Time in the city
Split by the glassy green waters of the River Danube, the historic districts of Buda and Pest come together to form one fantastic city. This double-sided nature has given Budapest eclectic art, architecture and atmosphere. The dividing of the districts still survives today, so you'll find Budapest incredibly easy to navigate. Wander on foot past the grand designs of Buda, where every corner unfolds magisterial stone structures that leave on unforgettable impression on you. Even crossing between districts is an exciting experience, thanks to Magaret Island, an isolated parkland surrounded by the Danube on all sides. Even as you descend underground, evocative images don't desert you. The retro tiled design of the Millennium Underground Railway is infused with character, as it's the oldest underground system in mainland Europe.
The proud past of Budapest
Your sightseeing trip in Budapest should start in the historic heart of Buda, in the famed Castle Hill district. Rising above the river, the mint-topped domes of Buda Castle dominate the area – they're lit up beautifully at night, when the sodium glare flickers upon the waterside. However, the huge stone grey fortress of the Citadel offers just as breath-taking views of neighbouring Pest, where only the arc in the river breaks the endless rows of red-roofed houses. Crossing through leafy green spaces interspersed throughout Budapest, you'll discover a city that's unafraid to face up to its chequered past. This is the case whether you're at the harrowing House of Terror museum or the amusing toppled communist statues littered at the Monument Park.
Bright nights in Budapest
Budapest is a city that is also looking to the future, especially at its vibrantly modern gourmet restaurants, lively bars and chic boutique hotels. This explosion of international interest has made certain districts of the city a primetime for partying. Go on a stag weekends in Budapest and you won't forget it! There's just something special about the combination of the smooth local beer, cheap prices and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Enter a romkocsma and your night in the town will become even more memorable – these bars are ruined residential buildings, spruced up with graffiti and vintage furniture. Alternatively, you could even party on a trawler that's been converted into a nightclub, as it cruises the Danube while you dance away inside!