Budapest encapsulates Hungarian history on the picturesque bows of the mighty Danube River. The UNESCO-listed riverbanks ooze romance as warm light illuminates grandiose architecture after the sun sets. Exquisite thermal baths fill intricate buildings and the city’s burgeoning popularity as a European gem makes picturesque squares and winding streets hum with vibrancy and excitement. Bisected by the waterway, the city boasts two distinct halves. Traditional shops and restaurants embroider the narrow streets of hilly Buda, while urban centre Pest plays host to the extravagant Parliament, Basilica and Opera, all within a stone’s throw of each other.