Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and has often been described as one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Formerly two cities set on either side of the River Danube, Buda & Pest, it was unified into its present form in 1873. The city is home to almost two million people and has a rich and diverse history which is reflected in its architecture. Its Millennium Underground Railway is one of the oldest in the world and the city is also host to over 80 geothermal springs, making it a popular spa destination. Budapest has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the banks of the Danube, a neo-Gothic parliament building and the iconic Andrassy Avenue, which features neo-Renaissance architecture in a street filled with restaurants, cafes and boutique shops. Other popular attractions include the Hungarian State Opera House, Chain Bridge & Buda Castle
Hotels in Budapest range from budget options for large groups or travellers through to luxurious palace conversions featuring on-site spa facilities and beautiful views of the famous River Danube. It's worth noting that Buda is the hilly side of the city whilst Pest is relatively flat. Popular districts within the city for tourists are Belvaros & Terezvaros with the former being where most of the action can be found. Food and wine are both relatively inexpensive in Budapest.
The main airport is situated to the east of the city, although there are four other airports within a three-hour drive of Budapest. Road systems are excellent, with roads radiating out from the city centre connected by ring roads. Excellent rail links include a stopping-off point for the famous Orient Express. The tram system is old but extremely efficient, with frequent services across the city, even at night.