Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's capital and home of hot springs, dazzling architecture, and fine wine. Its name is a combination of two districts, Buda and Pest, which occupied the banks of the Danube River. Nicknamed "Paris of the East," Budapest is a beautiful city at any time of day. Take a scenic walk in its many historical palaces, parks, and churches and learn about its rich cultural heritage. Pick any of the hotels in Budapest and get ready to fall in love with this romantic city.
The fastest way to see the sights in Budapest is by taking a river ride. Don't miss the Parliament building, which is the largest building in Europe. Swing by the Buda Castle to walk through both the National Gallery and the Savoyai Terrace. You can also get the best view of the entire city from the castle.
Most Budapest hotels are close to one of the city's famous thermal baths. These baths are drawn from deep beneath the earth's surface, so expect higher-than-normal temperatures. On the Buda side, there's the Gellért Thermal Baths on the base of Gellért Hill, and on the Pest side, there's the Széchenyi Spa Baths. With many cheap hotels in Budapest from which to choose, you can be sure that you'll be able to see all these incredible sights and more.
Vacations to Budapest wouldn't be complete without tasting popular dishes like gulyás (goulash soup) and Gundel pancake (crepe). For authentic Hungarian fare, dine in the restaurants along Great Ringroad. If you prefer bars, there are a few along the Danube (Pest side) that not only offer drinks along with food, but also a sweeping view of the buildings over on the Buda side.
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