East and West converge to glorious effect in this “Paris of the East.” Industrialized, graffiti-marked, yet achingly lovely, Budapest impresses hotel guests with its captivating mix of elegance and rawness. Life pulses with immediacy, an urgency rarely exhibited in its Western counterparts. It’s a place not long loosed from the confines of tyranny and greedy for life lived freely in one of the world’s great cities.
At Budapest’s heart lies the River Danube, one of the most celebrated waterways in Europe. The Danube marks a dividing line between the “Buda” hills and “Pest” plain that combined now forms the unified city. Stroll to the riverfront for views of some of the finest bridges ever constructed. Enjoy dinner on one of the moored vessels populating the river, a can’t-miss activity for guests in Budapest hotels.
Central to the Hungarian capital’s identity is the Neo-Classical exuberance of its architecture. One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, the “Pearl of the Danube” merges fine structures, a schizophrenic landscape and an iconic river to spectacular effect. Buda Castle, Hungary’s Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica—structural icons all—are not to be missed (and likely within walking distance of your Marriott hotel in Budapest!).