Budapest: Neither East or West

“If you come from Paris to Budapest, you think you are in Moscow,” Hungarian composer György Ligeti is quoted as saying. “But if you go from Moscow to Budapest, you think you are in Paris.” So, Budapest lies somewhere in between -- not East, not West -- a city that’s forged it’s own unique identity and spent centuries in the process. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf
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Strings of dried peppers, for paprika, cover entire walls at the Central Market in Budapest. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Strings of dried peppers, for paprika, cover entire walls at the Central Market in Budapest. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Nagy Zsinagóga, in Budapest, is Europe's largest synagogue.

Nagy Zsinagóga, in Budapest, is Europe's largest synagogue.

Romantic evening view of Pest and the Hungarian Parliament. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Romantic evening view of Pest and the Hungarian Parliament. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Hálászbastya (Fisherman's Bastion) provides panoramic views of the Danube and Pest. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace invites guests to discover the best of Budapest through a variety of cafés, shopping, architecture, museums and more.

Monument to the guild of fisherman that defended Budapest's city walls. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Monument to the guild of fisherman that defended Budapest's city walls. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

The Vásárcsarnok (Central Market Hall) in Budapest.

This photo from Pest, West is titled 'Nagy Vasarcsarnok (Central Market)'.

A metalic weeping willow stands in the courtyard of Budapest's Nagy Zsinagóga, a memorial to Holocaust victims. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

A metalic weeping willow stands in the courtyard of Budapest's Nagy Zsinagóga, a memorial to Holocaust victims. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Interior of St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest.

Read practical information about St Stephen's Basilica. Learn more about St Stephen's Basilica and other sights in Budapest with DK Eyewitness Travel.

Szent István Bazilika (St. Stephen's Basilica) in Budapest.

Stephen's Basilica) in Budapest.

The magnificent Országház (Hungarian Parliament Building) with 24 towers and central dome. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Free Budapest Attractions and Free Things to Do in Budapest

Ferocious lions by sculptor Marschalko János guard the entrance to the Chain Bridge. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

One of the guardian lions (with his tongue hidden) I, Daniel Csörföly (from Budapest, Hungary)

Széchenyl Chain Bridge, seen here in the foreground, was the first permanent bridge to unite Buda and Pest. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Széchenyl Chain Bridge, seen here in the foreground, was the first permanent bridge to unite Buda and Pest. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

Magyar Nemzeti Galéria (Hungarian National Gallery) and Royal Palace grounds. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

The Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria) at Buda Castle. An incredible collection of Hungarian art

The Hungarian Parliament, with it's graceful spires and dome, sits on the Pest side of the Danube. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

The Hungarian Parliament, with it's graceful spires and dome, sits on the Pest side of the Danube. - See more at: http://travelcuriousoften.com/october13-feature.php#sthash.MFiNEcjz.dpuf

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