Buda and Pest

For most of its long history, Budapest grew up as two settlements separated by the River Danube. Buda and Pest have retained their distinct characters to this day.

The medieval castle, royal palace and fairytale Fishermen’s Bastion crown hilly Buda, watching over the dramatic NeoGothic Parliament and lively streets of shops, bars, restaurants, cafés, theatres, museums and galleries packing the flat plains of Pest. Leafy Andrássy Avenue rivals the Champs Elysées; domes, spires and vividly patterned roof tiles top eye-catching architecture while an evening stroll along the Danube embankment offers some of the most magical views of any European capital.

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