In many ways, Budapest is a perfect city break destination. Like many perennial favorites, it is pretty - there are numerous spots for the postcard shot - but there's also plenty to do. The city has two distinctive characters, split by the River Danube.
On the western bank there is staid, leafy and traditional Buda. This is where a lot of the eye candy -- such as the Castle District, Citadel and Matthias Church - can be found. Pest, on the eastern bank of the Danube, is where the city's life and action is to be found. There are some pretty impressive tourist attractions here too, but it's shopping, eating and drinking that give Pest its hugely enjoyable edge.
Perhaps Budapest's best quality, however, is that you never feel like you've "done" it. Spend a long weekend there and you'll probably only get a fraction of the way down the list of things that grab your interest and attention. That's not a bad thing, and there are a few things about Budapest that may come as a rather pleasant surprise.
- David Whitley for Viator
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