Your guide to Budapest

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Separated by the River Danube into Buda on the western side and Pest on the eastern side, the wonders of Budapest cannot be narrowed down to just one specialism. While it's home to some incredible architecture (in the Art Nouveau style especially), which includes St Stephen's Basilica and the Szechenyi Chain Bridge, the Hungarian capital is also blessed with natural gifts in the form of an abundance of hot springs, meaning bathhouses have sprung up all over the city. Joy and hope can be found in several corners of the city, especially at the much-loved concert halls and theatres, though there are also stark reminders of the city's plight during WWII. Budapest is also an established food capital offering its own distinctive cuisine, which ranges from flavourful stews often flecked with paprika to its excellent selection of wines.

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Country: Hungary      Capital: Budapest      Local time in Budapest: 09:25       Currency: Forints       Population in Budapest (approx): 1.7m


  Sunrise: 07:16       Sunset: 17:39


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Don't miss the Great Market for a selection of souvenirs and handmade Hungarian gifts | Its scenic setting and architecture has earned it the nickname ''Paris of the East'' |The currency in Budapest is the forint, with Budapest being cheaper than most western European cities for almost everything

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