Budapest has all the elements for a nice European city break: A nice river (Danube River) goes through the city, separating the original two cities, Buda and Pest. Along the two river banks you have loads of historical monuments and buildings. At the Buda side you have an easily accessible Buda Castle Hill which gives you a wonderful panoramic view of the city. If you are tired, just pop into an inexpensive river cruise to have a short trip to see the Margit Island.
For anyone visiting Budapest, I think a visit to the Buda Castle Hill district is a must. It’s easy to go there by the funicular near the Chain Bridge. Walking in the Buda Castle, you can sample the breathtaking panoramic view of Danube river and the city – and most importantly the famous Hungarian Parliament House as well. Also because the area is quite large, you won’t feel too crowded even at peak hour. When you are tired, there are loads of nice restaurants there to take a break.
This picture was taken at Buda Castle, with a nice view of Chain Bridge and the Parliament House. One tips on the visit: as it’s at the west bank of the city, it’s better to visit there in late afternoon and avoid the morning. In late afternoon, the fading sun rays will provide a soft illumination on the east bank, creating an excellent lighting condition for both viewing and shooting. On the other hand, in the morning you will be facing the sunlight directly and can barely open your eyes.