Budapest - Regal architecture and electric nightlife
When looking out over the waters of the Danube from Buda to Pest, Budapest looks as though it is made entirely of dreamy church spires, huge swaggering bridges and regal Habsburg-era architecture. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find trendy bars built into ruined factories, rowdy club nights in spas, and some of central Europe’s most memorable restaurants.
The city is best explored in districts, and of those districts, the 5th is grandest and resplendent with Habsburg palaces resting on tree lined boulevards and many of Budapest’s must-see sights including St. Stephen's Basilica and the Shoes Memorial. The 1st district over in Pest is charming with the fabulous Buda Castle overlooking the river. And the 7th district is a bit of an upstart, popular with local artists who adore the bohemian stylings of its vine wrapped, graffiti-coloured buildings filled with galleries and ruin bars.
Buda for the most part is simply the Castle District, and is small, sweet and village-like in comparison to Pest, but it’s also the best spot for views of the Hungarian Parliament building and the river. To see it at its best either jump on one of the cute yellow cable trams, or cross the river via the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and climb to the top of the fairytale towers of the Fisherman's Bastion.