Often described as the “Little Paris of Middle Europe”, Budapest is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year-old culture but also for the relics of others who settled here. Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, and as such, it is the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. With less than 2 millions of its inhabitants, it is the biggest city in the country. Half of the university students of the country study here.
The capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, representing two different characters of the city. Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. The dynamic Pest side boasts the largest parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores and café houses.