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Combining dramatically beautiful architecture, a storied history and forward-thinking denizens, Budapest is one of Europe’s most fascinating destinations. The city is divided by the river Danube, with two very different sides of the city, Buda and Pest, linked by the iconic Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Architecturally, Budapest is Europe’s grand dame, with baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings lining the streets at nearly every turn.
That’s not to say the darker side of the city’s history isn’t on full show: visitors can still witness bullet holes from WWII and the 1956 uprisings, or visit the House of Terror, a museum documenting Hungary’s fascist and communist regimes.
When it comes to dining, there’s plenty to choose from, whether it’s hearty bowls of goulash or more complex fine dining at one of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants. If you’re searching for Budapest hotels, Leonardo Hotel Budapest is a well-located, stylish accommodation base for your time in the city.
Get your bearings
The Hungarian Parliament Building is a must-see during a visit to Budapest. This stunning, ornate structure stretches across the Pest side of the city, between two of Budapest’s iconic bridges, Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Margaret Bridge. Visits can be arranged through organised tours, which include a guide to the country’s greatest treasure, the Holy Crown of St Stephen, also known as Hungary’s coronation crown.
Rest your weary legs and take a trip on the Buda Castle Hill Funicular, which runs from Adam Clarke Square up Castle Hill, taking in views of the Danube River, Margaret Island and Gresham Palace on the way up. At the top, visit Holy Trinity Square or stop for a coffee at Ruszwurm Cafe, one of the city’s oldest eateries.
While you’re there
In the middle of the Danube, Margaret Island is a veritable oasis in the city. Join locals by strolling around the parklands, or climb to the top of the beautiful art nouveau tower for views to Buda’s verdant hills. Whatever time of year you visit, you should also pack a swimming costume and go for a dip in the island’s thermal baths, which have water slides and wave pools to keep the little ones happy.