From ancient Celtic origins through to pillaging by the Mongols and on to become the co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Budapest has a fascinating and complex history astride the River Danube.
Take a walk across the Széchenyi Chain Bridge for some of the best views along the river and up to the castle, and then take a look at the more unusual things to see in Budapest.
1. St. Stephen’s Basilica
The basilica is worth visiting for its grand facade and peaceful nave, but the real surprise is in the Chapel of the Holy Right. Yes, it really is a thousand-year-old mummified hand in a golden box.