Buda and Pest, the city's two distinct halves, come together to form the Hungarian capital, a captivatingly authentic city shaped by a myriad influences from Ottoman to Soviet, and this felt every step of the way — felt in the ruin pubs that litter the old Jewish ghetto, felt in the cuisine excitingly throwing things together you’d never consider, felt in the bubbling waters of its many thermal baths, and felt in the glorious architecture that’s bound to captivate. Spend the day at a museum and the night at a dive bar, or spend it any way you like, but walk wherever you can, because this is one of the most walkable cities anywhere in the world.

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