The city of Budapest was once split between Buda and Pest. The two cities were connected in 1873 by the Chain Bridge to create Budapest. Upon arrival memorize which side of the city you are on because still, people refer to the two sides as either the "Buda side" or the "Pest side". The Chain Bridge is great to walk along and take pictures from. Walk along the Danube River and see what amazing architecture you can soak up. The Hungarian Parliament building lays along the river. There are always people flocked outside the parliament taking pictures or just enjoying themselves. If you'd like to take a tour of the building, then you should book a time online ahead of time. There are many different statues and monuments all around Budapest. Probably the most famous is the Shoes on the Danube monument which recognizes all the Jews wrongly killed in Budapest’s history. The Fisherman’s Bastion is another can't miss stop while in Budapest. This former fortification has two ways to get to its lookout points, you can either take the bus or hike up to the top. You can get a great view of Budapest from this point if you can try to arrive as early as possible to have the whole complex to yourself. St Stephen’s Basilica is a centrally located church worth your time to see. Its high, ornate ceilings are simply amazing. There is usually a donation box placed at the entrance and it is encouraged to offer a small donation, but the church staff does not care about which currency.