When Hungary emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, the Western World discovered Budapest, in all its glory. Since then, the city has become a popular stop on the tourist trail for travelers who want to experience Eastern Europe.
Budapest is a regal city; it is actually a merger of two cities, Buda, a hilly section which contains the Castle, and Pest. Between the two sections is the Danube River. We actually visited Budapest as a day-trip from Vienna, but I would recommend spending at least two days here.
Buda Castle dominates the cityscape, sitting high on a hill overlooking the Danube. Thankfully, there is a funicular to transport visitors up the steep hill.
Once on Castle Hill, cross Trinity Square to find the Fisherman’s Bastion, a lovely elevated walkway with fantastic views across the Danube.
The nearby St Matthias Church is nothing special but it anchors Trinity Square.
The Chain Bridge is the main connecting span between Buda and Pest. It is an extremely attractive bridge.
The Hungarian Parliament complex is dramatically situated on the Pest side of the river.