the greatness of the golden Magyar age, to its historical pockmarks and literal war wounds – signs of a dramatic history, a reminder to its inhabitants to do everything to keep the banished demons of its not-too-distant past from returning. These stories have drawn travellers in their masses to come here. Sadly, some for the wrong reasons. Budapest suffers from ‘party-capital’ syndrome – low-cost carriers, accommodation and alcohol make it the go-to destination for bachelor and hen parties from all over Europe. But a renewed desire for better-value tourism, a stronger luxury economy and an appetite for innovation drives a new generation of Hungarians and expats keen to rise above it all. And it’s all here. With just a step away from the main drag and an inclination to find its treasures, OutThere travellers will see a completely different side to the city on offer; and we’re thrilled to be able to lift the lid on it all, via our in-house experientialists who got under the skin of the city and the insiders we befriended along the way.
Seeking out experiential-travel treasures underpins this issue’s exciting Topography section. We journey to the Sea of Cortez and explore its mysteries, uncover the secrets of this year’s Carnival in Rio, and turn over a new leaf in the beautiful Bavarian Alps – another of three very different experiences to inspire your own treasure hunts. Alpine adventures, too, abound in this issue, as we present our first-ever winter-experience special, where we head to Courchevel’s much-lauded Grandes Alpes hotel and also discuss what inspired a couple from London to take on Val d’Isère and curate its Hip Hideouts collection of superchalets. We also give you the inside track on the best kit for the piste – from chic to savvy.