Spas and Bars and Architecture
A very pretty city with free walking tours available that quickly inform a visitor that Hungary is a country only now getting a break. The unfortunate country and this city especially has been through a rough past, but Budapest keeps a uniquely eastern air because of it. Most of the appeal is centered around the nightlife and bar scene, but the architecture is plenty to keep someone active for a day. Hungarian food is suprisingly unique, and although I hated it, so is their alchohol.
Insider Tip:Travellers not interested in spas and partying should not plan to stay in Budapest for very long. English-language cinema is available, and the operahouse does sell last-minute tickets (but I don't know about English subtitles). There does not seem to be an active english playhouse, but for hungarian speakers there seems to be endless shows to pick from. The museums did not really interest me.