- By Judy P.
- Published 08/27/2007
The charming Hungarian capital is known as the ‘Queen of the Danube’ and the ‘Paris of the East’. The city straddles both sides of the River Danube and comprises of what were originally two distinct cities Buda and Pest. Of the two Buda is the older section located on the left bank of the River Danube. Buda possess an old world charm with its cobbled streets, medieval neo classical architecture set amongst gentle hills. Pest located on the east bank is the commercial heart of the city with its fancy shopping districts and wide boulevards built in an efficient grid like manner on the flatter plain. The city along with other Eastern European cities of Krakow and Prague in recent times has become a tourist favorite with millions visiting the city every year.