Bisected by the River Danube, Budapest is Hungary’s capital and is one of the largest cities in the European Union. What makes Budapest one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities is its unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene, pulsating night life and its exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths. Since the city is blessed with an abundance of hot springs, ‘taking the waters’ has been a Budapest experience since the time of the Romans.
With baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and Art Nouveau (or Secessionist) buildings, this romantic city has a splendid architecture. In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.
Food highlights: goulash, chicken paprikash, beef stew, stuffed cabbage.
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
Attractions: Chain bridge, Buda castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest Opera House, Parliament Building, Matthias Church, Royal Palace, Heroes’ Square, Great Synagogue.