Nestled along the banks of the Danube in northern Hungary, Budapest is often cited as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Where once two contrasting cities existed on opposite sides of the river, Buda and Pest merged in the 1800s to form a rambling urban district whose fascinating culture remained divided by the postcard-worthy waterway.
From the Buda Hills of the west to the Great Plain of the east, Budapest’s cityscape is one of immense variety of intrigue. Traverse one of the city’s seven historic bridges, and it’s easy to discern the cultural variances between the two banks. Where Buda is a tapestry of it’s easy streets, ancient structures and green spaces, Pest is the urban heart of the city, home to the Opera, the Central Market, the National Theater, the Palace of the Arts and the Hungarian Parliament Building.
Like other global cities to have flourished on the banks of a river, Budapest comprises a handful of distinct neighbourhoods, each offering its own blend of historic, cultural and architectural gems. For those visiting the city for the first, second or even third time, the diversity of these quarters ensures there is always something new and exciting to see.
Discover the highlights, hidden gems and cultural significance of this great European city in our in-depth Budapest city guide.