The Telegraph / Adrian Phillips and Monica Phillips
Since emerging from behind the Iron Curtain, Budapest has become one of Europe's best-loved short-break destinations. And with good reason. The city has been called the 'Paris of the East', and romance is all around. Through the middle runs the Danube, lights from illuminated bridges dancing at its surface. The hills of Buda rear from the western bank, home to the cobbled medieval quarter with its grand palace and multi-coloured Matthias Church. Across the river sits the magnificent domed Parliament building, and around it the elegant 19th-century mansions that today contain the shops, bars and cafés that give Pest its buzz. Click for the full article.