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Budapest Profile

Buda and Pest are separated by the Danube River, each side unique in itself but complementary to the other. To the city's west is hilly Buda vaunting an enchanting Historic District at its heart. To the east is the vast and relatively flat Pest, imbued with an historic pride rooted in trade and commerce.
At times united during its turbulent history, at other times divided, the two cities experienced the shared fate of numerous invasions and subsequent rising-from-the-ashes. Over the centuries, the Romans, Turks, numerous European countries (vis-a-vie the Hapsburgs) and the Soviets have left their calling card on all aspects of the city's life and culture. But whether exploring the folk music filled taverns of Buda, or viewing the astonishing craft exhibitions in Pest, it becomes obvious that the entity that is Budapest endures.
To truly experience Buda is to walk the historic streets. The city's Medieval, Baroque and Classical flourishes, the various monuments - damaged during World War II - have been meticulously restored. Pest, thanks to its level terrain and spacious area, is home to numerous museums that house the nation's greatest art and historical collections. The parks are larger than in Buda, the monuments immense and because of its commercial activity, the pollution is at times difficult to ignore. Add to this Pest's somewhat cutting edge interest in the arts, and you have an exciting and oh, so contemporary, city - a superb complement to her more old fashioned partner Buda, just across the Danube.