Budapest, Hungary: Fisherman's Bastion
When planning my return trip to Europe earlier this year, the first city I decided I 'needed' to visit was Budapest. Despite having no significant historical past, the Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion is one of the most incredible places that i have visited to date. Sitting between the columns, watching human doings across the Danube and appreciating the historical buildings present along the banks makes the city feel as historically rich as Berlin, whilst the early morning fog over the neo-gothic and neo-romanesque style terrace and turrets, makes the city feel more romantic than Paris.
Although not the cheapest hotel in the area, the Hilton Budapest has got to be the best and is worth splurging on for at least a one-night stay. The hotel is located at the top of the Budapest castle district and practically a part of the framework of Fisherman's Bastion. Although a long climb up and down from the main city and bridges, there are so many different paths to explore and if you're feeling lazy it's a mere 5 euro taxi right to the hotel from the Chain Bridge. Perhaps you'll get a taxi driver as lovely as the one I happened upon, who took it upon himself to provide me with a little tour (including narration!) of the castle district for no extra charge.