Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is full of history. Until 1873, Buda and Pest were two separate cities. Over the years, Budapest was occupied by the Germans during WWII, the city was rebuilt after the war, and today castle hill and the banks of the Danube are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Currently, over 2 million people live in the city of Budapest, and it makes for a great destination for travel. Their parliament building (pictured above) was based on the architecture of London’s parliament building, but they added an extra couple of feet making it the second largest parliament building in the world after Brazil’s.
I really enjoyed everything Budapest had to offer from the nightlife to the jewish quarter to the historic castle hill and Danube banks. Just taking a walk along the banks of the Daube there is so much to see. It can make for a long walk, but it really is worth it!
From the top of Gellért Hill there is a great view overlooking the city, the Danube, and all of the bridges linking historic Buda and Pest.
Overall Budapest is an exciting city with a lot of history and a lot to see. A great way to see the city is on foot, otherwise you would miss so much! Be prepared for a lot of walking though because it is a large city. Also, beware — the cab fees there are not regulated, and they will try to rip off tourists (unfortunately, I learned that from experience!). A good way to see the city is with Free Walking Tours Budapest, a tip based tour company. Have you been to Budapest? What was your favorite part?