With picturesque scenery, rich history, and great nightlife, Budapest ticks a lot of boxes for weekend breakers. The capital of Hungary is formed by what was formerly two cities: Buda and Pest. The two parts of the city are divided by the River Danube, with the Buda side known for its hills and winding roads, as well as the castle district. The Pest area is more urbanised, home to the city’s nightlife and attractions such as St Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and the second largest synagogue in the world.
Hungary’s heritage is certainly varied, and this is reflected in its capital. It was conquered by the Magyars from the Ural Mountains, followed by the Romans and then the Ottaman Empire. The country lost 72% of its territory after World War I, picked the wrong side during World War II, and was finally run by communists until 1989.