Budapest has been called "the little Paris on the Danube", and it is with good reason. The majestic Danube River divides the city into its Buda and Pest sides, and views from either embankment are breathtaking. For example, the Gothic style Parliament building graces the Pest side while high on Castle Hill the Royal Palace crowns the hilly Buda side. The two sides are connected with marvellous bridges such as Chain Bridge or Elisabeth Bridge.
Like any major city, Budapest has world-class museums whose exhibitions range from fine art to the archaeological finds of the Roman-era city of Aquincum just outside of Budapest. We all know that music is an international language, and Budapest has many music and dance clubs, classical concerts, and ballet performances. It is well worth attending a performance at the beautiful Opera House.
Outdoor enthusiasts also find their place in this city of 2 million inhabitants-on jogging trials, swimming pools, and tennis courts in the city parks, like Margaret Island a green sanctuary from city noise and traffic and floating in the middle of the Danube. Not too far away is Városliget (City Park), which also has its water attraction, but in the form of the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Central Europe.
With so much to offer, you will find it easy to become familiar with the city and to quickly feel at home even in two days.