There is so much more to Budapest than fish soup, paprika and Zsa Zsa Gabor. With its multifarious and often embittered history, incredible architecture and rich cultural heritage, Hungary's capital has the justly deserved sobriquet of the Paris of Central Europe, set apart from other Hungarian and European cities by its sheer good looks.
The most beautiful city in Central Europe, Budapest straddles a gentle curve in the mighty Danube River, the Buda hills rising dramatically on the west bank while the Pest district marks the start of the Great Plain to the east. With parks brimming with attractions, museums filled with treasures, pleasure boats sailing up and down the scenic Danube and Turkish-era thermal baths belching steam, the Hungarian capital is a delight by day and by night. The food and wine are excellent, cheap and in abundance, and the nightlife is hot.