It’s so easy to fall in love with Budapest, which has long been regarded as one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Danube” and the “Paris of the East,” Hungary's charming capital boasts a rich history, beautiful buildings, old fashioned coffee houses, historic thermal baths, lively wine bars and a vibrant restaurant scene. One of Budapest’s best features is the panoramic Danube River with eight bridges connecting Buda in the west and Pest in the east. Castle Hill and Chain Bridge are perhaps the most recognized landmarks in the city, but Budapest is also home to the largest thermal water system in the world, the largest synagogue in Europe, the oldest subway in mainland Europe and the third largest Parliament building in the world.