Budapest - the beautiful city in central Europe

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Straddling the romantic Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west
and the start of the Great Plain to the east, Budapest is the
beautiful city in central Europe. And the human legacy is just as
remarkable as Mother Nature's. Architecturally, Budapest is a gem,
with enough baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau (or
Secessionist) buildings to satisfy anyone's appetite. 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 both by day
and by night. The food and wine are excellent, cheap and in abundance
and the nightlife is hot. Indeed, in recent years, Budapest has taken
on the role of the region's party town, especially in the warmer
months when outdoor entertainment areas called kertek (literally
'gardens') heave with party makers.

Budapest does have its scars, of course, with organised crime,
pollution, international fast-food eateries at every corner and
mindless graffiti covering much of that gorgeous architecture. But
come a fine spring (or summer or brisk autumn) day and all that will
go by the by. Stroll along the Duna korzó, the riverside embankment on
the Pest side, or across any of the Danube bridges past young couples
embracing passionately. It's then that you'll feel the romance that,
despite all attempts from both within and without to destroy it, has
never died.