Before politics compromised Hungary’s influence, its capital twin cities—Buda and Pestrivalled Paris as a centre for fine art and artistic and intellectual achievement. Though evidence of Budapest’s post-Nazi, post-Communist restoration is abundant, the process is by no means complete, leaving an opportunity for the curious traveller to witness the past while watching the future emerge.
ABOVE: Romantically described as the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest is a city of extremes. Pest’s dramatic skyline features St. Stephen’s Basilica at its centre.
Twin cities, Buda and Pest are divided by the Danube River.
ABOVE: The Gothic spires of the Hungarian Parliament building in Pest.
ABOVE: Baroque sculpture on Buda’s Castle Hill.