Our pick #1
The political, cultural and commercial heart of Hungary, Budapest is a sheer delight with beautiful architecture and an attractive setting on the Danube River. Once divided by this same river, the originally independent cities of Buda - on the hilly west bank, and Pest - on the flat east bank, were united to form Budapest yet still retain their own character with Buda claiming the imposing Castle Hill and Pest home to the historic old town and Jewish district. Budapest is known as the 'City of Spas' for its abundance of hot springs enjoyed by the Romans as early as the 2nd century. Today there is a generous choice of bath houses where you can enjoy a soak in the medicinal waters, a quintessential Budapest experience.