Holidays in Hue
The home of the Imperial Citadel offers historic charm and picturesque beauty.
Hue in a nutshell
Situated around the Perfume River, Hue offers gorgeous scenery and an intriguing glimpse into Vietnam's fascinating and turbulent past. From the majesty of the Imperial Citadel to the indulgence of the breathtaking Tombs of the Emperors, this is a city brimming with sights, culture and history.
Tranquil, charming and exceptionally picturesque, the city of Hue sits on the banks of the Perfume River in central Vietnam. The remains of centuries-old citadel walls and some amazing architecture help Hue to retain its historic charm, while sleek new tower blocks and luxurious, modern hotels bring the town right into the 21st century.
The Imperial Citadel marks the historic heart of Hue and is the major tourist attraction for visitors to the city. Formerly serving as the imperial capital, it remains a huge complex of architectural delights, palaces, museums and shops - and it's a great place to spend a few hours. Filled with culture, art, history and fantastic vistas, the Citadel offers a unique insight into Vietnam's turbulent history and should not be missed.
After the Citadel, the next essential stop for any visitor to Hue has to be the Tombs of the Emperors, dotted along the Perfume River to the south of the city. Whether you opt for an independent tour by bicycle, or the luxury of a guided river cruise stopping off at the tombs, these amazing structures are certainly worth dedicating a day of your visit to. The tombs largely date to late 19th or early 20th century. The finest tombs that are in good condition - including the Tomb of Minh Mang, the Tomb of Tu Duc and the Tomb of Khai Dinh - are all incredible examples of Vietnamese Buddhist style. The Tomb of Minh Mang in particular offers an incredible mix of architecture and nature, featuring areas of lakes and woodland amid the temples, pavilions and warrior statues. Some of the older tombs are crumbling, but nevertheless provide a peaceful and picturesque environment to explore.
Elsewhere, in and around Hue you will find the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda - with exquisite silver and gold Buddhas - which serves as the official emblem of the city. Phu Bai Airport is also worth a visit as an important strategic location of the Vietnam War. Hue also offers a wealth of choice and quality for food lovers, from tasty street food and delicious local noodle soup to lavish, gorgeous imperial banquets.
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