The River Danube separates Hungary’s capital into Buda and Pest, making up two very different parts to the city. For an appreciation of Budapest’s rich history go for a hotel in Castle Hill, on the Buda side. It features the key Old Town attractions, including the impressive Buda Castle, home to the Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum. The cobbled streets and leafy passageways are great for couples to wander around and take in the medieval architecture. The Pest side is more modern and less hilly; look for a hotel in District V, known as downtown, to experience the bustling atmosphere of the city. There are plenty of restaurants serving both local and world cuisine. The family-run Zeller Bistro has a great reputation and offers traditional Hungarian cooking. It’s right in the centre of the district too. St Stephen’s Basilica is one of the area’s highlights, offering great views from its dome. You can find some plush hotels in District VI, or Theresa Town, which features the charming Andrassy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also tourist attractions such as the State Opera House and the House of Terror, which reveal the shocking crimes of Hungary’s Stalinist and fascist regimes. They are only a ten-minute walk from each other too. Those looking for a buzzing nightlife will want to stay in a hotel in District VII, home of a complex of courtyards containing many ruin bars and restaurants. Known as Elizabeth Town, this Jewish quarter also boasts the Great Synagogue, the second largest in the world, and is a stunning mix of both Romantic and Moorish architecture.