Budapest, the elegant Hungarian capital, stands by the legendary Danube River. The city traces its origins to the ancient Roman era, largely because of the many hot springs in and around Budapest. The city has a generous number of bathhouses, right from old Turkish baths to more modern ones, where travelers have come for centuries to ‘take the waters’. Like other major European cities, Budapest too has been shaped by a rich history of many centuries. A cable car ride from the Old Town Square up to the city’s Castle Hill offers a panoramic view of this lovely old city with its many ancient, medieval as well as modern landmarks. Don’t forget to sample the iconic Hungarian goulash, a hearty stew served with tiny egg noodles or csipetke. Try the halászlé, a traditional fisherman’s soup with a glass of Tokaj, or local Magyar wine. When in town, sample the delicious local street food at the Great Market Hall, chased by refreshing drinks like fröccs or pálinka.