|Hungary's romantic and elegant capital city was originally two separate cities built on either side of the Danube River, named Buda and Pest. Now united as one magnificent city, Budapest is filled with grand old buildings and elegant bridges, and is considered the "Paris" of Eastern Europe. Although the two districts have been combined, they still retain their distinct differences and personalities. Buda, the older, more charming part, has cobbled streets, colorful homes and medieval buildings. Pest, the commercial side of the city, is the fashionable part of town with stylish, chic shopping and picturesque tree-lined boulevards.