Often dubbed as “Paris of the East”, Budapest is an East Central European gem that possesses Parisian elegance and charm with a relaxed and modest twist.
Budapest is divided into two parts by the Danube River. The west side is Buda and the east side is Pest. It wasn’t until 1873 that the two parts actually became considered as one city, hence “Buda-pest”. Buda is reminiscent of the past, whilst Pest reflects the buzz of the modern world.
On the Buda side of the city you can expect to visit the notable Buda Castle, a Baroque style palace which is now predominately the Hungarian National Gallery. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even explore the Labyrinth of the castle where Dracula was once held prisoner! The Fisherman’s Bastion is another unmissable monument which gives you a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pest side of the city. Buda is remarkably nostalgic and replenishing.
Contrarily, the Pest side of the city exudes an invigorating, youthfulness and vibrancy that is sure to attract those that have a zest for life. With its array of shopping streets, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cafés, there are both many night time and daytime attractions. From the Grand Synagogue to the Hungarian State Opera House, there is plenty to do and plenty to see. Fancy some pampering? Try out one of the city’s thermal baths, you won’t be disappointed.
Wherever you stay the opposite side is easily accessible via the glorious Chain Bridge; it’s simply magical by night.