Arresting architecture and beautiful boulevards have earned Budapest the title, ‘The Paris of the East’. However, a rawer, rougher kind of beauty presides here. You only need to scratch the surface to discover the urban grit of this former communist state. Straddling the Danube River, Budapest is a dual city, with the two towns of Buda (west of the river) and Pest (along the east) united in 1873 to create one thriving Hungarian hub. By day, delve into the city history on a Budapest tour and learn about life behind the Iron Curtain, or ride the funicular up to Budapest History Museum on Castle Hill for breathtaking city views. For a more relaxed day out, a dip in one of the city’s 15 bathhouses or a stroll along the UNESCO World Heritage site Danube River, should do nicely. All done with your Budapest day trips? The city comes alive at night as locals head to the grungy-chic Jewish quarter to sip on local spirits in ancient ruin bars.
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